Kanye West's Dad Was a Paparazzo
Kanye West has opened up about his relationship with the paparazzi, explaining how he actually often counts on photographers to help him with everyday tasks and revealing that his own das used to be a celebrity snapper.
According to his testimony at a deposition to settle the legal battle with photographer Daniel Ramos last year, the rapper insists that he has a special connection to the paparazzi because of his father's line of work. Ray West used to be a photojournalist at The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
West mentions in his testimony, obtained by Dailymail.co.uk: "My father was a paparazzo himself. My father was a medical illustrator, a Black Panther, a Christian marriage counsellor. My mother was the first black chair of the English department in Chicago State. They didn't raise me to be out here wrestling with random paparazzi in front of LAX."
He also mentioned how he sometimes even takes trusted paparazzo for a ride in his car and how they often help him out with parking and avoiding traffic fines: "Sometimes I get in the car with the paparazzi. Paparazzi help me to park. The paparazzi watch my car and make sure that cops don't give me tickets. There are some nice guys out here trying to just feed their family."
The rapper, who is being sued by Daniel Ramos over a scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport last year, defends his emotional state at the time of the bust-up with Ramos, as he had just found out his grandfather was seriously ill.
West was sentenced to two years of probation, anger management sessions, and 250 hours of community service as a punishment for the attack on Ramos.