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Russell Simmons Stands Up To Defend Kanye

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This week has been full of Kanye West “rants,” including the ones he has done about nike, telling people not to shop at Louis Vuitton on Power 105, and breaking into an argument during a radio interview with Sway Calloway. While Ye may be stirring up drama left and right to get his voice heard, it seems like one man has his back and that man is Russell Simmons.

In an op-ed written for Global Grind, the co-founder of Def Jam, Russell Simmons has stood up for Kanye and his recent actions.

“I recently sat down with Ye in New York and got the chance to hear about his hopes and ambitions, his frustrations and contradictions, his happiness and his anger,” Simmons wrote. “But through it all, what I felt from Kanye was an artist who desperately wants to leave his imprint in the history books. What’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 wants to destroy the glass ceiling with 808′s and crack music…so one day WE have the power to see all of the lights. 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.”

A grateful Yeezy responded to this post on Twitter soon after stating,

“@kanyewest: Thank you Russel for these kind insightful words, I appreciate your mentorship.”

What do you think? Did Russell Simmons make a good point? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Jade

    November 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Thank you Russel, If people would stop listening to what other think, and start listening for yourself, go beyond what the person who wrote the negative and think for yourself. Kanye has said this over and over again, how he wants to help people and not only through music, how come he can’t be in the clothing business, how many other rappers have clothing lines, oh what because he’s Kanye he can’t, what he said about the leather sweat pants, was true, look around people where them all the time and pay good money for them, an idea that Kanye had and someone stole, come on people start making your OWN choice, and stop letting other people think for you. Take time to really listen to some of his interviews, he makes some valid points especially about the fashion industry.

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Janet Jackson Facetimed Teyana Taylor And It Was Epic … This Is How It Went Down!

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Dreams do come true, just ask Teyana Taylor.

Everyone knows that TT is the biggest Janet Jackson fan on the planet. She even mimicked her 1995 VMAs look at this year’s show.

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But we digress…

Taylor was on her way to see Jackson’s “State Of The World” tour when her flight got delayed and she missed the show. Naturally, she took to Twitter to express her disappointment.

And that’s when the most marvelous thing happened. Janet got wind of Teyana’s tweet and hit her up directly. Do y’all understand, JANET JACKSON FACETIMED TEYANA TAYLOR. This moments deserves all caps.

And of course, TT told Twitter about it.

Then, Ms. Nasty herself posted a photo just so we’d have receipts!

When they meet in person Teyana may pass out.

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