In 2004, Kanye West released his debut album “The College Dropout,” which was four years in the making and produced solely by the artist himself (via Capital Xtra). The album track “Spaceship” made reference to West’s time as a teen working at The Gap, with the lyrics lamenting how he never made enough there. “Let’s go back, back to The Gap. Look at my check — wasn’t no scratch So if I stole, wasn’t my fault. Yeah, I stole — never got caught,” the lyrics read(via Genius).
Writing for Paper Magazine back in 2015, the rapper again referenced his time working at The Gap, revealing that, although he loved the clothes, he couldn’t afford to actually shop there.
“When I was working at the Gap at 15, I don’t think I had any desire to actually make clothes, but I always felt like that’s what I wanted to be around. I loved the fabrics, I loved the colors, I loved the proportions,” West explained. “Abercrombie was too expensive for me and the Gap was too expensive for me. Even though I worked at the Gap, I didn’t get enough hours to get a discount because I was a part-time employee, because I went to high school.”