As you’ve surely seen and heard by now, last night Kanye West was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital after what dispatchers called a “psychiatric emergency.” This comes just days after concerts in San Jose and Sacramento where the rapper made some shocking off-kilter remarks supporting Donald Trump, and taking shots at friends Beyonce, Jay and Drake. Something was off.
Most will never know the tremendous pressures of the music business — or the trappings of fame. And Kanye has endured this more than most — certainly more than the other artists of his 2004 class.
That said, longtime friend and collaborator, Twista, who himself has stayed relevant for over 25 years in the game, sent over an open letter penned to Yeezy. He empathizes, sympathizes, and lets Kanye and the world know he has his full support. Twista understands like most never could.
Get well soon, Kanye. Read Twista’s wise words below.
Andrew Barber 0
I woke up this morning and i felt the need to prayer for those who might not have a voice to pray. The music business is a very stressful business to be in, i been doing this for a very long time and believe me when i say it takes a very strong minded person to go thru the daily shit that you have to go thru. “the smile of a clown” a clown gets paid to make other people happy, even if that clown might be going through a mental break down, that clown can’t let the public see him cry or else he might loose the only job that helps him take care of his family.
the music business is all about profit and elevation, the more hotter you are the more money you make, the longer your career lasts. the only catch to that is no one stays hot forever, no one can be new over and over again, so now you have the pressure from your fans, record label, friends,family, bill collectors, and the media to keep making hot music and never get old. take a min and think about that, can you imagine the pressure and responsibility a person gotta have not only to be successful but also to stay successful too?