Russell Simmons recently came to Kanye West's defense after the negative publicity he has got since his "Today Show" appearance. In an open letter, Simmons talks about Kanye's career and the ups and downs.
"Your life story took a tough turn with the passing of your mother. Although we grieved with you, we never really knew how much pain you were in. We witnessed your moment at the MTV Music Awards and many of us dismissed it as, "oh that is just Kanye being Kanye." The hard part of all of this, is that we have all had moments in our lives that have been challenging, painful and hard to overcome, however most of us just hide our emotions and never deal with that inner struggle that we face on a daily basis. As an artist, Kanye, you have always looked inside for your inspiration… always exuding emotions that are in us, but that we never expose. That is what artistry is about… to look inside for what is unique. With your journey towards a higher level of consciousness, a journey that we all are on, you have shown through your art a commitment to greatness." (Huffington Post)
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