Kanye West would be the first one to tell you that he is a 21st-century phenomenon, and in all honesty, we can barely argue. Grammy Award-winning rapper, record producer, fashion designer and one of the most outspoken celebrities of our time, he certainly has made quite the name for himself. Married to the queen of reality TV, Kim Kardashian, and no stranger to public celebrity feuds, let’s take a deeper look into those things you may not know about this controversial mogul.
1. His name fits his personality perfectly
Seems Kanye’s mother must have had some sort of prophetic vision when naming her son. Kanye is Swahili for “The only one”, something which makes a lot of sense if you have ever heard Mr. West talk about himself. Just one small example of his famous quotes come from when he appeared on ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ in 2007. He stated:
“I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that’s living or breathing is number two.” Definitely no problem with self-esteem there.
2. He didn’t own a cell phone until 2011
That’s right, in a world that revolves around technology, it’s surprising to find out Kanye never owned a cell phone until 2011! The reason he finally purchased one is even better- he heard his future wife Kim Kardashian was engaged and felt like he needed to call her and insert his presence into her life. That’s a man that knows what he wants!
3. His fashion interested started all the way back in elementary school
West was one of those people whose passions started early on in life. The rapper has recounted stories of getting detention for drawing Nike Air Jordans in class instead of paying attention. Back then West couldn’t afford the latest fashion trends and had to be satisfied with dreaming, we bet looking at his closet now he feels he has come a long long way.
4. He is a music school dropout
It sounds funny that this music mogul dropped out of music school, but back when West studied at Chicago State University he found that his music studies were actually getting in the way of his music creation. He dropped out of college, a move that inspired his first (and bestselling) album- ‘The College Dropout’.
5. He has an open-door policy when recording
West is said to have an ‘open recording’ process, one in which he involves whoever is around at the time. He even asked food delivery men who stopped by the studio for their opinions while he was recording the album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ in Hawaii! Perhaps that is one of the secrets to his success.