“I just walked @kanyewest thru the #occupywallstreet. I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd,” tweeted Simmons after the pair toured Zuccotti Park.
Manhattan news site DNAinfo reported that a large crowd formed around West, who was wearing a gold necklace during the brief outing.
The gawking reportedly prompted one person to yell, "There are no celebrities, just people."
Simmons, the activist and hip-hop mogul, tweeted later that West’s “presence matters.”
"Celebrity have [sic] no real value except to use it to help others," Simmons wrote.
He also suggested that West and other “concerned artists” consider organizing a “big rally.”
On Friday, Kweli performed his song “Distractions” without using amplification then Mos Def joined in for a version of "Thieves in the Night," according to reports.
Seasoned celebrity activists Susan Sarandon, her ex-Tim Robbins, and Michael Moore have also cheered on protesters, according to the Washington Post.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that the protesters will be allowed to "express themselves" as long as they obey the laws. Asked how much longer he thinks the month-long protest will continue, Bloomberg said he had "no idea."