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Kanye West          

Grammy Award-Winning Rapper & Producer

Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West briefly attended art school before becoming known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hit singles for artists such as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success, and founded the record label GOOD Music. He went on to pursue a variety of styles on subsequent albums Late Registration, Graduation, and 808s & Heartbreak. In 2010, he released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to rave reviews from critics, and the following year he released the collaborative album Watch the Throne with Jay-Z. West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016. In 2018, he released his 8th solo studio album Ye. The album is certified Gold and went #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He also released a collaborative album with Kid Cudi in 2018 under the name "Kids See Ghosts".

West's outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant mainstream attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, and in other public settings. His more scrutinized comments include his off-script denunciation of President George W. Bush during a live 2005 television broadcast for Hurricane Katrina relief and his interruption of singer Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. West's ventures as a fashion designer include collaborations with Nike, Louis Vuitton, and A.P.C. on both clothing and footwear, and have most prominently resulted in the YEEZY collaboration with Adidas beginning in 2013. He is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to widespread media coverage.

West is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century,] and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 32 million albums and 100 million digital downloads worldwide. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist to have debuted in the 21st century. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone's 2012 update of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.

In addition to releasing his own projects in 2018, he also served as a producer on a number of different albums, including Migos' Culture II, Pusha T's DAYTONA and Nas' NASIR.

West is expected to release his ninth solo studio album Yandhi in the near future. A release date has not yet been announced.


Grammys 2017: Beyonce, Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West Lead Nominees
Beyoncé leads this year's field of Grammy hopefuls with nine nominations, with Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West each garnering eight nods apiece. The awards show will air live from Los Angeles' Staples Center on February 12th.
Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift: The Misogynistic Feud That Will Never End
Nearly seven years after he interrupted her at the VMAs, West references the incident in a misogynistic new song that has both parties attacking each other. Will it ever finish?
Kanye West and Amber Rose’s Never-Ending Soap Opera
We all have our New Year’s resolutions. For most, these consist of steps toward self-improvement—joining a gym, participating in a “Dry January,” saving money, or quitting smoking. Kanye West’s New Year’s resolution was, it seems, to tweet like there’s no tomorrow.
Kanye West: 'My Next Album Is Going to Be Eight Songs' | Music ...
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