Kanye ‘Ye’ West is an American rapper, record producer, and fashion designer who was born Kanye Omari West on June 8, 1977. West was born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago. In the early 2000s, he rose to prominence as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, producing singles for a number of well-known artists and developing a unique sampling style known as “chipmunk soul.” West launched the record company GOOD Music after releasing his debut album, The College Dropout (2004), to critical and commercial acclaim.
West’s controversial beliefs and personal life have gotten a lot of attention in the media. His audacious comments on the music and fashion industries, U.S. politics, race, and slavery have been widely polarised. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, and in other public settings.
His Christian beliefs, as well as his marriage to reality television star Kim Kardashian, have gotten him a lot of press. West is widely regarded as one of hip hop’s most influential performers, with his work among the best-selling and critically acclaimed in the genre.
With over 160 million records sold globally, West is one of the most successful musicians in the world. He has 22 Grammy Awards to his credit, making him one of the most decorated artists of all time and the second most decorated rapper.
The Billboard Artist Achievement Award, three Brit Awards for Best International Male Solo Artist (a joint-record), and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award are among his numerous honours. Six of his albums were named to Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2020, and he was named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time by the same journal.
He’s spent the majority of his career in additive mode, attempting to create music that is magnificent, thought-provoking, and big in scale. He’s also expanded the genre’s boundaries, whether for middle-class ideals or high-fashion and high-art aspirations.