Kanye West’s Surprise Confession: ‘My Father was a Paparazzo’

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With all of his run-ins and legal troubles surrounding them, you’d never guess that Kanye West was raised by a member of the paparazzi.

However, in his deposition surrounding his altercation with a photographer (Daniel Ramos) last year, the rapper confessed his dad was in fact a pap at one point in his life, which is why he would never want to hurt one.

“My father was a paparazzo himself,” he told Ramos’ attorney.  “My father was a medical illustrator, a Black Panther, a Christian marriage counselor.”

He continued, “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.”

In fact, Kanye admitted he has a lot of respect for some of the photographers.

“There are some nice guys out here trying to just feed their children,” but of course he had to add, “And then there’s a**holes like the guy you’re representing.”

So what caused Kanye to lose it on Ramos, anyway?  He explained during the deposition that he had just learned his grandfather was about to pass away when the incident occurred.

“And this guy was asking me dumb shit… So, you know, I’m that I tried to grab his camera.  But I obviously didn’t try to hurt him.  I’m not here to hurt people,” West said.

Launch the gallery above to see photos from the incident.