Kanye West 'needs spiritual and mental help'

Kanye West's friend and longtime collaborator - Che 'Rhymefest' Smith - who co-wrote tracks including 'New Slaves' and 'Jesus Walks' - says the rapper needs "spiritual and mental help".

Kanye West 'needs spiritual and mental help'

Kanye West's longtime collaborator Rhymefest says the rapper needs "spiritual and mental help".

Che 'Rhymefest' Smith - who co-wrote tracks including 'New Slaves' and 'Jesus Walks' with Kanye - has revealed that he has stopped working with him and is worried after his recent outbursts, including a barrage of controversial tweets.

When one Twitter user wrote: "I wish @RHYMEFEST was co-writer of #KanyeWest 's Twitter & media statements. Worked with the music, should work with the other stuff, right?", Rhymefest replied by saying: "my brother needs help, in the form of counseling. Spiritual & mental. He should step away from the public & yesmen & heal (sic)."

He added: "I love my brother. I pray for his health not our entertainment (sic)."

Another fan wrote: "plz start back writing Kanye's lyrics" to which the rapper replied: "nah his mind and spirit isn't right (sic)."

And Rhymefest defended himself against accusations that he is merely a disgruntled former colleague.

One Twitter user wrote: "All I'm reading is 'Nah he doesn't want to work with me anymore so now I'm salty'" but Rhymefest replied: "OK if that's what you're reading lol, but honestly I just left last month. Ah &peep me at my Grammy nomination Tues (sic)."

Kanye recently engaged in a Twitter feud with Wiz Khalifa and revealed his new song 'Famous' which includes the lyrics "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex . . . I made that bitch famous."

The lines are a reference to the outrage after he stormed on stage and interrupting Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

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