Some Little-Known Facts About Your Favorite Hip-Hop Artists
Wed, April 21, 2021

Some Little-Known Facts About Your Favorite Hip-Hop Artists

Love him or hate him, his impact in the hip-hop industry is unparalleled and thusly acknowledged. But before he became such a big name, West first went to art school / Photo by: Marcus Linder via Flickr

 

Because of the constant information we get from social media, we might be justified to say that when it comes to our favorite artists, we know a lot of things about them—what they like eating, how they spend time with their kids, or even how they do their make-up routine every day. And just like us, they are also complex human beings with the same or probably even worse problems. 

Of course, what we know about our fave celeb is usually a mere half of the picture because they too would their private lives that they protect will protect at all cost. It may be facts before they entered the music industry, during, or even after they’ve tanked their own careers. Sometimes, these too will leak out, and these are definitely a lot juicier to chew on. So here are some unusual or at least surprising facts about your favorite artists you may not know about. 

 

Kanye West Went to Art School

It’s no secret that Kanye West is a genius.

Love him or hate him, his impact in the hip-hop industry is unparalleled and thusly acknowledged. But before he became such a big name, West first went to art school. According to celebrity news resource Cheat Sheet, Kanye briefly attended Chicago State University and the American Academy of Art, both of which he didn’t finish. This was because he was already seeing his potential through music. 

Even as he reigns now as one of the most prominent names in hip hop, West still took classes to “feed his passions in drawing and painting.” 

Lil Dicky Was Once Ignorant About Climate Change But Has Done a 180

Prior to the release of the hilarious “Earth” video in which comedic rapper Lil Dicky sought the help of so many artists to voice various animated animals for a music video, he himself was not as aware of climate change. According to the New Scientist, an English-language magazine covering all aspects of science and technology, Lil Dicky had previously been misinformed of the climate situation as well as most social and political issues, “but climate change has made him feel he should have turned his attention to the cause far earlier.”
His “Earth” video was a love letter to that newfound reason to care and though the music video itself is just a manifestation of this intent and is not guaranteed to make everyone want to save the Earth, it is still a good thing, says Ph.D. researcher Corrine Cath for the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. Cath knows that this is just the first step in a bigger fight but still acknowledges that “it’s a good start as part of a wider communication strategy.” 

 

Iggy Azalea Tanked Her Already Hyped-Up Career

Now, whether or not you are a fan of the rapper and model Iggy Azalea, you have to admit that her fame just landed her in so many memes and vine jokes in the past few years. This is in stark contrast with her explosive splash onto the music scene when she released her song “Fancy” with pop singer Charli XCX. From there, though, Iggy struggled to remain relevant in an already very competitive market. 

According to Nicki Swift, a celebrity-based website, Iggy’s “The New Classic” held her career solidly enough, but when she came back in 2018 and released the “Survive the Summer” EP, “Pitchfork summarized the album as the product ‘of someone too deep in the hole to stop digging.’” After that, she then promptly became buried under the plethora of newer and more talented rappers in the industry. 

Now, whether or not you are a fan of the rapper and model Iggy Azalea, you have to admit that her fame just landed her in so many memes and vine jokes in the past few years / Photo by: Laura Murray via Flickr

 

LMFAO Unfortunately Will No Longer Be Partying 

LMFAO made the whole world dance and feel incredibly good about themselves when they released both the “Party Rock Anthem” (with the bonus dancing Jesus) and “Sexy and I Know It,” but as it turns out, that’s the last we’ll see of them. To the sorrow of every Party Rocker, the duo has split after their smash shit. Before we dive into why they called it quits, let’s not forget that the song was actually such a hit that “it became one of the only 20 songs to ever reach the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) ‘diamond’ status.” 

Unfortunately, Redfoo and Sky Blu had quite a very public falling out. The feud was aired out in public by Sky Blu himself. He spoke against Redfoo, who was actually his uncle (shocker) and accused him of “abandoning him after a back injury that left him unable to perform during ‘a huge stadium tour,’ but also attempting to continue performing as LMFAO without him.” 

LMFAO made the whole world dance and feel incredibly good about themselves when they released both the “Party Rock Anthem” (with the bonus dancing Jesus) and “Sexy and I Know It,” but as it turns out, that’s the last we’ll see of them / Photo by: Noah_Diamond via Wikimedia Commons

 

Kendrick Lamar Was Initially Signed to Def Jam

Now on his way to becoming a whole legend in the rap game, it turns out Kendrick Lamar was originally signed with Def Jam, which is owned by Jay-Z. His albums have already made quite the impact on so many of his fans and his artistry seems to only grow and continue from them. In an article by Complex, a New York-based media platform for youth culture, Lamar vividly remembers the time he met Jay. 

“I remember Jay walking in the room, ‘Yo, what’s up?’ And walked back to the elevator and we was like, ‘Damn, that’s Jay,” Lamar told MTV. 

These snippets of information will certainly not change any fan’s high regard of their favorite stars but will add to their legendary status.