Kanye West has had a whirlwindmediatour 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'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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