Kanye West has had a whirlwind media tour over the past few days, and more than once things have gotten a little contentious as interviewers have seemed to challenge his taste, his views and his ideas. In what feels like a perfect cap to the week, Kanye just got a powerful voice in his corner that actually seems to grasp what he's getting at.
In a post on his website Global Grind, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons described his first experience being blown away by Kanye's poetry and weighed in on the importance of Kanye's message. He talked about getting lunch with Kanye last week and deflected criticisms of the rapper, noting that "[w]hat’s often times misunderstood about Kanye is that people believe he wants all of this for himself, in fact, quite the opposite, he wants all of this for the rest of us." He went on to describe the way Kanye is breaking down societal constraints and defended his so-called "rants":
Certainly he wants a piece for himself…everybody would, but at his core, at the bottom of his heart, lies an inner-truth that has led to an external battle to make this world a bit easier for those who have been dealt a hand of struggle, by showing them a glimmer of hope through his art.
It is his generation that has this power. He knows it. He feels it. He tastes it. And he so badly wants it like mad. So, you may think he’s mad when he goes on his “Yeezy rants,” but it is a different kind of mad. It is a mad that keeps you up at night, knowing that if you fall asleep, you are wasting time. It is a mad that makes you go into the lab and work seven days with no sleep, cause you want to perfect your craft. It is a mad that sees the world still unfair for women and people of color, that makes you want to break down every door that they say is locked and can never be open. It is a mad-scientist kind of mad. One who wants to uplift his people to the top of the mountain, so in unison, they can chant from the top of their lungs, “No One Man Should All That Power!” He is fighting for his generation, his people, his country, his planet earth….like a motherfuckin’ monster!
It's a short post, and the whole thing's worth reading. It's refreshing to see someone who seems to be totally on board with what Kanye's trying to say and is willing to try to help explain it better instead of picking it apart. Check out the full post here.
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