A Brief History of Kanye West Falling Asleep in Public

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Suffice it to say it’s a full-time job to be Kanye Omari West, who once called himself “the greatest artist of all time.”

Between his presidential ambitions, fashion ventures, and of course, his music, being Yeezy is tiring, so it’s no wonder that Mr. West is not above casually catching a quick wink where he can get it — whether that’s at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards or as he did on Monday, snoozing on a park bench during an outing with his family.

For your viewing pleasure, we’ve rounded up the best Kanye West snoozing moments and even paired them with songs from his own discography that are only fitting for waking him up — wake up, Mr. West!



Kanye Sleeping at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

Where: Pretending to snooze at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards as Taylor Swift accepted an award.

Wake-up call: “Y’all sleeping on me? Have a good snooze?” — “Feedback,” The Life of Pablo

Kanye Sleeping at a Birthday Party

Where: A Kardashian birthday party; mother-in-law Kris Jenner joined him, while NBA player and former Khloe Kardashian paramour James Harden goofed around in the background.

Wake-up call: “This is a god dream, this is everything.” — “Ultralight Beam,” The Life of Pablo

Kanye Sleeping on a Plane

Where: Kanye sleeps on a plane with a Louis Vuitton blanket, as one does.

Wake-up call: “Woke up back in Paris” — “Dark Fantasy,” My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye Sleeping At A Park

Where: Yeezy took a nap at a Southern California park alongside son Saint.

Wake-up call: “Good morning, on this day we become legendary” — “Good Morning,” Graduation

Kanye Sleeping in a Store

Where: Shopping with Kim Kardashian, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen; daughter North West joins him for a nap.

Wake-up call: “Wake up, Mr. West!” — “Heard ‘Em Say,” Late Registration

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