Kanye West, who was born on June 8, 1977, has been one of the most commercially and critically successful artists of the 21st century.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the Grammy Award-winning artist:
Kanye West Facts #1:
The mother of the famous rapper was a former English professor at Chicago State University. She will not be at his and Kim Kardashian’s wedding since she passed away from complications of surgery on November 10, 2007.
Kanye West Facts #2:
Due to a severe car accident that occurred on October 23, 2002, he has a metal plate in his chin. The car accident happened because he was driving from a studio session and fell asleep while driving. He ended up crashing his vehicle into another car.
Kanye West Facts #3:
He has provided his vocals for many songs with other well-known music artists. Some of these artists are Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Jay-Z, DMX, Alicia Keys, Common, and Mos Def.
Kanye West Facts #4:
Another interesting fact is that his favorite band is Franz Ferdinand.
Kanye West Facts #5:
He has commented that he has received weird looks from people when he lived in Asia for a year. In his words, “Most of the kids had never seen a black person before, so they’d come over to me and touch my face, thinkin’ it was paint or something.”
Kanye West Facts #6:
It should be noted that he is a highly successful music artist. In fact, he has received 21 Grammy Awards. This makes him one of the most awarded artists in the history of music. Furthermore, he has been included in some Forbes annual lists. Also, he has released three albums that have been ranked on the Rolling Stone‘s magazine list of “the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
Kanye West Facts #7:
A surprising fact about the American celebrity is that he has raised money for a number of organizations. More specifically, he has been involved in many fundraisers and has helped bring in money for the Millions More Movement, 100 Black Men of America, and for Live Earth.
Kanye West Facts #8:
One of his weaknesses is his narcissism. In response to wanting to win Album of the Year, he stated, “If I don’t win Album of the Year, I’m gonna have a problem with that … I said I was the face of the Grammys last year. I’m 10 times that (this year).
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He has also been involved in some legal trouble. For instance, he was charged with misdemeanor criminal battery and attempted grand theft after he harassed a photographer in 2013.
Kanye West Facts #10:
The last interesting fact about the music artist is that he has made some anti-Semitic comments. In his words about how President Obama has experienced some difficult times as a policy maker, “Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people … We ain’t Jewish. We don’t got family that got money like that.”
Christopher Bagley, “Kanye West: The Transformer,” W.
Jon Caramanica, “Behind Kanye’s Mask,” The New York Times.
“Kanye West,” Yahoo! Celebrity.