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Trivia: Kanye West
  • All-Star Cast: " All of the Lights" from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy features all of the following on one song: Rihanna, Elly Jackson, Elton John, Alicia Keys, The-Dream, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Ryan Leslie, Charlie Wilson, Tony Williams, and John Legend.
    • MBDTF in general. Looking at the list of personnel involved, they range from the expected (e.g. Kid Cudi, Drake) to the somewhat less-expected (e.g. Gil Scott-Heron) to the rather bizarre (Justin Vernon of Bon Iver? Really?)
    • Subverted with "Cruel Summer" in that the features (outside GOOD Music) were all superstars in the world of urban music - about 10 years before the album was released. It featured R. Kelly, Ma$e, Raekwon and Marsha Ambrosius.
      • The exceptions being Jay-Z and Chief Keef. Plus, R. Kelly and Marsha Ambrosius both had albums out.
    • For the most part, Yeezus doesn't have as many features. However, Daft Punk produced four of the tracks, Rick Rubin was brought in as the deadline loomed for additional production, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver returns.
      • Yeezus only appears to have less features on the surface, based on the decision to not name features on the track list. Looking at the credits you can also find Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi, Hudson Mohawke, Travis Scott, Chief Keef, King L, Frank Ocean and reggae musician, Assassin.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: His famous interrupting Taylor Swift speech has been misquoted almost every time it is said. And it's rarely ever quoted the same way.
    "Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. ONE OF THE BEST VIDEOS OF ALL TIME."
  • Colbert Bump: His decision to bring Justin Vernon in for Dark Twisted Fantasy gave Bon Iver a lot of exposure. Odds are, if you meet someone who still pronounces it "Bonn Eye-vur", this is the only way they know about the band.
    • To an extent, at least in America, his songs with Elly Jackson of La Roux.
  • Creator Breakdown: His longtime fiancee dumped him, then his mom died during a plastic surgery operation, the album 808s & Heartbreak being the end result.
    • To an extent "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" as well, given it was created whilst West was a recluse in Hawaii after the fallout from the Taylor Swift incident.
  • Doing It for the Art: The Runaway film. Paid out of his own pocket, done solely to show off the music and backstory of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Def Jam's official statement was basically: "We have no idea where the money for this came from."
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: John Legend and Keyshia Cole provide backing vocals on The College Dropout.
  • One of Us: Kanye's sort of an anime nerd. Besides using AKIRA as an inspiration for the video for "Stronger", he played clips from various anime works at the listening party for the album Graduation.
    • West once stated he started experimenting with music production as a child, when he was making a video game and needed a soundtrack.
    • From his Twitter: "No way Spirited Away is better than Akira... NOOO WAAAY... sorry was just looking at a youtube of top 10 anime films." So not only does he like anime, he starts online arguments about it.
  • Production Posse: In addition to whoever is signed to GOOD Music; whenever Kanye has something being released; expect some involvement from Jay-Z, No I.D., Common, Lupe Fiasco, Tony Williams, Elly Jackson, Justin Vernon and Rihanna.
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor: Though the opposing record labels are really to blame, one can't help but think the Taylor Swift incident had something to do with Kanye's absence from the commercial version of 30 Seconds to Mars album This Is War, though the version of the song he guested on was released as a single and put on the Deluxe version. He also performed the song with them live on the 2010 MTV European Music Awards, with a slice of "Power" thrown in.
    • The same can be said for his planned tour with Lady Gaga.
  • What Could Have Been: As is the case with the development process for most rap albums, rumors circulated that Kanye had a variety of guest artists to choose from in making MBDTF. A wide variety of guest artists, including Soulja Boy (who Kanye had previously offered beats to) and Waka Flocka Flame. Much to the relief of some longtime Kanye fans, these two names never resurfaced. Madlib, the famous experimental, jazzy hip hop producer, was another name frequently mentioned. Who knows whether it would have fit with Kanye's style or not; but it would have been fascinating, no matter what.
    • "Drive Slow" on 'Late Registration' was supposed to feature M.I.A. and T.I.. The former didn't record a verse, whilst the latter did, but it was cut from the album, but can be found on the Internet. M.I.A. also recorded for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
    • Child Rebel Soldier could arguably fall into this as well.
    • The College Dropout had a number of tracks that never made an album. One of which is a collaboration with Ol' Dirty Bastard called "Keep the Receipt".
    • After the Taylor Swift incident he cancelled his plans to go on tour with Lady Gaga.
  • The Wiki Rule: Yup he has a wiki

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