Kanye West has had a strained relationship with the paparazzi for years. But it turns out his own father was actually a paparazzo, he says.
“My father was a paparazzo himself,” Yeezy said, according to the Daily Mail, during a deposition in a civil case where he’s being sued by a photographer. “My father was a medical illustrator, a Black Panther, a Christian marriage counselor.”
His father, Ray West, was a respected photojournalist, employed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The AJC even has a 30-plus photo gallery of some of his photos on their site. The work is quite stunning — it captures the people, places and events that colored the metro area in the late 1970s and early ’80s — and is in no way reminiscent of the celeb-hunting photos we think of today when we hear the word “paparazzi.”
The suit stems from an incident in 2013 where Kanye got into an altercation with pap Daniel Ramos. Though ’Ye stressed that he didn’t intend to hurt Ramos, his frustration with what he feels to be a constant intrusion on his life was apparent.
“This guy is asking me about dumb sh–,” he said. “So, you know, I’m sorry that I tried to grab his camera. But I obviously didn’t try to hurt him. I’m not here to hurt people.”