Hip-hop star Kanye West learned how to hustle for money at an early age - and he's been the same way ever since.

The JESUS WALKS rapper spent the spoils he earned from generous passers-by on ice cream and sweets, and insists his mercenary attitude set him up for life.

He recalls, "I remember when I was little, my mom took a job in China, and I used to dance in the street for money, or do some karate demonstrations for pennies.

"To be honest, it was pretty entertaining for me. But I used to spend what I earned on ice cream.

"My mother would be like, 'How can you ask for money from the poor Chinese people?'

"I guess I was a hustler in fifth grade."

22/07/2005 01:55