Lack of visual empathy equates the meaning of L-O-V-E. Sounds familiar? You’ve probably heard that line recited by Kanye West on his track “Blame Game” taken from his last LP. At the end of this “monologue” Kanye mentions a Chloe Mitchell. MTV was wrong when they said he was speaking of “The Young and the Restless” character Chloe Mitchell. Kanye was just quoting a rising poet from Harlem, New York. “A lot of people think I’m Amber Rose. I’ve even gotten that I’m a made up character for the song.” No people, a very talented Chloe Mitchell does indeed exist.
The 22-year-old writer was born in Harlem, New York, the eldest of a twin sister by only a minute. She would have never expected one of her poems to end up on a song by Kanye West. The poem or “monologue” that Kanye recites is actually apart of a poem written by Chloe titled “Your Bitter Is My Sweet”. Kanye is a “genius” to Chloe, “I’ve always had a massive amount of respect for him”, she adds. There is no doubt that she was blown away when the opportunity came to have her work featured on his album. She recalls how Kanye discovered the work, “My cousin Teyana Taylor is featured on the album so my mom had accompanied her to the studio one day. She wanted him to read something of mine to get his opinion because she feels thinks i’m a genius.” A simple request for an opinion eventually turned into a placement on the song. “He read it and loved it. It just molded perfectly like it was made specifically for the song (“Blame Game”).”
Having the poem placed on the song brought more than joyous tears. “I remember once, when I was still living on the east coast, walking home from work I was listening to the song. My poem came up and my eyes became so watery. I got super emotional, not because it was my poem, but because I was brought back to the pain I felt when I wrote it.” While the story behind the poem may be a sad one we are sure the good in this situation outweighs the bad. Chloe feels its time to end the myths of whom Chloe Mitchell really is. She added that people refused to believe that she was really the Chloe who was behind the words. “My name is spelled with a K on the album credits. My friend pointed that out to me when the album dropped…I was frustrated at first, but then I said it’s still me.” Don’t worry Chloe the truth is now out. It’s only the beginning for this young poet.
Things used to be.
Now they’re not.
Anything but us is who we are.
Disguising ourselves as secret lovers, we’ve become public enemies.
We walk away like strangers in the street.
Gone for eternity, we erase one another.
No phone calls.
No sweet text messages.
We are mere specs of particles, floating, unknown to our partners’ existence.
So far from where we came.
With so much of everything, how do we leave with nothing?
Lack of visual empathy equates to the meaning of L.O.V.E. Hatred and attitude tear us entirely.
We meet at opposite poles and no longer can we bond like love birds to a song or flowers to a Daisy.
The air smells of rotten love and burned hearts.
We have trashed our over cooked love that now accompanies the bin of deceit.
Don’t turn around.
Continue walking away.
Disappear into that darkness that rests upon your gritty shoulders.
Let that dark cloud follow you wherever you go.
So long ex-lover.
- “Your Bitter Is My Sweet” by Chloe Mitchell
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