Juelz Santana has evergreen memories of young Kanye West that not everybody can boast of. He was one of the young talents that included then-rising rappers Cam’ron, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Kanye West, and Juelz Santana.
About 20 years ago, Juelz and Kanye released their respective debut albums (2003’s From Me To U and 2004’s The College Dropout).
Asked if money and fame has changed West, Juelz Santana explained how money didn’t change Kanye’s personality.
He continued saying, Kanye’s west has always been (cocky) as he is now – billionaire status or not. In fact, Santana believes Kanye was just as cocky before he ever reached billionaire status.
“He always kind of been like that,” Juelz shared. “Ye never changed up. Now he just got a billion dollars, so it makes him more aggressive. More like, more intense, when he’s doing the shit he’s doing.”
When asked if the old Kanye is the same as the 2022 version, who’s dominated headlines over the past several months by making both outlandish and controversial statements, Santana maintained that West has always been the same guy.
“He’s always been that cocky, arrogant, flamboyant guy,” Juelz said.
Prior to Juelz’s statement, Kanye West has claimed that he was mentally “misdiagnosed” with bipolar disorder and that his healthcare providers tried to drug him “out of his mind.”
“What should be obvious by now is that I was raised to stand for my truth regardless of the consequences,” Ye wrote on Twitter on Thursday (November 3). "So I will say this again, I was mentally misdiagnosed and nearly drugged out of my mind to make me a manageable well-behaved celebrity.”