Russell Simmons bringing his wallet flexing “poet” friend Kanye West by the “Occupy Wall Street” protests and we thought we’d share:
Yes, that Kanye West—the one with the $25,000 chains and small child-sized Horus-head-as-bling pieces—dropped into Occupy Wall Street today. He was apparently accompanied by Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, who Tweeted “kanye west is on his way to #occupywallstreet” with this photo:
Kanye West caused a stir as he joined the throng of supporters at the Occupy Wall Street protests at Zuccotti Park in New York City earlier today. Appearing somewhat more demure than usual—gold chains notwithstanding — West congregated briefly with mogul Russell Simmons, who tweeted a photo of the two at the ongoing public demonstrations addressing corporate greed, corrupt politics and social injustice.
Despite a penchant for Maison Martin Margiela and tricked-out Maybachs, West has long espoused very vocal opinions about the US government and socioeconomic malaises; most famously in 2005, when he derided President George Bush for not “caring about Black people” during Hurricane Katrina. The extent of West’s official support for Occupy Wall Street remains to be seen.
Last week Talib Kweli also visited the site as the first rapper to publicly lend his support in the lower Manhattan protests. The Brooklyn native marked his appearance with a preview of a new song.