Twista Defends Kanye West in Encouraging Letter: 'No One Is Perfect'

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Following the cancellation of the remaining dates for the Saint Pablo Tour, reports surfaced that Kanye West had been hospitalized due to "temporary psychosis" from sleep deprivation. A bevy of musicians sent love to the rapper, including West's longtime collaborator Twista, who penned an encouraging letter to Kanye asking everyone to pray as he seeks treatment. 

"The music business is a very stressful business to be in. I been doing this for a very long time," the fellow Chicago native wrote in his letter. "Believe me when I say it takes a very strong minded person to go thru the daily shit that you have to go thru."

Twista and Kanye collaborated on multiple songs, including the early 2000s hits "Overnight Celebrity" and "Slow Jamz."


In his letter, Twista writes that artists are often pressured by the media and music industry to remain successful and "the more hotter you are the more money you make, the longer your career lasts."

"Wanting help doesn't show weakness," he wrote. "It actually shows character and it lets people know you too are human and you too have feelings. No one is perfect when it comes down to living life in general, so this morning I pray for my homie. I pray that Kanye finds that one thing that money and fame can't buy. #APeaceofMind Chicago Loves you bro, … Twista."

Last year, Twista spoke with VladTV about his native Chicago and his relationship with Yeezy. "His ambition and where he saw his self and what he planned to do...he always had that vision," the fast rhymer recalled. "It was fun to see something that was only a vision come out of somebody's mouth. He was so sure of himself and confident and put the work ethic into it."