Kanye West Thanks Russell Simmons For 'Genius' Compliment

Kanye West has finally received the recognition he has been craving after being hailed as a “genius” by Russell Simmons who penned a letter explaining why the rapper should be placed on high esteem.

The 36-year-old has embarked on a media blitz over the last week during which he has ranted about not being accepted into the high fashion world, comparing fiancee Kim Kardashian to Marilyn Monroe and declaring daughter North as royal as Prince George while also demanding that he is credited as “genius” for his creative ideas.

Russell Simmons has penned a letter crediting Kanye's "tenacity" (Brian To/WENN)

While most have mocked Kanye for his endless rants and brushed aside his diva demands, hip-hop mogul Russell has revealed he is batting in the 'New Slave' rapper's court and explains in a detailed letter exactly why he deserves the almighty label.

“I still remember when Damon Dash asked me to put Kanye on Def Poetry Jam. I didn’t really know Kanye as a poet, I just knew him as a producer who was part of the Roc-A-Fella (which was a Def Jam company) crew, making hit records for Jay and ‘em. His appearance on our HBO show blew a lot of people away that night, including me…and from that point on, Kanye soared,” Russell begins the letter.

“I recently sat down with Ye in New York and got the chance to hear about his hopes and ambitions, his frustrations and contradictions, his happiness and his anger. But through it all, what I felt from Kanye was an artist who desperately wants to leave his imprint in the history books.”

He later adds: “It is his generation that has this power. He knows it. He feels it. He tastes it. And he so badly wants it like mad. So, you may think he’s mad when he goes on his “Yeezy rants,” but it is a different kind of mad. It is a mad that keeps you up at night, knowing that if you fall asleep, you are wasting time.

Kanye has kept everyone entertained with his rants this week (TNYF/WENN)

“We will no longer be lost in the world and we will survive in this America. I believe these truths to be self-evident. That is what Kanye West told me on a cold morning in New York City just seven days ago. It is his genius, his tenacity, his creativity, his relentlessness and his madness, that will allow us all to one day have the ability to touch the sky,” Russell concludes.

It seems Kanye was flattered by the gesture and compliment and later tweeted: “Thank you Russel for these kind insightful words, I appreciate your mentorship (sic).”

Among those to poke fun at Kanye recently includes Seth Rogen and James Franco who parodied the star's 'Bound 2' music video, with the pair simulating sex in the same fashion and Kanye and Kim Kardashian in the original.

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