Kanye West has made a career out of being unpredictable. From his ambitious albums to his outlandish fashion choices, Yeezy is always trying to surprise us, so it only makes sense that he’d get a rush out of making unexpected guest appearances. In the last week alone we’ve seen Kanye drop by unannounced at Travi$ Scott’s L.A. show for a scream-filled performance of “New Slaves” and swing up to Toronto for a symbolic drop-in at Drake’s OVO Fest—but this isn’t a new trend.
Throughout his career Kanye has been known to show up at other artists’s shows. Whether he’s playing the role of tastemaker by popping up at a small club and shedding light on an emerging artist, teaming up with a fellow icon, or just dropping verses on a crowded plane, the Chicago rapper brings the same level of intensity and perfectionism to all of his performances. Though Kanye’s been busy being a dad lately, making a Yeezus tour a little unlikely, he’s still made time to drop in for quick appearances. So keep an eye out and your camera phone ready, ’cause you never know when Kanye might show up. There’s really nothing better than a Kanye surprise—just ask Taylor Swift.—Dan Jackson