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Open Letter to Kanye West via iCON

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I love this! Recently my dear friend and talented visionary iCON Billingsley (@icontips on social media) wrote an open letter to Kanye West. Now Icon has an exceptional knack for punch lines and a way with emotions most of us feel yet don’t know how to express. This letter was following the recent rants and raves Kanye West has publicly been letting loose and I really felt what it conveyed.

The letter is subtly discomforting yet hits the reality of what needs to be modified in Kanye’s approach. I honestly share the same sentiments for Mr. West and it would be beneficial for him to get a hold of this letter as it’s definitely not coming from the perspective of bashing or hate, which I’m certain he frequently receives, yet isn’t exactly the brown nosing I’m sure he is accustomed to.

Read the letter below.

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Dear Kanye West,

Before we get past sentence uno; NO, I don’t have the answers.  But what I do have is the yearn to help YOU find one.  I, being a substantial fan and connoisseur of your work ethic, taste in culture and in women, have sat back and watched you shave the back of this “industry” long enough.  Hair is everywhere.

Kanye.  It is time to reevaluate your emotions, reconsider your actions and only then will you find RESOLUTION.  We can no longer allow these rants to become more and more of your reality.  Your rants only keep you under an old flickering spotlight while actions will shine the light on a broader scope.  What we have to do is pick up the scratch sheets of paper and piece back together this revolutionary movement that I know exists in your psyche.

We have to STOP reacting before realizing.  You speak of these creative geniuses all the time that had several doors slammed in their faces without having a lucrative cushion to fall back on.  Yes, Ye.  YOU have something to fall back, back, forth and forth on.  If you really want to channel these legendary icons of pop culture, don’t just draw from their success and what they were ABLE to do but also shine that little light of yours on their struggle.  We can’t forget that.  We can NEVER forget our struggle.  And trust me, some are way heavier than your over-sized Celine bag packed with your written down ideas.

Walt Disney, Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs and Andy Warhol— Scratch that.  Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver and Albert Einstein were QUIETLY colossal.  And not to mention, they have already passed the deadline of fading away.  You have to move in silence like the ‘K’ in ‘KNOWLES.’  When the figures that paved the way hit a bump in the road, they didn’t stop and bitch about it for an entire (scheduled) segment during a show that people paid to see.  You can’t show everyone your frustrations.  Instead, show them your facilitation.  Edit, then execute.

The drawing board can always be washed clean with the blood of the lamb, which I am sure I saw you sacrifice at your show here in Atlanta this past weekend.  Listen, brother.  I appreciate the aesthetic that you uphold and what you desire to do for us as a people.  But what every legend did differently before you was shut up while being taught.  Simple.  You can be the smartest kid in second period, but let me tell you, there maybe someone who studied harder in fourth period.  You will NEVER learn anything if you are continuously trying to teach while being taught.

You have sold millions of albums.  You have sold out arenas.  You have even sold out sneakers, paraphernalia and product.  But what hasn’t been purchased is your sense of entitlement.  Anna Wintour (American Vogue), Emmanulle Alt (Vogue Paris), Laura Brown (Harper’s Bazaar) and Carrine Roitfled (editor of everything) have all been fresh out of coin for that buy.  Let’s spend more time on what’s free and beneficial.  Attitude adjusting.

I can go on and on, Kanye, because I love you and most importantly, I BELIEVE.  But if NO one seems to have the answers – then maybe you should reassess your questions.  But this time before reacting.

Sincerely,

A Guy Who’s Nickname Is Really What He Is Working Towards Being In Real Life,

iCON Billingsley

Was not Icon spot on?

Some of my favorite points below.

It is time to reevaluate your emotions, reconsider your actions and only then will you find RESOLUTION.

In order to move forward we all need to take a step back so we can take a few steps ahead. We need take these exact actions so that we may see things clearer. We can point at Kanye West all we want, but let’s face it–we have our own issues to resolve. Let’s all reevaluate our emotions,  reconsider our actions, and find a resolution. A lot of this often unveils along with prayer and quiet times with God.

You can’t show everyone your frustrations.  Instead, show them your facilitation.  Edit, then execute.

Nothing really translates this better than Proverbs 29:11.

“Stupid people express their anger openly, but sensible people are patient and hold it back.” (GNT)

“A [self-confident] fool utters all his anger, but a wise man holds it back and stills it.” (AMP)

The drawing board can always be washed clean with the blood of the lamb…

Ding! Ding! Ding!

…how much more is accomplished by the blood of Christ!…His blood will purify our consciences from useless rituals, so that we may serve the living God. (Hebrews 9:14 GNT)

You will NEVER learn anything if you are continuously trying to teach while being taught.

This reminds me of James 1:19-20.

“Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry. For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires].” (AMP)

All in all, I feel Yeezy needs a bit of humble pie. A little bit of Jesus wouldn’t hurt either but like Russell Simmons always tweets, “If u can grind without worrying about the results, eventually ur going to reach enlightenment.” Kanye West has quite the creative mind and manages to inspire (although sometimes a bit too dark for my taste) simply by sharing his visions. All the extra he dishes is basically him standing in his own way. As much as it may seem like it boosts publicity, it’s unnecessary to his talent. Icon’s advice is something I co-sign and something Mr. West must heed if he wants to grow and withstand time.

What are your thoughts on Kanye West and his constant venting? Comment below!

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Enjoy and God bless!

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