Posted in hiphop | music on October 10, 2011

Russell Simmons caused a stir by tweeting that Kanye West was on his way to Occupy Wall Street today (around 3pm), well, he WAS on his way, but unlike Talib Kweli, Kanye didn't play. Russell later tweeted (at 4pm):

Occupy Wall Street

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Comments (85)

what does that mean?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:31 PM

kanye doesn't want higher taxes. he is the 1%

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:32 PM

KW can "tolerate" these rascals (his words, not mine) who can't afford D&G or have their own sarcophagus to f%^k.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:33 PM

this seems like the perfect place for clueless celebrities to feel good about themselves.

good job guys!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:33 PM

He wasn't his usual bitter and bigoted self...Russell was obviously expecting him to walk through and spit on the lowly protestors. Kanye sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:37 PM

um... thank you for 'tolerating' our movement?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:40 PM

wait is russell making fun of Kanye?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:44 PM

occupy wall street wants kanye wests and russell simmons money

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:44 PM

KANYE WEST TOLERATES THE PROLETARIAT

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:50 PM

I hope "tolerant" was just horrible word choice and not actually reflective of his actions. No one forced him to go and "tolerate" the crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:51 PM

Is this a joke?????

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:53 PM

Yeah, this is just f'ing weird. Some piss-poor communication going on there.

Posted by Drugs Delaney | October 10, 2011 4:56 PM

hahaha.. oh the irony.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:57 PM

I hope they bought them lunch.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 4:58 PM

"I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd"? Oh wow. Nice of him to tolerate.

Who's going next? This is so cool now!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:00 PM

Kanye was unable to walk himself? Oh yeah, I just remembered Kanye is a big retarded fucking baby.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:03 PM

Wow, he was tolerant? I wondered if he told Russell to let them eat cake.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:04 PM

#occupywallst is now the place to be seen. I'm going to go there later and take a picture of myself there and tweet it. My coolness is gonna skyrockets.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:06 PM

At least he did something, anything. He is not some rich fucker like Steve Jobs that just sits on his billions of dollars.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:18 PM

i'm already at some much cooler protest that none of you have even heard of.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:19 PM

@5:18 too soon?

Posted by michael | October 10, 2011 5:28 PM

#1. "this seems like the perfect place for clueless celebrities to feel good about themselves.
good job guys!"

i heart that comment.

#2. "At least he did something, anything. He is not some rich fucker like Steve Jobs that just sits on his billions of dollars."

how the fuck do you know what jobs did with his money? and i ask that not because i think you're a clueless asshat about how he managed his money. you are. there's no "literally" about it. i ask because you clearly don't know anything about steve jobs the person. i sure don't. most people don't. he was incredibly private. so how the fuck do you know he didn't contribute funds to organizations to help those less off and just not want his name all over the place? you don't know. i don't know. most people don't know. and in instances like that, when one doesn't know, it's often best to shut the fuck up until you do know.

go troll somewhere else.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:33 PM

I've been to busy working to make it down to OWS. How's it smelling down there?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:33 PM

Did he tolerate the crowd like how I tolerate a stale pita chip?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:40 PM

I can't tolerate kanye's fucking music

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:50 PM

Maybe 5:18 was joking and being a jackass...I can't tell anymore with this internet thing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:52 PM

I know Steve Jobs was tolerant of sweatshops.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 5:53 PM

I heard he grabbed someone's iPhone and yelled "this movement is cool and all, but seriously the middle east had the best movement this year and they should win!"

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 6:02 PM

I hope Kanye went on a shopping spree at Hermes.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 6:04 PM

^ Hermes isn't downtown anywhere near Wall Street. It's way uptown you fucking idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 6:07 PM

charities generally report who donates, genius. Steve Jobs publically cut all philantropy programs when he took back over Apple and was repeatedly dismissive and contemptuous about the idea of charity. The Red Cross never reported any billion-dollar donation by "anonymous" - he never gave a dime to anyone. I know you think you're real cool and all because daddy bought you a 1500 macbook, but the reality is that Steve Jobs was a capitalist dick who treated his workers like peons and that same macbook was made in a sweatshop by someone being paid 10 cents an hour.

oh, also, asshat? what are you in the fourth grade?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 6:21 PM

My Macbook was only $1K and I bought it with my own money. It's fabulous. And Steve Jobs was an amazing man who added a trillion times more value to the world than a drooling idiot like 6:21 ever will.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 6:27 PM

It's these kinds of posts/tweets that makes people not like Kanye West. He's a musician - listen to his music. It's great. Pay no mind to things like this.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 6:39 PM

"#occupywallst is now the place to be seen. I'm going to go there later and take a picture of myself there and tweet it. My coolness is gonna skyrockets."

best quote of the day.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 6:58 PM

@6:58 - Nope. 6:02 takes it by a nose with:

"I heard he grabbed someone's iPhone and yelled 'this movement is cool and all, but seriously the middle east had the best movement this year and they should win!'"


Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 7:26 PM

>My Macbook was only $1K and I bought it with my own money. It's fabulous. And Steve Jobs was an amazing man who added a trillion times more value to the world than a drooling idiot like 6:21 ever will.

yup. i second that. daddy didn't buy me a 1500 mac. actually, i'm typing this on a four year old macbook that's definitely seen better days. can your daddy buy me one? sucka.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 7:41 PM

Some guys like big breasts and some guys like little breasts?

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 7:46 PM

Anon 6:07 -

There is an Hermes at 15 Broad Street. So, I guess you're the fucking idiot, bro.

Posted by Anon 6:04 | October 10, 2011 8:23 PM

i think its time to put term limets on congress, pay caps, pay more for there health care.i and others struggle to pay for it.that would be a great way to reduce the budget,and the state elected officals need to do the same. i live in galloway, nj.i think we should march on the atlantic city board walk for these ideas. if anybody wants to get this started email me at charnedshadow@verizon.net

Posted by frank brown | October 10, 2011 8:25 PM

HERMES!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 9:52 PM

Your the smartest purson hear Frank Brown!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 9:56 PM

Got a sweater at Hermes last week. Only cost a little over 1k. No big deal for me or Kanye, but I guess if you're making under 70k that may seem a little steep.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 10:00 PM

I just boosted a sweater from Hermes last week. it matches my doo-rag and boxers.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2011 10:16 PM

"@6:58 - Nope. 6:02 takes it by a nose with:"

That comment was lame.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 2:00 AM

If you’re not protesting against President Goldman Sachs, you’re not protesting against “Wall Street.” You’re just a hack. Sorry.

The Obama administration has become a house of mirrors. Wall Street is the wicked enemy. Geithner is Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs is everywhere in the Obama admin. Rise up against the evil bankers! Pay off the evil bankers! The evil bankers must direct our economy policy or we are doomed. . . .

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 2:18 AM

would you rather have an evil banker as a roomate, or an evil midget clown as a roomate?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 8:16 AM

2:18, your focus is in the wrong place my son.

You make it out that the Obama administration are these poor children being lured off the schoolyard by the big bad bank man in the trench coat, into the waiting van idling. BHO and his croanies like Pelosi, Reed, Schumer, Feinstein, Dean, Emanual, Holder, etc. are the establishment, and they are grown men and women capable of making choices that would otherwise accurately represent us. By their choices they do not represent us, and THEY are the ones that wrote the checks to Goldman, etc. THEY are the ones that took OUR money and pissed it away. THEY are the ones that are trying to align with us against the Emmanual Goldstein of Wall Street, which is just a straw man argument used to manipulate you away from examining their actions in the light of day.

We need to vote out / impeach / throw out these career criminals and restore the republic to the model envisioned by our founders, one where each and every one of us performed service for the good of all - including Senator, Representative, Board of Education, etc.

Get mad at the right place! Wake up!

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 8:46 AM

8:46 is right, however, the alternative to Obama walking us off the cliff is Romney leading us at break-neck pace. Until big money is removed from the system we're all fucked.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 9:14 AM

6:07 does not tolerate poor people and their ignorance.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 9:28 AM

@8:46

Wrong. Elected representation has been an abysmal failure from both the Left and Right. The
Entire political system needs to be dismantled. For a start abolish corporate contributions to ANY political party. Corporations don't get to vote- People do.

Our Founding Fathers had a great idea-peaceful assembly and protest- petition the gov when it no longer represents the interests of the People. It's called the 1st amendment.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 9:31 AM

The Obama administration still not will bring up any criminal charges against any Wall St individual. He will not even address the issue. Hope and change my ass.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 9:35 AM

9:31 - You are wrong.
I did not say that ows was wrong to assemble or to pettition the gov't. Nor did I say that the Right was immune to the same criticism. The enemy is the entrenched, fat, entitled career politician "oligarch" class, the cancerous blobs that just take and take and never hold an actual job and just look busy and piss away our money while they take junkets to Singapore or Bali for "market awareness" or "women's health awareness". Obama's administration, and party, are currently those in power, and those will continue to be my target.

