With Kanye West putting his usual no-press ways aside these past few weeks, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has taken a moment to give his praises to Mr. West on his forward thinking and limitless ambition. Crafting up a blog post on his Global Grind website, Simmons described his first experience with Kanye on Def Poety Jam, and how he was blown away with Ye’s message. Also going on to describe the way Kanye is breaking down societal constraints and defended his “rants,” going on to say the following:
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!
With a lot of negativity being thrown towards Kanye as of late, its good to see that he still has powerful people in his corner.