Kanye West

Jun 9, 2023
Kanye (Ye) West

Kanye (Ye) West was born on June 8, 1977 and first came up in the music industry as a producer. Ye displayed rap skills in “College Dropout,” his 2004 debut album. Albums like “Late Registration (2005),” and “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010),” solidified his spot in hip-hop. He’s won 21 Grammys and is known for his award show antics, fashion sense, and marriage to Kim Kardashian. West’s beats have an unspoken confidence. His fashion sense sets him apart from many rappers.

BACKGROUND

Kanye Omari West was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. His parents divorced when he was three years old. West and his mother relocated to Oak Lawn, Illinois, and attended Polaris High School. He gravitated to the arts at an early age. Yeezy wrote the rap song ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ at 13 and got his mother to pay for studio time to record it.

His musical style evolved throughout his career. Different influences ranging from soul, pop, industrial electro, indie rock, synth-pop, and gospel can be heard throughout his catalog. Ye rose to fame as a producer for Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s. West formed the record label GOOD Music. He released his debut album, “The College Dropout,” in 2004 and took off. West’s outspoken opinions and personal life have received never ending publicity. His stunts at award shows with Taylor Swift, against certain groups on social media and TMZ, altercations with paparazzi, as well as his remarks on the music and fashion industries, and his attempted foray into politics have all sparked controversy.

As a fashion designer, West has worked with Nike, Louis Vuitton, Gap, and A.P.C. on clothing and footwear. His biggest collaboration was Yeezy with Adidas in 2013. He is the owner and C.E.O. of Donda, a creative content agency. With over 135 million records sold worldwide, West is one of the most critically acclaimed musicians of the twenty-first century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. West has 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most prestigious performers of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his generation.