The Internet's Rediscovered The X-Rated Reason Kanye West Started Making Beats

THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT
THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT
  • The Internet's Rediscovered The X-Rated Reason Kanye West Started Making Beats
    POSTED Jun 21 2021

    Kanye West
    Kanye West. Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images.

    Before he was a rapper, Kanye West was a hit producer, working with the likes of Jay-Z, Nas, Britney Spears and more. Even before his 2003 debut single Through The Wire, he'd built a reputation in the industry, and it only grew from there.

    However, it turns out that he had more... primal reasons for getting into production. Thanks to a tweet from @surgeon18012021, the Internet's been caught up on the reason that Kanye started to make beats, and it's the result of a "sexually suggestive Mario ROM hack he was making".

    At the age of 12, Kanye was a wannabe game designer, and he spoke about it in a 2009 interview with Details. He needed music for the games he was making, so who better than to make the music himself?

    Kanye recounted, "First beat I did was in seventh grade, on my computer. I got into doing beats for the video games I used to try to make. My game was very sexual. The main character was, like, a giant penis. It was like Mario Brothers, but the ghosts were, like, vaginas.

    "Mind you, I'm 12 years old, and this is stuff 30-year-olds are programming. You'd have to draw in and program every little step—it literally took me all night to do a step, 'cause the penis, y'know, had little feet and eyes."

    Kanye went on to talk about how he believes that sexual desires can be channelled into creation, saying, “People ask me a lot about my drive. I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age.

    "Look at the drive that people have to get sex—to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 A.M., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic . . . "

    READ MORE: We're Mesmerised By These AI Re-Creations Of Kanye West's Album Covers

    Next time you go to listen to a Kanye-produced beat, just remember that it all started because of a Mario ROM hack he was making. We're not sure we'll ever be able to forget that fact.

    159276
Submitted by ben.madden on Mon, 21/06/2021 - 10:33

Kanye West
Kanye West. Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images.

Before he was a rapper, Kanye West was a hit producer, working with the likes of Jay-Z, Nas, Britney Spears and more. Even before his 2003 debut single Through The Wire, he'd built a reputation in the industry, and it only grew from there.

However, it turns out that he had more... primal reasons for getting into production. Thanks to a tweet from @surgeon18012021, the Internet's been caught up on the reason that Kanye started to make beats, and it's the result of a "sexually suggestive Mario ROM hack he was making".

At the age of 12, Kanye was a wannabe game designer, and he spoke about it in a 2009 interview with Details. He needed music for the games he was making, so who better than to make the music himself?

Kanye recounted, "First beat I did was in seventh grade, on my computer. I got into doing beats for the video games I used to try to make. My game was very sexual. The main character was, like, a giant penis. It was like Mario Brothers, but the ghosts were, like, vaginas.

"Mind you, I'm 12 years old, and this is stuff 30-year-olds are programming. You'd have to draw in and program every little step—it literally took me all night to do a step, 'cause the penis, y'know, had little feet and eyes."

Kanye went on to talk about how he believes that sexual desires can be channelled into creation, saying, “People ask me a lot about my drive. I think it comes from, like, having a sexual addiction at a really young age.

"Look at the drive that people have to get sex—to dress like this and get a haircut and be in the club in the freezing cold at 3 A.M., the places they go to pick up a girl. If you can focus the energy into something valuable, put that into work ethic . . . "

READ MORE: We're Mesmerised By These AI Re-Creations Of Kanye West's Album Covers

Next time you go to listen to a Kanye-produced beat, just remember that it all started because of a Mario ROM hack he was making. We're not sure we'll ever be able to forget that fact.

Category Tier 1
Tags Tier 2
Tags Tier 3
Author Name
Ben Madden
Blog Thumbnail
Kanye West
Slug URL
kanye-west-production-origin-story
Show in home news block?
Off

SIGN UP FOR STUFF

Be the first to know about new posts, competitions, videos, exclusive events and everything cool!

terms

By submitting my information, I agree to receive personalized updates and marketing messages about Cool Accidents based on my information, interests, activities, website visits and device data and in accordance with the Privacy Policy. I understand that I can opt-out at any time by emailing privacypolicy@wmg.com.

Thank you!
x

Welcome to Cool Accidents' mailing list.

Customize your notifications for tour dates near your hometown, birthday wishes, or special discounts in our online store!

terms

By submitting my information, I agree to receive personalized updates and marketing messages about Cool Accidents based on my information, interests, activities, website visits and device data and in accordance with the Privacy Policy. In addition, if I have checked the box above, I agree to receive such updates and messages about similar artists, products and offers. I understand that I can opt-out from messages at any time by emailing privacypolicy@wmg.com.