There are not many photos of young Kanye West in existence online that the artist himself didn't post. This photo surfaced recently in the Kanye to the and RapGenius forums, posted by the user Frak. The rare photograph shows kid-Kanye on a bridge in China rocking a denim jacket with a purple sweatshirt and what we're pretty sure are a pair of Nikes. Frak provides a little backstory:

"This is crazy. My dad is an astronomy professor, and we just had dinner with his astronomy advisor from Harvard. He asked what I was into and I told him about my ventures into hip-hop (I’m a rapper/producer). He asked if I knew about Kanye West, and obviously being a Ye stan I kept my cool and told him yes. He then told me that him and Donda West were good friends and co-teachers in China, and he got to spend a great deal of time playing with Kanye as a kid. Out of nowhere he whips out this picture and my jaw-drops. He said Kanye was a really sweet kid who wasn’t afraid to speak to adults and ask questions." 

Has Kanye seen this photo? Does that astronomy advisor have a secret stash of them that he is hoarding from the world? We need answers!

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[via Kanyetothe]