Kanye Omari West (; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. He has been influential in the 21st-century development of mainstream hip hop and popular music in general.Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West was first known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing singles for several mainstream artists. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to critical and commercial success, and founded the record label GOOD Music. He experimented with a variety of musical genres on subsequent acclaimed studio albums, including Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and 808s & Heartbreak (2008). Drawing inspiration from maximalism and minimalism, respectively, West's fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) and sixth album Yeezus (2013) were also critical successes. He went on to release The Life of Pablo (2016), Ye (2018), and Jesus Is King (2019). West's discography also includes the full-length collaborations Watch the Throne (2011) and Kids See Ghosts (2018) with Jay-Z and Kid Cudi, respectively.West's outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant media attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, and in other public settings, as well as for his comments on the music and fashion industries, U.S. politics, and race. In 2020, he ran an unsuccessful independent presidential campaign that advocated for a consistent life ethic. His Christian faith, as well as his marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian, have also been a source of media attention. As a fashion designer, he has collaborated 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.West is one of the world's best-selling music artists, with more than 20 million albums and 140 million singles sold worldwide. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time. Among his other awards include the Billboard Artist Achievement Award, a joint-record three Brit Awards for Best International Male Solo Artist and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Six of his albums have been included on Rolling Stone's 2020 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list; the same publication named him one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. West is the tied holder for the most albums (four) topping the annual Pazz & Jop critic poll. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.
Most biographies and reference works state that West was born on June 8, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia, although some sources give his birthplace as Douglasville, a small city west of Atlanta. After his parents divorced when he was three years old, he moved with his mother to Chicago, Illinois. His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray West was later a Christian counselor, and in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland, with startup capital from his son. West's mother, Dr. Donda C. (Williams) West, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University, before retiring to serve as his manager. West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois, after living in Chicago. At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, where she was teaching at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program. According to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it. When asked about his grades in high school, West replied, "I got A's and B's. And I'm not even frontin'."West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age; he began writing poetry when he was five years old. His mother recalled that she first took notice of West's passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade. West started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade, eventually selling them to other artists. At age thirteen, West wrote a rap song called "Green Eggs and Ham" (the title of a best-selling children's book by Dr. Seuss) and persuaded his mother to pay for time in a recording studio. Accompanying him to the studio and despite discovering it being "a little basement studio" where a microphone hung from the ceiling by a wire clothes hanger, West's mother nonetheless supported and encouraged him. West crossed paths with producer/DJ No I.D., with whom he quickly formed a close friendship. No I.D. soon became West's mentor, and it was from him that West learned how to sample and program beats after he received his first sampler at age 15. After graduating from high school, West received a scholarship to attend Chicago's American Academy of Art in 1997 and began taking painting classes; shortly after, he transferred to Chicago State University to study English. He soon realized that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his musical work, and at 20 he dropped out of college to pursue his musical dreams. This greatly displeased his mother, who was also a professor at the university. She later commented, "It was drummed into my head that college is the ticket to a good life ... but some career goals don't require college. For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you."
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Jesus Is King
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Kanye West - Sunday Service At The Mountain
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Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 Event
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Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death
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Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak at The Hollywood Bowl
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Daft Punk Unchained
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Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptons
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Life Is But a Dream
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The Black Mamba
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Kourtney and Kim Take New York
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Kanye West at Coachella
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Alan Carr: Chatty Man
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Kanye West: Live from VH1 Storytellers
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The Love Guru
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Concert for Diana
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Keeping Up with the Kardashians
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Bling: A Planet Rock
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When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
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Kanye West: Late Orchestration
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"The Producers" is the first documentary about the original architects of hip hop. Hip hop's foundation has been built by beat makers for over three decades. 20 influential producers tell the history ...
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Kanye West: Unauthorized
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Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology
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John Legend: Live at the House of Blues
John Legend brings his old-school soul sound to the stage with this concert recorded at Hollywood's House of Blues in August 2005, delivering live renditions of hits like "Let's Get Lifted," "Number O...
MTVU Stand In
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Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
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State Property 2
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Vince Chase is in Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his agent.
Janet Jackson: From Janet. To Damita Jo: The Videos
Her first four studio albums were released on Virgin Records.
Fade to Black
An intimate look at hip-hop artist Shawn Carter, Jay-Z, revealing the multipleGrammy Award winning artist as never before, from his background and rise to fame to the recording of his last album. Jay-...
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Dave Chappelle's point of view is unleashed through a combination of sketches and stand-up.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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He pranked his celebrity friends with over-the-top stunts.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is a late-night talk show on ABC.
Anderson Cooper 360°
Anderson Cooper tells stories so that you can make up your own mind about the news.
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The Early Show
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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Merging fashion, fantasy and entertainment, this lingerie runway show includes pink carpet interviews, model profiles, behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the show, and musical performances.
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CD:UK was a British music television programme. Originally run in conjunction with SMTV Live, the programme first aired on ITV on 29 August 1998 to rival the BBC's Live & Kicking and was the replaceme...
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Nightline, or ABC News Nightline, is a late-night news program that is broadcast by ABC in the United States, and has a franchised formula to other networks and stations elsewhere in the world. Ted Ko...
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Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
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The GRAMMY Awards
The professional music recording industry was honored. The members of the Recording Academy vote on who they think is the most deserving of an award.
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The Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. The festival features dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and many other ar...
Dame Dash made a film.
The album is to be accompanied by a film.
A person named West is the subject of a film. He made it for his upcoming album.