18. He claims he doesn’t read books
Or he did in 2009, anyway. “I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life,” Kanye was quoted by Reuters as explaining. Under what circumstances did he make that bold pronouncement? As part of a promotion for his own book Thank You and You’re Welcome. Of course.
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17. He was once arrested for stealing printers
Before he became famous, Kanye was arrested for allegedly stealing printers from an OfficeMax store. The incident took place in 2000, and the rapper has since suggested that the cops were guilty of racial profiling in their apprehension. That claim may have had some legs – after all, why would a man who doesn’t care for the written word steal something that prints ’em out?
16. He once rapped every bar of his new record to Seth Rogen in a limo
It turns out that if Kanye likes you, he’s happy to take you to his limo van, rap his entire new album to you and ask what you think. Well, that’s what Seth Rogen said happened in 2014, making him the envy of every fan around the world anxiously awaiting the follow-up to Yeezus. Not only that, but Kanye also decided to ambush unsuspecting delivery guys to ask them their opinion on his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy tracks.