Remember when MTV put out the list of the hottest MCs and Kanye West ranted and raved about being in the #7 spot? Yeah, that was one of my favorite Yeezy rants too because he started going in on MTV’s Sway about that time he gifted him with his first TV and he wanted Sway to remember that:
“I gave [MTV News reporter] Sway his first TV. He came over to my crib in Newark, NJ. I was living in Newark doing beats for Jay and Beans and all them and I was getting a new TV and I gave Sway his first TV. And really I didn’t really wanna even like call to talk about the #7 list, I just wanna tell everybody that I gave Sway his first TV. And he need to remember that.”
I got the chance to ask Sway about that TV that Kanye gave him and his response was this amazing story. Spoiler alert: Kanye West did not give Sway his first TV.
Check out Sway’s side of the Kanye West TV story:
“When Kanye first came to New York, him and I used to get together a lot. He would come to MTV and play his music for all of us. It was before he signed his deal. And I was working with a female vocalist and I saw some of the work Kanye had done with Beans and some other artists and I thought he was a tremendously talented guy. This was about in 2000.
I had a budget and I asked him if he’d be interested in producing an R&B vocalist and he said, “Sure,” so I took him on a train to Philadelphia to a studio and meet up with a friend of mine, Commissioner Gordon, who put together Lauryn Hill’s “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” I brought him into the studio with Commissioner Gordon, who is also an engineer and they talked about the proper way to mix live instrumentation over loops and drum beats. Kanye would stay in Philly with us.
As he started to evolve, he got a new apartment and in that apartment, he had an old TV and he would keep it in the sink because he was embarrassed by how small it was. I asked him, “Hey man, you throwing that away?” He said, “Yeah,” and I said, “No you ain’t. Carry it down to my car.” We carried it down to my car and I told him, “I’m saving this TV to remind you where you came from.” 12 years later, he brought the TV up again.”
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1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"