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Dave Chappelle Knew Kanye Was Special a Long, Long Time Ago

Baby Kanye.

Dave Chappelle’s got proof that Kanye West’s ego (a trait often referred to as “healthy confidence” in other, non-Grammy-winning humans) was very much intact in late 2003, before Kanye even had an album out. At the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival in Illinois a couple weeks ago, Chappelle shared a tale illuminating this new bit of Yeezus lore. Hanging out before a Chappelle’s Show taping the week The Black Album came out, ‘Ye and Dave had a listening session (“Jay Z says on the record, ‘Kanyeezy, you’s a genius. You did it again,’ and Kanye stopped the tape and pressed rewind”), Kanye performed with Common, and then Kanye and Chappelle headed to the editing room to preview some never-before-seen sketches. “We was all cracking up and then in the middle of it all, Kanye’s phone rings,” Chappelle said. “This is when I knew he was gonna be famous. He answers the phone, he goes, ‘Hello. Huh? No. Uh uh, I can’t. I can’t. ‘Cause, I’m at the Dave Chappelle show watching sketches that nobody’s ever seen before.’ And then he says, ‘Cause my life is dope, and I do dope shit,’ and then he hung up the phone.”

Dave Chappelle Knew Kanye Was Special Long Ago