Dear Kanye West, Please Leave Amy Winehouse's Music Alone

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Dear Kanye West,

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.

Earlier this month, you released Watch The Throne with Jay-Z, and we remembered just how great you could be. We have to also admit that the realization that Jay-Z was willing to spend an entire album's worth of time in the studio with you made us think, once and for all, that you couldn't possibly really be the crazed megalomaniac you so often present to the world. "A man as sensible as Jay-Z wouldn't possibly volunteer for that!" we thought. "So it has been an act all along!" we concluded, happy to finally have the riddle solved.



But no. As is always the case with you, Mr West, the smart has a tendency to be accompanied by a little bit of stupid. You can't, sir, have forgotten about the fact that during her Glastonbury Festival performance in 2008, Amy Winehouse referred to you not once, not twice, but three times as a "cunt" -- and not in that goofy British having-a-laugh kind of way. She meant it. You must remember it because you blogged about it at the time and said "Amy Winehouse Hates Me!!! Now I've Really Made It!!! LOL!!!"

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?

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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.   

So, congratulations on keeping us confused, and massive congratulations on the new album. But please, Kanye, please leave Amy Winehouse's music alone. We'd all be much obliged.

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Horrez White
Horrez White

I hope and pray that my most and only favorite artist Kanye West is very careful in dealing with Jay Z.  I  really don't have any thing bad to say about Jay Z,but i got this feeling inside of me and i just want Kanye  West to watch his back and to be careful Please..I love you   Kanye West and i want you to live a long,long,long time.

Volta Sherland
Volta Sherland

Get the antidote for megalomania.  kanye is in bad shape

m to the g
m to the g

Way to take a stand, girl!!! Kayne's musical necrophilia has gotta stop. Now he's fucking with Amy? Will he wait till Stevie's dead to caboose onto his legacy? Guy's annexed the music of Curtis, Ray, Marvin, Prince, Al, Otis, Chaka, Gladys, Aretha, and countless other dead (and living) legends.

Here's a lesson, college dropout: The difference between Amy and yerself is that Amy wrote her own hooks (with the exception of one Nick Ashford pinch). This ain't an argument against sampling in hip hop. It's an argument against lazy authorship and faulty logic -- greatness by association (in your case, purchasing the hooks of several immortals you'd like to call peers). If the saying about "great writers stealing" is true, then that makes you top dog, dawg!!

He represents the essence of our creeping cultural dilemma -- a dangerous mix of  megalomania and narcissism -- endless soapboxing with little goods to match.

Spend less time in the mirror and more time in the studio, Westy.

With you 100%.

Charley555
Charley555

Wow, you people will eat up anything the mass media and record labels will feed you. If Kanye died, I doubt any of you would be happy with an artist you don't like "paying tribute" to him unless of course it was one of the record label-approved mass artists. I wish the fucking nukes would drop already.

mehmehmehmeh
mehmehmehmeh

Tbh Amy winehouse probably would have thought you're a cunt too.

omarsarsour
omarsarsour

Who are you to tell a musical artist who they can be inspired by and who they can pay tribute to? That's very closed minded to say the least. Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson also had a falling out and Amy Winehouse said he was dead to her. Does that disallow Mark Ronson from paying tribute to Winehouse as well, despite all the music they collaborated on? I'm a huge fan of both Kanye and Amy. I think this will be an amazing cover of her song. One thing you can not deny about Kanye West is his passion for and towards music. I feel like this will a be a genuine heartfelt performance from Kanye. If Kanye isn't your cup of tea, you have every right to not listen to the song. But you have absolutely no right to tell a man what he can or can't do. This is his profession.

Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards

"you have absolutely no right to tell a man what he can or can't do. This is his profession"Writing is Rae's profession.  And yet here you are telling her what she can or can't do.  Does this rule not apply to women, or is it only journalists who fall under your diocese?

omarsarsour
omarsarsour

What does any of this have to do with gender? Just out of curiosity? Haha. You really baffled me. I was unaware the writer was male or female but thank you for completely going off tangent.

