Face The Facts: Remembering ‘The Old Kanye’ on his 40th Birthday
...and on his 40th birthday, he was crowned king... of all things controversial, hip-hop, and the seemingly insane. Today, the self-proclaimed ‘God’ who also coincidentally claimed that “We’re all self-conscious, [he’s] just the first to admit it” on an early track, turns the big 4-0. To celebrate, we’re throwing it back to ‘The Old Kanye’ we know and love with 11 of the rapper’s best faces and little known facts about Mr. West.
1. His biggest regret? Never being able to see himself live in concert.
2. Unsurprisingly, Kanye is a natural born hustler. When living in China in the fifth grade, his break dance moves came at a price. Apparently Kanye West made kids pay to watch.
3. He made his first beat in seventh grade. Say what?
4. Kid 'n' Play's debut album and De La Soul's "My, Myself, and I" were the first two records to catch his attention.
5. Michel Gondry, the French film director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, played live drums for the song ‘Diamonds’, on album Late Registration. On working with Kanye, Gondry recalls, “The first time we met, he bowed down on his knees and he kissed my feet."
6. Kanye told NME in 2005 that Franz Ferdinand “made the cut as his favourite band.” That year, NME voted Franz Ferdinand’s debut album #1 while Kanye’s album was slated at #7.
7. That South Park episode featuring Kanye in S13EP5 back in 2009? Hurtful, apparently. Mr. West, who was depicted (arguably with much truth) as an egomaniac said the cartoon “hurt his feelings”. The South Park creators showed no remorse, airing the episode for 2 hours straight.
8. He once used his one phone call from jail to order Chinese food; an odd choice given the situation.
9. During a 2015 interview, Kanye revealed that his middle name, Omari, means “God the Highest” in Swahili. It remains unknown if any semblance of humility was detected in his voice throughout the interview’s duration.
10. Tied for the most Grammy wins with fellow rap artist, Jay Z, Kanye took home 21 of his 57 Grammy nominations last year. He Is The 8th Most Successful Artist In Grammy Awards history.
11. Graduation's "stadium" sound was inspired by Kanye touring with the Rolling Stones and U2.