A (Rushed) Open Letter to Kanye West

Dear Kanye,

I was in middle school when I was first introduced to your music. Listening on the radio, I heard “Through the Wire” for the first time and I just remember the line where you said “I looked like Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky.” I hadn’t seen the movie, I didn’t know who you were or what you looked like or why you looked like Tom Cruise, but I had heard OF that movie and that line for whatever reason stuck with me.

Fast forward a few days and I saw the music video for the first time. All the pictures flying by in the video and the clips of you in the studio and hanging out with DeRay Davis I thought was cool. But the main takeaway came later at school when rumors swirled that Diana Ross, who you sampled in the track, was your mother. Of course, we know now that wasn’t true -- all respect to Ms. Donda West and rest in peace queen...........