And here, all you did was expose the writer's own hypocrisy in who the writer deems can or can not express themselves. No where, in anything I wrote, did I mention gender. I didn't even question the writer's freedom to write. I'm merely pointing out that the writer has no right to tell a musician whether they can or can't make a SONG. I never said the writer can't WRITE AN ARTICLE. And the main arguement for this article comes off as "Oh because Kanye is a jerk and Amy Winehouse called him a cunt?" So once again, I ask, does that mean Mark Ronson is not allowed (by our esteemed writer) to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse as well? Or is there only a gripe with Kanye West for some reason? Don't you find it strange that the writer is telling another individual who he or she can't pay TRIBUTE to in the terms of a memorial?

Very cheap point, on your behalf, by making this into a gender issue. Just like it would be cheap, on my behalf, to make this about race.

Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards

Dear god you are dense.  OK, here, in words of one syllable or less, is the point you missed:

You said that Rae has no right to tell a man what to do in his job.  Yet here you are, telling Rae what she can or can't do in her job.  Do you see?

doodle
doodle

What an awesome article!! I heard it's him singing through autotune?? I love Kanye but he is completely tone deaf and autotune is annoying. He is a genius sampler; I wish he would sample Amy and make an awesome rap. Ugh.

DCAPP
DCAPP

WRITER SOUNDS LIKE SHE COULD USE A NICE DICK!!!!!

HEY RAE, BABE YOU CAN MEET IN THE BATHROOM STAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

DCAPP
DCAPP

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME BRINGIN GANGSTA BACK!!!!!!

BOW BOW BOW!!!!!!!

Yusofnazari
Yusofnazari

*Author acting as if My Beautiful Dark twisted Fantasy isn't one of the highest rated albums of all time.*

Jesus, could you be any more biased? Shouldn't you be hating on the drug addict who killed herself with her idiotic addiction and not the critically and commercially acclaimed artist who called out a shitty country artist for being shitty? Not even a big deal really. Where was Amy Winehouse before she died really? I mean no disrespect as she was a good artist but seriously if you don't want to listen to a Kanye hip-hop rendition of "back to black" for a fucking tribute this is what you do.

1. Don't fucking listen to it.

2.?????????

3.Profit!!!

phillipnguyen
phillipnguyen

lol @ ben replying to every reply trying to defend the article.

but anyways, i'm a big fan of both artists. 'frank' and 'back to black' are among my most played albums in iTunes, and with kanye's latest (solo) album— can't believe he topped something as great as college dropout. anyone who hates on the talent of these two needs to sit the fuck down.

Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards

The article needs no defense.  I'm trying to defend the proud tradition of humour up in this bitch, because Kanye fans appear to have none.  Cunts.

meanqueenland
meanqueenland

I want my  time back of reading this stupid article jeez why come down on kanye west so hard he said he was sorry for what he done to Taylor swift what he suppose to do kill himself just to prove how sorry he was? move on true it was wrong for he did but he regrets it and if wants to pay respects to Amy winehouse well that his choice , least he didn't bad mouth her after she died   so just leave him alone already . 

Treez93
Treez93

Everyone who is disgusted by this article need only Google Rae to see how much of a confused troll nobody she is. It's quite fascinating that she styles herself as some sort of avant–garde music critic speaking for the masses, yet found herself blogging about music on Justin Timberlake's website. Lol, REALLY??? Yeah, those bubble gum pop articles really honed your writing skills I see, lmao!

Clearly, this article was written in a hateful manner to get hits by being as inflammatory as possible and it worked, abet, not in the fashion that she might have imagined. One can see how small a critical thinker she is. No doubt in her mind she thought people are as a petty as she is, harboring grudges about things that have happened years ago. I'm sure this backlash has surely confused her.

