Kanye West

Kanye West
Kanye West at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival (crop 2).jpg
West in April 2009
Kanye Omari West

(1977-06-08) June 8, 1977 (age 45)
Other names
  • Ye[a]
  • Yeezus
  • Saint Pablo
  • Yeezy
  • Louis Vuitton Don
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • fashion designer
Years active1996–present
(m. 2014; div. 2022)

Musical career
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Member of
Formerly of

Ye[a] (/j/ YAY; born Kanye Omari West /ˈkɑːnj/ KAHN-yay; June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer.[1][2][3][4]

Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago,[5][6] West gained recognition as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing singles for several artists and developing the "chipmunk soul" sampling style. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, he released his debut studio album, The College Dropout (2004), to critical and commercial success. He founded the record label GOOD Music later that year. West explored diverse musical elements like orchestras, synthesizers, and autotune on the albums Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and 808s & Heartbreak (2008). His fifth and sixth albums My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) and Yeezus (2013) were also met with critical and commercial success. West further diversified his musical styles on The Life of Pablo (2016) and Ye (2018) and explored Christian and gospel music on Jesus Is King (2019). His tenth album Donda (2021) was released to continued commercial success but mixed critical reception. West's discography also includes the two full-length collaborative albums Watch the Throne (2011) with Jay-Z and Kids See Ghosts (2018) with Kid Cudi.

One of the world's best-selling music artists, with over 160 million records sold, West has won 24 Grammy Awards and 75 nominations, the joint tenth-most of all time, and the joint-most Grammy awards of any rapper along with Jay-Z.[7] Among his other awards are the Billboard Artist Achievement Award, a joint-record three Brit Awards for Best International Male Solo Artist and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.[8] Six of West's albums were included on Rolling Stone's 2020 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list with the same publication naming him one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.[9] He holds the joint record (with Bob Dylan) for most albums (4) topping the annual Pazz & Jop critic poll. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.[10][11] As a fashion designer, he has collaborated with Nike, Louis Vuitton, Gap, and A.P.C. on clothing and footwear and led the Yeezy collaboration with Adidas. He is also the founder and head of the creative content company Donda.

West's outspoken views have received significant media coverage; he has been a frequent source of controversy due to his conduct on social media[12] and at awards shows and public settings, as well as his comments on the music and fashion industries, U.S. politics, race, and slavery. His Christian faith, high-profile marriage to Kim Kardashian, and mental health have also been topics of media attention.[13][14] In 2020, West launched an unsuccessful independent presidential campaign that primarily advocated for a consistent life ethic. In 2022, he was widely condemned and lost many sponsors and partnerships—including his collaborations with Adidas, Gap, and Balenciaga—after making a series of antisemitic statements.[15][16] In November 2022, he announced his 2024 presidential campaign, appearing publicly with Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist. West later publicly praised Adolf Hitler, denied the Holocaust,[17][18] and identified as a Nazi.[19][20]

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  2. ^ "New music review: Kanye West goes gospel with mixed results". Star Tribune. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  3. ^ "The Year in Christian & Gospel Charts 2019: Kanye West Is Top Gospel Artist". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2021.
  4. ^ "Kanye West Biography (1977–)". Biography.com. 2020. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  5. ^ Davis, Kimberly (June 2004). "The Many Faces of Kanye West". Ebony. p. 92. Retrieved July 19, 2007.
  6. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (August 21, 2005). "Why You Can't Ignore Kanye". Time. Archived from the original on April 1, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2007.
  7. ^ Ellie Abraham, Ellie (July 19, 2021). "Kanye West is rumoured to be dropping a new album this week – but not everyone's convinced". The Independent. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
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  9. ^ "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  10. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (April 18, 2005). "The 2005 TIME 100 - Kanye West". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  11. ^ Selby, Jenn (April 17, 2015). "Emma Watson and Kanye West named in TIME 100 most influential people of 2015". The Independent. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  12. ^ "Instagram Restricts Kanye West's Account and Deletes Content for Violating Policies". The Hollywood Reporter. October 8, 2022. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  13. ^ Graham, Ruth (October 28, 2019). "Evangelicals Are Extremely Excited About Kanye's Jesus Is King". Slate Magazine. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  14. ^ Schaffstall, Katherine (October 25, 2019). "Kanye West Unveils New 'Jesus Is King' Album; Talks "Cancel Culture" and "Christian Innovation"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  15. ^ "Adidas cuts ties with rapper Kanye West over anti-Semitism". BBC News. October 26, 2022. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  16. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (October 26, 2022). "Kanye West's hits keep coming: Here are the companies that have cut ties with him". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  17. ^ Limbong, Andrew (December 2, 2022). "Ye says 'I see good things about Hitler' on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' show". NPR. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
  18. ^ Bort, Nikki McCann Ramirez,Ryan; Ramirez, Nikki McCann; Bort, Ryan (December 1, 2022). "Kanye to Alex Jones: 'I Like Hitler'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 3, 2022.
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