Once upon a time, some guy named Kanye West took his talents before Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr., and Jennifer Lopez on American Idol. With his very pregnant wife in tow (who may or may not be vaguely familiar), the show’s contestant shared his aspirations of transitioning from a producer to a rap star. Visibly nervous as his fate lay in the hands of three stars, West shared a bit of his charming backstory, noting that his friends weren’t particularly faithful in his pursuit of stardom.
“My name is Kanye, and I’m from the South Side of Chicago,” he said. “I always wanted to rap, but nobody really believes in me, so I wanted to try some things out.”
Sharing a rap that no one’s ever heard before (not really), West name-dropped Lopez in a few bars about meeting a meeting a woman “with a baby Louis Vuitton under her underarm.” Rapping his way through his only chance at a ticket to Hollywood, the rap star hopeful impressed the judges, one of which somehow already knew the words to his song. West received the golden ticket, and exclaimed in pure joy.
A pure rags to riches story right? Watch Kanye West live his dreams in the video below.