You see Rae, this article proves why Kanye is a better person than you could ever hope to be. He's willing to put a past dis behind him to honor a person who he felt was truly deserving of it. You, on the other hand, will be memorized as the petty twit who lacks foresight to realize that a public dispute in life, doesn't preclude honoring said person after their death. It's called having humanity sweetie, and clearly you have none.

Kanye is no saint and has a whole host of problems, and by all objective measures has done a lot of cunty things, but for you to write and article like this, totally ignoring the scummy aspects of Amy Winehouse, is quite sad. You could have linked these two artists through their mutually tortured souls and written something truly insightful, but I guess they don't teach basic writing at Cardiff, no?

P.S. It's clear from the venom in this article that you have some serious pain and life issues to work out (I've been there too). I suggest you start by trying to figure out who you are and begin loving yourself.

Rae Alexandra
Rae Alexandra

Thanks for checking out my resume, dude. The funny thing is, I actually wrote something really nice about Kanye for Justin Timberlake's website once. Oh, the irony!

Treez93
Treez93

Everyone who is disgusted by this article need only Google Rae to see how much of a confused troll nobody she is. It's quite fascinating that she styles herself as some sort of avant–garde music critic speaking for the masses, yet found herself blogging about music for justintimberlake.com. Lol, REALLY??? Yeah, those bubble gum pop articles really honed your writing skills I see, lmao!

Clearly, this article was written in a hateful manner to get hits by being as inflammatory as possible and it worked, abet, not in the fashion that she might have imagined. One can see how small a critical thinker she is. No doubt in her mind she thought people are as a petty as she is, harboring grudges about things that have happened years ago. I'm sure this backlash has surely confused her.

You see Rae, this article proves why Kanye is a better person than you could ever hope to be. He's willing to put a past dis behind him to honor a person who he felt was truly deserving of it. You, on the other hand, will be memorized as the petty twit who lacks foresight to realize that a public dispute in life, doesn't preclude honoring said person after their death. It's called having humanity sweetie, and clearly you have none.

Kanye is no saint and has a whole host of problems, and by all objective measures has done a lot of cunty things, but for you to write and article like this, totally ignoring the scummy aspects of Amy Winehouse is quite sad. You could have linked these two artists through their mutually tortured souls and written something truly insightful, but I guess they don't teach basic writing at Cardiff, no?

P.S. It's clear from the venom in this article that you have some serious pain and life issues to work out (I've been there too). I suggest you start by alltrying to figure out who you are and begin loving yourself.

FuckRaeAlexandra
FuckRaeAlexandra

Let any artist pay tribute to her the way they want.  An article criticizing an homage to her is utterly disgusting.  These words need to be written: Rae Alexandra is a fucking idiot

Amy
Amy

Well said. I feel like I need to take a shower to wash all this stupidity off from just reading this bullshit. Let me second your observation: Rae Alexadra is a fucking idiot

Mitch Alexandra
Mitch Alexandra

It really is time for Rae Alexandra to be a car accident victim

FuckRaeAlexandra
FuckRaeAlexandra

Hilarious! By your logic, you just called yourself dangerously stupid (chequers). She's dangerously stupid. You're just a fucking idiot.

Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards

If Blake doesn't understand that duelling by the stables no longer exists, I'd suggest that it was HE who was dangerously stupid.  Though of course if he DOES then it's YOU who's dangerously stupid.  It's dangerously stupid chequers!

FuckRaeAlexandra
FuckRaeAlexandra

Now I just feel bad for you. You keep showing how dangerously stupid you are. I know you're joking about "challenging...by the stables" but do you think Blake does? Just STOP.

Blake Jones
Blake Jones

Taunting me? Thank you San Francisco Weekly. The dog in your Twitter pic is cute.

Rae Alexandra
Rae Alexandra

Are you challenging me to a duel? Sunrise by the stables?

Rae Alexandra
Rae Alexandra

Actually, I WAS a car accident victim recently! What a funny coincidence! You should work at one of those psychic hotlines! Amazing.

