If anyone has spent a lot of time watching Kanye West, it's Coodie Simmons. A Chicago native, Coodie met a young Kanye and was convinced he was going to become a star. Soon Coodie became Kanye's videographer and followed him everywhere he went. Coodie was around to document studio sessions, label meetings, even dentist appointments. And according to Coodie, Kanye never wrote lyrics—ever.
“I’d never seen him write no [lyrics] down," said Coodie. "I used to film him rapping so he could remember the verse because he didn’t write nothing down. So a lot of times I’d film him rapping and then show it back to him."