By now, we have learned that Kanye has a mind of his own. He makes for great music and even greater controversy. 2016 isn't even halfway done and Kanye West has already started several Twitter rants and stirred back up controversy with former award-show foe Taylor Swift, but Kanye hasn't always been the arrogant mogul the media has made him out to be.
Before he was running on stage and stealing the microphone from Taylor Swift and breaking the paparazzi's cameras, Kanye was working behind the scenes producing some of the most iconic songs in hip-hop such as Jay-Z's "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)". In fact, you'd be quite surprised to find out that the rapper actually came from humble beginnings; which just might explain his ego now.
Kanye has been through a lot over the years; from surviving an almost fatal car crash to losing his mother. He owes it to himself to celebrate his life like there's no tomorrow—even if that means doing and saying some of the outlandish things he's known for. But as egotistical and arrogant as he may seem, there's two sides to every person. Here are 10 shocking facts about Kanye West.
9 He Was Actually Born In Atlanta, GA
8 His Jaw Was Once Wired Shut
As outspoken as he is, it is kind of hard to imagine the rapper's mouth was once wired shut. In 2002, Kanye took a major hit when he was injured in a car accident after leaving a recording studio in California. The end result was a fractured jaw which had to be wired shut for several weeks. This setback fueled the inspiration behind his 2003 single "Through The Wire" which he recorded while his jaw was still shut. In the song, the rapper recollects the night and how it changed his life, rapping:
7 Evel Knievel Sued Him
6 A South Park Episode Hurt His Feelings
South Park rarely holds back when it comes to its humor and spared the rapper no mercy in its 2009 episode titled "Fishsticks". According to South Park Studios, the episode was one of the most watched episodes on the website. In the episode, Jimmy writes a joke which spreads like wildfire but Kanye West is the only one who does not understand the joke. West becomes enraged but won't allow anyone to explain it to him because he believes himself to be a genius. After the episode aired, West took to his blog and wrote:
"South Park murdered me last night, and it’s pretty funny. It hurts my feelings, but what can you expect from South Park?”
5 He Worked As A Telemarketer
4 He Sent Nudes To Lisa Ann
3 He Thought About Making Inappropriate Videos
2 Drake Made Him Step His Game Up
You would think the most confident musician sees nobody else in his lane, but surprisingly, even Kanye knows when to pay his respect. In an XXL interview, West said that Drake was the first to scare him and put the pressure on him. He continued:
"When I feel pressure, I step my game up. So I believe that Drake made great music for people to love and enjoy, but he also forced me to step my game up, because I have to be Kanye West."
1 Kanye Cheated On Amber To Be With Kim
Before Kim and Kanye's extravagant wedding and birth of two beautiful children, Kanye was dating model Amber Rose while Kim was dating Reggie Bush. Though Kim and Kanye were 'just friends', they were always infatuated with each other. They were so infatuated that they both allegedly cheated in their relationships and began texting each other some inappropriate messages. When asked the reason for Kanye and Rose's split, Rose claimed: “Kim is one of the main reasons why me and Kanye are not together,” adding, “She’s a home wrecker! They were both cheating on me and Reggie with each other.” Since then, they have all made amends and even posted a picture on Instagram.
Sources: biography.com, tmz.com, mtv.com, genius.com, nydailynews.com.
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