News: Memphis Bleek Says Kanye West Needs A Break, "He's Been Constantly Working For 5 Years Straight" [Video]

Friday, Sep 25, 2009 10:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z protege Memphis Bleek recently spoke on his former label mate Kanye West's aim to briefly step away from the music scene and said the Grammy-winning rapper deserves a time-out from hit making.

In addition to speaking on Yeezy's proposed vacation, Bleek also said he understood why the rapper had an outburst at the Video Music Awards 2009 earlier this month.

"It was a little outta line, but then again, that's Kanye," Bleek explained in an interview with radio personality Tim Westwood. "You gotta expect that from him. I don't think he got issues, he never really took the time to deal with the problems in his life. This is his way of venting, like, some people, they lose a lot and a lot of tragic things happen in they life and they spiral outta control and go crazy. I think he realized the breaking point. If you heard his speech on Jay Leno's show, he realized, 'Yo, I need to take some time off and really chill out.' And I felt him, that's real talk, he really do. He's been constantly working for five years straight...Let me just clear it up, I don't respect what he did for the simple fact that it was a female, if he would have gotten up there with a man and took the mic, you probably would of heard me up there like 'Yeah Ye, that's right homie.' But not Taylor Swift, that's the princess...But he apologized, every man deserves a second chance. Just like my homie Chris Brown." (Tim Westwood TV)

Speaking with Jay Leno last week, Yeezy offered another apology to country singer Taylor Swift and said he needed to "take some time off."

"It's been extremely difficult... Just dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away, you know, from a talented artist or from anyone, because I only wanted to help people. My entire life, I've only wanted to give and do something that I felt was right. And I immediately knew in the situation that it was wrong, and it wasn't acceptable -- it's actually someone's emotions, you know, that I stepped on. And it was very -- it was rude, period. And, you know, I'd like to be able to apologize to her in person... I deal with hurt. And, you know, so many celebrities, they never take the time off. I've never taken the time off to really -- just music after music and tour after tour. I'm just ashamed that my hurt caused someone else's hurt. My dream of what awards shows are supposed to be -- and I don't try to justify it because I was just in the wrong. That's period. But I need to, after this, take some time off and just analyze how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life, how I'm going to improve. Because I am a celebrity, and that's something I have to deal with. And if there's anything I could do to help Taylor in the future or help anyone, I'd like -- you know, I want to live this thing. It's hard sometimes..." ("The Jay Leno Show")

Speaking from club Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland, Mos Def called out Leno for bringing up Ye's late mother during his televised interview with the rapper.

"So this energy right here is for my brother, Kanye West," Def told a crowd. "Don't none of y'all motherf*ckers rock with him if you think he this, think he that. I'm rocking with him...When they start kicking on me like that, I hope somebody on a national platform says 'That's my motherf*cking man.' And Jay Leno, with your banana boat face having a**, you need to apologize to Kanye West for having him with his mother [would say], what she would think, she would think she'd need to smack your f*cking banana face-having a** face off trying to be slick..." (YouTube)

During an interview last Friday (September 18), Jay-Z also defended Ye.

"[Kanye is] like my little brother, I pretty much introduced him on the first Blueprint... He's just a super passionate person, and of course it was rude because it was her moment but that's how he really felt... I think it was rude, but I don't think, the way they're treating, it's on the front of every paper, he didn't kill anybody, like, no one got harmed... At the end of the day, we're gonna celebrate him for his passion... As he grows and matures, he's got to know how to balance that. He'll learn that in the years to come...That passion wasn't fake, it wasn't staged... I don't think he should lay low, I think he should go on tour and have a brilliant career...The thing you have to realize about it, he's been that passionate from his first record, he used to jump on tables, I'm trying to make the first Blueprint and he's jumping on tables. [laughs] If he had changed because of his success, then it would be something else, then it would be a different thing but he's always been that passionate." (BBC Radio)

Check out Memphis Bleek's interview below:

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