Kanye West is a globetrotter. He’s continually popping around Europe to attend fashion shows, shop, and perform. He recorded My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in Hawaii, Yeezus in Paris. He interned at Fendi in Rome, and kicked it in Japan back in the day with The Teriyaki Boyz.
But this globetrotting spirit isn’t just a new thing for Kanye, or a by-product of his fame and wealth; he’s been popping around the world since he was a kid. Need proof? Take a look at the picture of a 10-year-old Kanye with his mother in China.
The image comes from a Rap Genius Forum poster named Alex Fraknoi. About it, he says,
“My dad is an astronomy professor, and we just had dinner with his astronomy advisor from Harvard. He asked what I was into and I told him about my ventures into hip-hop (I’m a rapper/producer). He asked if I knew about Kanye West, and obviously being a Ye stan I kept my cool and told him yes. He then told me that him and Donda West were good friends and co-teachers in China, and he got to spend a great deal of time playing with Kanye as a kid. Out of nowhere he whips out this picture and my jaw-drops. He said Kanye was a really sweet kid who wasn’t afraid to speak to adults and ask questions.”
Not bad for a 10-year-old.