Kanye West doesn’t let a lot of people into his inner circle. His collaborations are carefully chosen, and even with some collaborators he keeps his distance. One person who has been around Kanye for years now is Chicago’s DJ Mano aka Million Dollar Mano. If that doesn’t ring a bell, you might be familiar with him as the guy going nuts behind Kanye during the recent Saturday Night Live performance. Mano might not always be the guy in the spotlight, but just as interesting as the on-stage performance is what happens when the spotlight isn’t on. From backstage hangouts to behind-the-scenes glimpses into a world few people get to see, here’s a collection of awesome photos Mano has shared on Facebook and Instagram over the years.

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