Hate him or love him, Kanye has become the epitome of 21st century fame and musical genius. He’s made a name for himself as a producer, rapper, fashion icon, fashion designer, and scandalous spokesman. From his breakout track, Jesus Walks, to his marriage to Kim K – every move Kanye makes hits the news. And yet, there are plenty of facts about Mr. West that are still difficult to wrap your head around.
1. His Rap Career was Sparked by a Car Accident
It wasn’t until Kanye demoed Through the Wire that people began to acknowledge and respect his talent as a lyricist and rapper. Before that, Kanye made numerous failed attempts at featuring on other rappers’ tracks, but was constantly pushed aside and labeled as a producer of beats, not a rapper.
2. Kanye was Totally Serious About Running for President
Kanye 2020! If the host of a scandalous business TV show can become the President of the United States there’s no reason Kanye can’t! He’s outspoken about issues of race, inequality, and how difficult it is to be him. He is obviously on the Liberal and Democratic side of the political spectrum. He grew up in Chicago (notorious for its largely ineffective city government), so he knows the importance of well executed top-down policies. What’s more – the White House would have fire music playing in it 24/7.
3. Kanye has a Real Eye for Visuals
Kanye knows what he wants and he’s great at getting it. When the time comes to create stellar visuals at his shows, his frequent collaborator, Vanessa Beecroft, helps him bring his vision to life. She has staged his 808s & Heartbreak tour, his Yeezy Season 1 (and two and three) fashion shows, as well as his latest tour – Saint Pablo.
4. Seriously, He has an Eye for Visuals
When he released his magnum opus, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye made his first foray into film. Alongside his album, he released a visual short-film companion – Runaway. It featured demo-versions of some of the album’s most memorable tracks backed by some of the most aesthetically pleasing visuals the hip-hop industry has ever seen. Even if you are not a fan of Kanye’s music, the short film is worth your time!