Dear Kanye West, Please Leave Amy Winehouse's Music Alone
Congratulations. You are officially the most bemusing man in music. We say this because it's been seven years since The College Dropout and we still can't figure out if you're a sly genius or a blinkered buffoon.
So it seems odd that you would decide to, in the event of her death, start covering Amy's music. At a recent UK festival, The Big Chill, you did renditions of "Back To Black" and "Tears Dry On Their Own", and now Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper is reporting that you are recording your own version of "Back To Black".
We want to believe that your heart is in the right place and the sentiment is sweet. Who knows? Maybe you really do think you're paying tribute to her. But wouldn't it be more appropriate to do what Green Day has reportedly just done, and write an original song for her?
The fact is, Kanye, even though you said you met Amy at Paris Fashion Week once and that you really liked her, she did repeatedly tell the world she thought you were a cunt. So perhaps it would be more respectful, now she's no longer around to call you a cunt again, to leave her music alone. As talented and creative as you are, you are not going to make any improvements to a song that is already perfect. To even try to carries with it a little bit of disrespect under the circumstances.
This is not the dumbest thing you've ever done (we, MTV, Taylor Swift and the rest of the world all know full well what that was), but it's not your usual level of buffoonery, either. Usually, Kanye, your lack of awareness is hilarious ("Fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on" remains one of our favorite Tweets of all time), but this time, you're leaving us with nothing to smile about at all.
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