And, as far as I'm concerned, it's working. In his personal life, Kanye kind of seems like a jerk. But I'm willing to let that slide for Young Kanye, who is featured in this 1990 video, and whom I love.
Young Kanye, as seen in this clip, is a bright 12-year-old boy with a passion (and talent) for music. Looking directly into the camera, he fearlessly performs a short rap, improvising the lyrics along the way. Though it's difficult to hear the song clearly, it's quite obvious that little 'Ye knows exactly what he's doing — and while that confidence is full-blown cockiness today, in a pre-teen, the ambition and confidence is totally inspiring.
Watch the clip below.