"First of all, I want to thank everybody for their constant love and support over these past six years! I'm so happy to be back in the studio making new music. I will bring you the best I have to offer with the same dedication that Kobe [Bryant] has on the court."
-Rapper, producer, blogger and art enthusiast Kanye West, who took to his blog today to update the world on the status of his new music. West also offered up some words of wisdom about poets and pushed a more positive vibe for 2010. "It's funny how so many rappers get worse as their careers stretch out but true poets get better," he wrote. "We will follow in the footsteps of Maya Angelou, [Gil Scott-Heron] and Nina Simone. Their work improved with time. They documented what was happening in culture. That is our responsibility as the modern day artists and poets, to accurately represent what is happening now, so when the powers that be try to rewrite history, you can always look at our works and find truth and sincerity in a world of processed information." He also encouraged everybody to be empowered by direct and social media. "Let us soak in positive forces and look down upon those who masquerade as truth tellers and objective fact givers when in reality, everything that is projected has an agenda of brainwashing us, the 'consumer,' the public, to believe what they want us to," he wrote. "Let us look past headlines and deal with just a bit of reality in this new decade. We have our own outlets now. We don't have to believe everything anymore. Now I'll figure out a way to make that rhyme." West has kept to himself since his on-stage incident with Taylor Swift at the Video Music Awards back in September, though he has been communicating with fans through his blog and has made a handful of appearances on stage (most recently with Kid Cudi in Los Angeles).