The Healing Process
Earlier this month, Kanye West challenged others to reach out to a person “that you think you hate maybe even someone you haven’t spoken to in years” and “tell them I love you.” Whether people accepted the challenge or not, Kanye is stead fast on his quest to “spread love” and “put more love into the universe.”
The rapper’s journey continues with Dr. Jan Adams, the man widely held responsible for the death of his mother Donda West, who passed shortly after Adams performed a liposuction and mammoplasty on her.
When Kanye reached out to Adams, attempting to display the ultimate example of forgiveness, Adams wrote an open letter to the rapper. In his reply, Adams declined the offer while defending himself from any wrong doing.
According to Adams
According to Adams, he doesn’t necessarily need forgiveness because he did nothing wrong. His letter to Kanye — which began with him asking the artist to “cease and desist using my photo or any image of me to promote your album or any of your work” — vehemently defended the notion that Donda West’s cosmetic surgery led to her death.
“Frankly, those questions have remained because the coroner feared litigation and would not say out loud what he and his office believed to be true. The press, by allowing Harvey Levin to the ‘lead dog in the story’ told it wrong,” Adams wrote. He went on to say that the details Levin shared about West’s surgery was false, citing the fact that Levin told the media that the procedure took eight hours when it actually took five.
“With true love comes intellectual honesty,” Adams says before hitting Kanye with more facts. The doctor writes, “Perhaps you should put your cousin’s picture on your next album.”
He cited the official coroner’s report, documents that put a spotlight on the negligence of West’s nurse, who just so happens to be Kanye’s cousin Stephan Scoggins. Scoggins, who was the primary caregiver of West after her surgery, reportedly left her with only her personal assistant and her best friend.
“… Scoggins was supposed to be caring for your Mom and he was told to elevate the head of her bed 30 degrees. Any nurse would know this but not your mom’s best friend or her personal assistant, who were the only people with her,” Adams wrote.
Let’s “start healing.”
At the end of it all, Adams implored Kanye to continue his strides towards love and make up with John Legend (which has already been handled). He concluded the lengthy letter by inviting Kanye to have a face-to-face conversation about the topic.
The Yeezy Supply founder, who posted the letter on Twitter, captioned the post, “This is amazing. Thank you so much for this connection brother. I can’t wait to sit with you and start healing.”
A Decade Ago
In November of last year, Yeezy fans streamed “Hey Mama” — track 16 on Kanye’s Late Registration, which is dedicated to the artist’s mom — 700,000 times on Spotify to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Donda West’s death.
Days after hearing that Taylor Swift planned to release her album on the 10th anniversary of Donda West’s death (Nov. 10, 2017), Rhys Halkidis, an Australian high school student, created a Facebook event called “‘Hey Mama’ Day.” With a little help from the media, the event got almost 7000 attendees.
When the day came, “Hey Mama” was blasted literally throughout the world. Its already high stream count moved from 23.6 million to 24.3 million. The song became the most streamed song in the U.S. on Spotify, reached no. 33 on New Zealand iTunes charts and saw the top 100 in Australia. A Norwegian DJ posted about playing “Hey Mama” on the radio as an Armenian fan posted that the track made it to no. 3 on their iTunes charts.
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