By William E. Ketchum III
Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne tour is still going strong, one city at a time, with their most recent stop in Los Angeles on Monday night (December 12). Leather kilts and Nike endorsements aside, however, Kanye hasn’t forgotten where he comes from and in a new behind-the-scenes video, he gives some insight into his upbringing.
The Throne have teamed up with VoyR.com to release weekly videos featuring exclusive footage from the tour. The second free video, entitled “The Chi,” sees Kanye recounting his upbringing as an artistically-inclined child in his hometown in Chicago, Ill. In the clip Ye speaks about his interviews to get into a kindergarten for gifted students, and revisits his childhood home on the city’s South Side.
“They asked me what I wanted to draw, and I said, ‘I like football players,’” Ye remembered. “They said, ‘Can you just draw a person?’ I said, ‘I’ll draw a person with a football uniform on.’ And, I’m here today. [laughs] That, like, just explains everything!”
“We had this dog pen, we had this dog that we called ‘Genius’ because he could get out of anything,” Ye says laughing, while giving a tour. “We had him roped up. He’d always find his way home and sh--, he used to hop that fence right there.”
Other highlights in the video includes live footage of The Throne performing, a freestyle by G.O.O.D. Music emcee Malik Yusef, Ye’s manager Don C. painting his popular snakeskin snapback caps, and an appearance by Spike Lee. In the first free video from the VoyR series, Kanye imagines world leaders attending his funeral and speaks on the importance of his work.
Customers can subscribe to VoRy for weekly content from the tour.