Beck began life in a rooming house near downtown Los Angeles. As a child, he lived in a declining neighborhood just off Hollywood Boulevard "By the time we left there, they were ripping out miles of houses en masse and building low-rent, giant apartment blocks," he later recalled. The lower-class family struggled financially, moving to Hoover and Ninth Street, a neighborhood populated primarily by Koreans and Salvadorian refugees. He was sent for a time to live with his paternal grandparents in Kansas, with Beck later remarking that "I think they were kind of concerned" about his "weird" home life. Since his paternal grandfather was a Presbyterian minister, Beck grew up influenced by church music and hymns. Beck also spent time in Europe with his maternal grandfather, Al Hansen, a visual collage artist and a pioneer in the avant-garde Fluxus movement.
After his parents separated when he was ten, Beck stayed with his mother and brother in Los Angeles, where he was influenced by the city's diverse musical offerings—everything from hip hop to Latin music and his mother's art scene—all of which would later reappear in his recorded and published work. Beck obtained his first guitar at 16 and became a street musician, often playing Lead Belly covers at Lafayette Park.
Beck came from low class LA, where he bought a guitar and started playing on the streets. His whole life he's been around music. His father, David Campbell, is a composer that worked with some of the most popular artists today, and Kanye has the nerve to say BECK needs to respect artists!? Fuck him. Seriously, fuck this guy. I will never buy another one of his albums. Artist or not, that doesn't give you the right to be a complete asshole to someone he doesn't even know the history of.
Just wanted to get that out there.
For those of you feeling adventurous,
Beck - Blackhole