Blake Jones
Blake Jones

I actually agree with Mitch. Physical pain would do justice for such despicable hate.

Blake Jones
Blake Jones

I actually agree with Mitch. Physical pain would do justice for such despicable hate.

Treez93
Treez93

I think the girl is just young and misguided she needs a role model not a hospital bed. Don't wish harm on other people.

Mollymaguire2
Mollymaguire2

what a load of grovelling cunts the kanye supporters are

Jennifer
Jennifer

I agree with this article......not biased.  Tells it like it is....

Treez93
Treez93

Lol, just because you agree with the article doesn't mean it's not bias, just means you agree with the bias. Educate yourself.

Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards

Would any one of the idiots commenting below like to point me to a journalist who is completely objective?  And further, would any one of those self-same idiots like to point me to a journalist writing AN OPEN LETTER who would ever TRY to be unbiassed?   This is an opinion piece, idiots.  The point of an opinion piece is that it is someone's OPINION.  The fact that it is an opinion that all right thinking people share is of course beside the point. 

Treez93
Treez93

You sound like a member of the tea party. Most journalists try and hide their bias by not sounding overtly passionate or making personal attacks. I know the age of digital blogging confuses you as to the dividing line between real journalism and opinion pieces that seek to confirm the readers generally held notions, but at least try and critically think. No one is critical of Rae for not wanting Kanye to cover her song, but the way she said it is hateful and disgusting. Just as you and Rae have the right to state your opinion, no matter how ignorant and ugly it is, others have the right to voice their distaste for such opinions. So really, what are you talking about?

Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards

Whoah there cowboy.  I'm not trying to tell anyone what they can and can't say - I'll leave that to the Kanye fans.  I'm merely making the point that an opinion piece without bias is an opinion piece without an opinion - it can't exist.  Like Kanye without those stupid plastic sunglasses, or like Kanye without the enormous and undeserved sense of self-regard, or Kanye without the whole getting drunk and acting like an idiot at awards ceremonies, or Kanye with his two songs and a whole load of cameos, or Kanye without the fishdicks joke - you know, unthinkable.  Hope this helps!

kat
kat

This is yet another example of many articles/comments I've read on the net where cynicism is expressed about either an artist who decides to pay tribute to Amy even though there was some 'feuding' going on, or about someone who has previously said something 'nasty' about her only to express remorse following her death.

Just because you made some snide remark about someone, doesn't mean that that robs you of the right to pay your respects to that person when they have passed, or that it makes your expression of remorse meaningless or insincere.

Petty name-calling (cunt, dick, whatever) or nasty comment-making (so long as it isn't intended to incite racial/social tension etc.), they are what they are: petty. It happens all the time.

Why would Kanye bother to pay tribute to Amy, even though he's been called a cunt by her? And that he LOL'd at her for doing so? (oh wowee ...) Because he, like many of us - no matter whether we're fans of Amy's or not - are moved in some way by her death. It's a 'normal', instinctual, human reaction to such an event.

Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards

You're a cunt.  

(What?  It's petty)

kat
kat

you're a cunt too

Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards

Never rated her, weirdly, I know everyone loves her and all but I just never got it for some reason.

kat
kat

don't worry, I'm drinking and shooting up as much as I can, so I'll soon be on my way to the same legendary status as Jim Morrison, William Burroughs, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle etc., etc., soon. You forgot to mention Janis Joplin.

kat
kat

that would be an honour

Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards

I'd love to cover one of your songs.

Johnny Odwjo
Johnny Odwjo

I read the author's other posts to more fairly judge her, but I can sincerely say that the writer is an ignorant piece of shit. This article is basically saying nothing, and it is trying to capitalize on the popularity of Watch the Throne by appearing in searches.

I feel that any viewpoint should be featured in mainstream media if it is properly backed. However this is clearly not the case. Even if it lacks this, it should at least be written semi-decently.  I have seen better writing from GED dropouts. Shame on everyone involved in this travesty.

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