Although it is hard to believe – knowing the present Kanye West, the child Kanye was an exemplary kid, spending his time learning Chinese and doing Tai Chi, while other kids his age got in trouble.
When he was only three years old, his late mother Donda and his father, Ray had a divorce. However, he did not miss any of his parents, as they had a good relationship, and Kanye lived with his mom, but spent plenty of time with his dad during summers.
His father remarried Brenda Bentley, who is also the woman who shared some pictures of a young Kanye for Radar.com, and also offered to share a few things about him that we may have not known before.
Bentley remembers her stepson as a very mannered boy who never even dared interrupt his own father, let alone an award ceremony.
“We were on the Metro going to a parade downtown. He was with his father, so he knew he had to behave. Ray wasn’t too strict as a dad, and it was summer – so that was playtime. He was a well-spoken boy and his father always insisted he had good manners.”
“At home he did his chores like making his bed. He was well behaved and if he ever had a tantrum it would not last long and he would go back to being a good boy again,” she said.
“Kanye loved museums and art. His father helped him develop sophisticated tastes,” revealed Bentley. “He used to love animations, artsy stuff, not Disney, that was too mundane. His father helped him to develop sophisticated tastes and become culturally rich.”
“He was a cute little boy and he was always very good at school — his mother and father demanded he excel. I think most people misunderstand what he is really like. The person you see on stage is just a persona. He is not like that in normal life. He’s regular. One of his favorite things to do backstage is play Connect Four.”
Kanye was raised with a love for the fine arts and culture as his mother was a university professor – she even took him to China for a year as part of an exchange program. In her book, “Raising Kanye,” Donda wrote: “He’d charge other kids to see him breakdance. He could spin on his head and everything.”