Kanye West Is Famous For Speaking His Mind, Even If No One Else Agrees With His Opinions.
Kanye West is also known for his hate of the paparazzi, with whom he has had numerous run ins, and who in turn have sued him for either breaking their cameras or for assault. Other than his music, for which he has sold millions of copies and received a lot of accolades, his biggest claim to fame has to be his interruption of Taylor Swift’s speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, which turned him into music’s biggest villain. To celebrate the eccentric rapper, here are 10 things that you might not know about Kanye West.
Kanye West was a producer before for Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella records, before he became a rapper. He has also produced songs for other artists like Beyonce, Alicia Keys, T.I, Ludacris, Common, Jamie Foxx, and Janet Jackson.
His Father was a Black Panther, and one of the first black photojournalists to work at the Atlanta Journal Constitution,
His mother was an English professor at Clark Atlanta University, she went on to become Kanye’s manager, early in his career.
While his mother taught in Chicago, they moved to China when he was 10, as part of an exchange program. They were there for a period of more than 12 months and during this time Kanye West managed to acquire the new language but he once said that he has now forgotten.
#3. Rapper Wishes
Even as young producer, he expressed his desire of becoming a full time rapper be known through his music or show other artists that he has intention of becoming a rapper.
#4. No I.D Kanye’s Mentor
Kanye West learned how to produce music with the help of No I.D. who was know as the “Godfather of Chicago hip hop.” No I.D.’s mother asked him to meet Kanye West, whom she called an “energetic kid.” What had started out as an involuntary meeting, eventually became a great relationship between the two individuals, and West considers No I.D., as one of his mentors.
#5. Drop Out
In 1997, he received a scholarship to study at Chicago’s American Academy of Art, and took painting classes there, but soon after, he transferred to Chicago State University, where his mom worked, and majored in English. He left University because he was getting to busy with classes and spent less time on his music.
Kanye West had trouble getting a contract as a rapper, because he did not fit the image that most record companies were used to. He grew up in a middle class home, he was well dressed and never had to sell drugs, which was like a calling card to get a contract from a record label. Roc-A-Fella management was reluctant to give him a contract as a rapper.
His first hit, “Through The Wire,” was inspired by a near fatal accident that he suffered in 2002. He fell asleep at the wheel, while driving home from the recording studio, and was in a car crash that shattered his jaw.
According to him, he used the song to express what he was going through at the time, which is something other rappers before him have done.
#8. Chaka Khan
Initially Chaka Khan refused to let him sample her vocals from “Through the Fire” for his debut single, which would have definitely changed the course of his career, if she didn’t change her mind. It was through Chaka Khan’s son at a barbecue who was shown the video and he liked it and agree to show it to his mom, and let her know what they were trying to get done.
After a couple of weeks, she agreed to let him sample her vocals for the song.