Common Defends 'Courageous' Kanye West Over 'Today' Interview

Common Defends 'Courageous' Kanye West Over 'Today' Interview

Calling Kanye West 'a courageous individual,' Common is adamant the star did the right thing by standing up for himself.

Rapper Common has come to the defense of his pal Kanye West, branding the hip-hop star "courageous" for speaking out about his uncomfortable interview on U.S. TV this week. The "Stronger" hitmaker hit headlines after he took to his page to rant about his appearance on America's "Today" Show, claiming the questioning left him feeling "alone, used and tortured".

The bitter fall out with TV bosses escalated when he subsequently scrapped a planned New York performance for the program, which was due to take place later this month. But West's friend and collaborator Common is adamant the star did the right thing by standing up for himself.

He tells Hollyscoop, "Kanye is a courageous individual. You have to be courageous to say 'Hey I'm not doing that anymore' or 'I'm not going to accept this from the media and I'm done' with that aspect. Kanye to me... that's my brother. I love him, he is just a great example of somebody who is honest, true to who they are. Not persuaded by the way the media is trying to portray or whatever, he is going to speak his mind. I think it's courageous to do that."

West's ex-girlfriend Selita Ebanks has also offered her support to the beleaguered rapper. She tells NBC New York's Niteside blog, "He's a big boy. He's been through this. I wrote him some kind words, just (encouraging) him to stay positive and just concentrate on his music... He has a great gift and he should be appreciated for it."


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    Kanye West
    Nov 21, 2010

    All of you are just hating on me!! Keep it up

    Nov 18, 2010

    Listen to the music for what it is and turn your tv off! You are the ones who are ignorant! Tellin someone to drop dead, you need Jesus

    Nov 15, 2010

    Kanye drop dead you ignorant piece of ****

    Dave Mc
    Nov 15, 2010

    Kanye is just a flat out thug & racist. His whole incident with Tyler swift was terrible. He is a inconsiderate brat

    Nov 15, 2010

    I can't believe Common is supporting Kanye west on this one.. Kanye was a total asshole to matt lauer and the crew at the Today show.. Kanye is just a flat out Jerk... I will never buy anymore of his music!!

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