According to Simmons, they recently spoke face-to-face and he realized just how passionate Ye is about making a difference in the world.
“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. 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.” (Global Grind)
In Simmons’ opinion, Mr. West has the power to lead masses into a new generation of advancement.
“We will no longer be lost in the world and we will survive in this America. I believe these truths to be self-evident. That is what Kanye West told me on a cold morning in New York City just seven days ago. It is his genius, his tenacity, his creativity, his relentlessness and his madness, that will allow us all to one day have the ability to touch the sky.” (Global Grind)
Shortly after Russell posted his blog entry, Kanye jumped at the opportunity to respond.
“Thank you Russel for these kind insightful words, I appreciate your mentorship.,” Kanye tweeted November 27. (Kanye West’s Twitter)