Kanye West visits Occupy Wall Street protests

The hip-hopper takes a stroll around Zuccotti Park with Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons

Kanye West has visited the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York alongside Russell Simmons, the co-founder of record label Def Jam.

Visiting the Zuccotti Park camp yesterday (October 10), the hip-hop star walked through the crowds, but did not take the opportunity to perform a set for the protestors, unlike Talib Kweli and Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, who have both visited the Manhattan camp and played impromptu gigs.

After their visit, Simmons tweeted: “I just walked @kanyewest through the #occupywallstreet. I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd.”

According to Pitchfork, another tweeter asked Simmons why the multi-millionaire Kanye West was at demonstrations and Simmons responded: “It’s inspiring to others to see him there. Maybe he and other concerned artists will organise [a] big rally?”

Demonstrations similar to the Occupy Wall Street actions are now underway in more than 70 cities across the world.