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Meet the collector who purchased Kanye West’s art from high school

In 2005, Vinoda Basnayake, a then law student, helped with promoting a Kanye West performance at Club2K9 in Washington, DC in the USA. This was when West had one single, Through The Wire, but Basnayake said even then he understood how gifted he was. “I just think he’s so talented,” says Basnayake. “As a music producer and as an artist in every sense of the word, he’s just incredible.” West went on to become what he would become, and Basnayake, a lawyer who represents foreign governments by day and runs a hospitality fund at night–he co-owns popular venues in DC including Heist, Morris American Bar, Sheppard, and Casta’s–would become a big Kanye West fan.

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