Kanye West is a cultural icon and people will always have something to say about him, whether it’s positive or negative.
The public interest in Kanye grew over the years as the Chicago native scratched and clawed his way to the top of the Hip Hop mountain. Full of confidence and self-belief, Ye laid out a path he knew would take him to the top, even if most people didn’t take him seriously at the time.
During a recent episode of his podcast The ETCs with Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets All-Star forward Kevin Durant reflected on Kanye’s journey and his recent Netflix documentary jeen-yuhs.
KD shared two revelations that hit him while watching Coodie and Chike’s intimate three-part film, with one being the role Kanye’s music and career has played in his own path to success.
“Watching that doc made me realize how important Kanye is to my life,” he said. “His struggle of trying to get on and become a rapper, because he was known for making beats, but nobody took him seriously as a rapper and for him to go from that to where he is now, where so many people jumped on and understood where he was trying to go.”
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Durant continued to reference Kanye West’s incredible ability to manifest everything he’s wanted in his life, arguing the Netflix documentary shows Ye has always been the way he is today.
“And then for him to predict all of the shit,” KD continued. “That’s really what that documentary was all about. He knew what he was about to do, and he was calling everything out.
“It was just so profound, like to hear these conversations he’s having with him and his moms. I get it. I get why Kanye is the way that he is. We always talk about we want the old Kanye back; he was just like this too back then — ranting, real confident.”
Kanye West has been in the game for over 20 years, so some fans may have forgotten he’s always had a habit of going on rants and exuded impenetrable confidence that can rub people the wrong way. Nothing he’s doing now seems to be new behavior, as it’s just Kanye being Kanye.
Yeezy isn’t the only rapper Kevin Durant has spoken highly of lately. Fivio Foreign and Stove God Cook$ have both received praise from the future basketball Hall of Famer, who’s even dipping his toes into an executive producer role alongside Young Thug on T-Shyne’s upcoming Confetti Nights album.