Government is fat drunk man with a belt standing over us, the beaten weeping wife with a broken arm and a swollen eye. You need to focus on the perpetrator, not the guy who gave the man the belt last week. These entrenched, career politicians have the capacity to represent us and they do not.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 9:42 AM

@9:35 That's because they are too busy giving automatic weapons to Mexican drug gangs to murder and terrorize Americans. Eric Holder knew it, sanctioned it, and Obama authorized it. They are such micro-managers, don't dare tell me they didn't know anything. They need to be held accountable for the lives of American citizens murdered by their criminal policies.

Oh, can we talk about other issues too? Or, is this going to be a one-issue movement?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 9:45 AM

9:35, no administration, Democratic or Republican, would bring up Wall Street on charges. Wall Street has government by the nuts. This issue would have been no different if McCain were elected President (or anyone else).

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 10:18 AM

@9:42

You must be living on another planet if you haven't heard the Banks sold faulty financial instruments and weren't prosecuted, that they were given billions in bailout money, and gave loans to people who had no or little credit.

Some simple solutions: Institute a "millionaire's tax", tax stock trading ($5/ trade),
limit salaries of CEOs, and end Corporate influence on the gov.

One can't just vote in new people, Left or Right. That's more of meet the new stooge same as the old stooge.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 10:24 AM

@10:24 you are misinformed as to the government guidance of the economic collapse by unrealistic and uninformed regulations written by the bloated pig career politician oligarchs you are so quick to give a pass to.

why don't you read this:(tiny url dot com / aflmea)

" A huge portion of the increased mortgage loan defaults are what are referred to as ‘sub-prime’ loans. Most of the sub-prime loans have been made to borrowers with poor credit ratings, no down payment on the home financed, and/or no verification of income or assets (Alt-A’s). Close to 25% of sub-prime and Alt-A’s loans are in default.

These loans increased dramatically as a 9/30/99 New York Times article explained, “In a move that could help increase homeownership rates among minorities and low income consumers, the Fannie Mae Corp. is easing the credit requirements on loans that it will purchase from banks and other lenders.”

Why would banks make such risky loans? The answer is that the Clinton administration pressured the banks to help poor people become homeowners, a noble liberal idea. Also the Clinton Justice Department threatened banks with lawsuits and fines ($10,000 per application) for redlining (discrimination) if they did not make these loans. Also ACORN (Obama’s community service organization) was instrumental in providing borrowers and pressuring the banks to make these loans.

To allow Fannie Mae to make more loans, President Clinton also reduced Fannie Mae’s reserve requirement to 2.5%. That means it could purchase and/or guarantee $97.50 in mortgages for every $2.50 it had in equity to cover possible bad debts. If more than 2.5% of the loans go bad, the taxpayers (us) have to pay for them. That is what this bailout is all about. It is not the government paying the banks for the bad loans, it is us!!"

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 10:31 AM

Its good to see Kanye can tolerate the common folk after making that whole album about swimming through pools of cash.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 10:31 AM

"That comment was lame."

Wow...really profound. Got nothing better to do at 2am in the fucking morning?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 10:35 AM

@ good point about the "poor" getting loans, But tons of loans were given to
mid class people who had good jobs, but had other ongoing loans as well as mortgages and lot were in debt to begin with.

You're pointing the finger at the Dems. I happen to think the problem is more of a systemic one.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 10:48 AM

"But tons of loans were given to
mid class people who had good jobs, but had other ongoing loans as well as mortgages and lot were in debt to begin with"

I think that the truth (somewhat occluded within the blurb) is that the Clinton administration pressured the banks to help "high credit risk" folks become homeowners and that Fannie Mae eased the credit requirements on loans that it purchased from banks. I do not think that it was solely about black folk owning houses, it was about buying votes through policy, a policy of borrowing against the future (earnings, etc. = air) rather than a tangible asset -- which forms the basis of both the Enron culture and the Keynesian economic policies favored by the institutional Left.

And for the record, I have no love for any entrenched career bloated disgusting piggy politician regardless of Republican or Democrat. The plain fact, however, is that the modern Democratic party tries to portray themselves as populist, champion of the little guy, upholder of civil liberties, protectors of the disenfranchised -- which is all a lie, on top of their wallowing in the fecal trough of their own nepotism and privilege. They steal your future, while building straw men and manipulating you into not looking too close into their own malfeasance. In other words, they exhibit characteristics which by any objective criteria would be classified as evil.

