Kanye West is one of my favorite rappers and I was very interested in finding out more about him. I must say even being a huge Kanye fan I was pretty shocked by some of the things I found out about him. In this posted I decided to share some of the interesting facts I’ve learned and some things I thought most people wouldn’t know about him.
Kanye West Facts:
1) Kanye Omari West was born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta Georgia
2) Kanye is Swahili for “the only one”
3) Went to Chicago State/Columbia College but dropped out to pursue his music career ( Hints the name for his 2004 debut album “College Dropout”)
4) He sold his first beat to a local Chicago rapper named Gravity for $8,800
5) His first big break was through No ID (Dion Ernest Wilson) all because their mothers forced them to hang out.
6) A near fatal car accident in October 2002 left him with a metal plate in his chin after driving home from the studio.
7) He didn’t want to stop recording music while he was recovering so he asked for an electronic drum machine
8) Hit song “Through the Wire” was recorded while wearing metal braces in his mouth.
9) Chaka Khan initially refused to grant Kanye permission to use her sample in “Through the Wire” but was convinced by her son to allow the sample
10) $35,000 of his own money was spent to shoot the video for “Through the Wire”