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Friday, August 19, 2011

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

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 8:46 AM


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?


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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