You know that your daughter's boyfriend is gonna try to jump her bones --- it's up to her to say no. You know that the drug dealer is gonna try to sell your kids drugs, it's up to them to say no. You know that big business is going to try to influence policy - that is human nature (same human nature seen by party members in China, communist Russia, Cuba, Chavez' cronies in Venezuela, etc. etc.). It's up to the government, the group that we elect to represent us, to say no.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 12:11 PM

12:11 for president!

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 12:32 PM

@12:11

Hey I agree w a lot of what you just said. Absolutely people have to be responsible as well,
but greed even on a middle class level can be intoxicating. It's hard to say no. We live in culture of material shit. THAT has to change too. People have to be educated to be aware-
that is precisely what OWS is about.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 12:36 PM

Another thing People can do right now is to take their money out of big banks and put them into Credit Unions.

http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/l2p3i/bank_transfer_day_get_your_out_of_the_hands_of/

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 12:39 PM

For those following along at home, 12:11 is a clear representation of Tea Party philosophy.

You want to make a real difference, join us.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 12:50 PM

The way the political system is set up, only people with big corporation connections can even get close to be in the position of being elected. If your name is on the Republican or Democratic nominee list, you are corrupt.

Google "michelle obama salary". Barry is as dirty as they come.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 12:52 PM

@ 12: 50

I love + support OWS, but 12:11 makes good point about mid class responsibility.
Some of the onus is on them as well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 12:54 PM

aren't douche-bags like Russel Simmons and Kayne West part of the problem? they became super rich exploiting people and generally selling themselves out for a quick buck.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 12:57 PM

My god do I love, love, love the blacks!

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 12:57 PM

Seriously, who gives a fuck?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 1:11 PM

Dear 8:46am. The latter part of my comment was sarcasm, but thanks for the lecture. I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person . . . .

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 1:36 PM

Oh 1:36 you are so adorable. When you feel the need to use up oxygen and take no responsibility for your words (or actions, I'm sure) come on back.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 1:50 PM

Can someone please tell me how to get to Hermes?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 2:39 PM

Who gives a fuck what Kanye thinks?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 3:25 PM

I am extremely in favor of an Hermes meme that can at least partially take the wind out your hummusy, Spin Doctored sails and give us something new to groan at.

How do we get this thing off the ground?

You guys...LOOK

Hermehhhs.

See how fun!?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 3:27 PM

I must state emphatically that I am in favor of Hermes Eau D' Orange Verte

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 3:51 PM

Kanye West: Tolerant of Hermes deodorant. And anti-capitalist protestors. Bless him.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 4:40 PM

Well 1:50, now your getting a swing of the sarcasm bit yourself.

I get the oxygen comment -- how violent you have become?

As they say, silence can be an expression of scorn. I am not inhuman, so I will respond: we are commenting on the same situation in a not-so different way.

My joke about "President Goldman Sachs" was a direct reference to the cronies you speak of. Who received 20% of his campaign monies from Wall Street? Could it be President Obambi?

The rest of what I wrote was yet another joke, meant to disrupt the narrative that seemingly runs uninterrupted. Essentially this is a shorter way of writing what you wrote?

I am awake, and for what it is worth, you and I are not only on the same page, but are reading from the same book. As an anonymous person to another, I apologize for my comments, seeing as it is really a misunderstanding. I hope this helps clear things up?

Warmly,
Anonymous

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2011 6:03 PM

You could eat some mad hummus off a 200K Versace bed...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/06/russell-simmons-kimora-le_n_673113.html

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 12:17 AM

^ I'm shocked ... you mean to tell me that Russell Simmons is a hypocrite?
I need to sit down.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 7:37 AM

When multi-millionaires go down and show solidarity with folks against other multi-millionaires, you know that this is not about justice or fairness. It's about a political agenda.

Thanks, but I gave at the office.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 7:40 AM

Artists get an exemption. Art + Revolution--Perfect together!

Hey, srsly how do you know Russ didn't donate $10k to OWS?

Alternately how many Bloombergs+ Bankers do you think support the Occupation?

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2011 11:20 AM

Would have been cool for him to do a couple of songs in the park with the occupy group.

Posted by Andy Reid | October 14, 2011 4:56 PM

VERY NICE THANKS

Would have been cool for him to do a couple of songs in the park with the occupy group.

Posted by Dora | November 3, 2012 1:47 AM

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