Kanye West

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Legal name: Kanye Omari West


Kanye Omari West (/ˈkɑːnj/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, record producer, fashion designer, head of the record label GOOD Music, and founder of creative content company DONDA. West is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, continuing to attract both praise and controversy for his outspoken persona.

Raised in Chicago, where he became involved in music as a child, West eventually dropped out of art school in the 1990s to pursue music. He first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, producing hit singles for musical artists including Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson with a distinctive style of production that utilized high-pitched vocal samples from soul songs. Intent on pursuing his own career as a rapper, he released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim. His middle-class background and style deviated from the then-dominant "gangsta" persona in hip hop, and he would later embrace a variety of different styles and musical genres as other artists adopted his alternative aesthetic. He followed his debut with the baroque-inspired Late Registration in 2005, and the electronic-tinged Graduation in 2007. West abandoned rapping for singing on his emotive 2008 effort 808s & Heartbreak, and embraced maximalism on 2010s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Following several collaborations, he released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, in 2013.

West has collaborated with a range of figures in music, fashion, and the visual arts. His work as a fashion designer includes multiple collaborations with brands such Nike, Louis Vuitton, A.P.C., and Adidas. An outspoken celebrity, West has often been a source of controversy as a result of his outspoken appearances in public, including his pronouncement that "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a live benefit broadcast for Hurricane Katrina relief, and his interruption of singer Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. He is married to American television personality Kim Kardashian.

West is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 21 million albums and 100 million digital downloads. 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 of his age. Time named West one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005, 2011 and 2015. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Three of his albums rank on Rolling Stone's 2012 "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list; two of his albums feature at #1 and #8 in Pitchfork Media's The 100 Best Albums of 2010–2014.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 The College Dropout Kanye West 4.4 7
2005 Late Registration Kanye West 4.4 8
2007 Graduation Kanye West 3.85 7
2008 808s & Heartbreak Kanye West 3.15 6
2009 G.O.O.D. Morning, G.O.O.D. Night Kanye West & Malik Yusef 2
2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West 4.25 6
2011 Watch the Throne JAY Z & Kanye West 3.15 5
2012 Cruel Summer Kanye West 1
2013 Yeezus Kanye West 1 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Best of Kanye West Kanye West 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Late Orchestration Kanye West 2
2010 VH1 Storytellers Kanye West 1

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Freshmen Adjustment Kanye West 2
2006 Freshmen Adjustment, Volume 2 Kanye West 1
2007 Can't Tell Me Nothing: The Official Mixtape Kanye West 1
2007 Freshmen Adjustment, Volume 3 Kanye West 1
2008 Sky High: Presented by DJ Benzi and Plain Pat Kanye West 2
2009 The Lost Tapes Kanye West 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Through the Wire Kanye West 3
2004 All Falls Down Kanye West 3
2004 Jesus Walks Kanye West 1
2005 Diamonds From Sierra Leone Kanye West 3
2005 Gold Digger Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx 3
2005 Heard 'em Say Kanye West 4
2005 Heard Em Say / Touch the Sky Kanye West 1
2006 Touch the Sky Kanye West 1
2006 Impossible Kanye West 1
2006 Extravaganza Jamie Foxx feat. Kanye West 1
2007 I Still Love H.E.R. Teriyaki Boyz feat. Kanye West 1
2007 Stronger Kanye West 3 5
2007 Pro Nails Kid Sister feat. Kanye West 4
2008 Put On Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West 1
2008 Love Lockdown Kanye West 2
2009 Gifted N.A.S.A. feat. Kanye West, Santigold & Lykke Li 2
2009 Run This Town Jay-Z feat. Rihanna & Kanye West 2 6
2010 Power Kanye West 1
2010 E.T. Katy Perry feat. Kanye West 12
2010 Monster Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj 1
2010 Devil in a New Dress Kanye West 1
2010 Good Friday Kanye West feat. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson 1
2010 Lord Lord Lord Kanye West feat. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson 1
2010 So Appalled Kanye West feat. RZA, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & CyHi da Prynce 1
2010 Christian Dior Denim Flow Kanye West feat. Kid Cudi, Pusha T, John Legend, Lloyd Banks & Ryan Leslie 1
2010 Runaway Kanye West feat. Pusha T 1
2010 Take One for the Team Kanye West feat. Keri Hilson, Pusha T & CyHi da Prynce 1
2010 Don't Look Down Kanye West feat. Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco & Big Sean 3 1
2010 The Joy Kanye West feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi 1
2010 Looking for Trouble Kanye West feat. Pusha T, CyHi da Prynce, Big Sean & J. Cole 1
2010 Chain Heavy Kanye West feat. Talib Kweli & Consequence 1
2010 Christmas in Harlem Kanye West feat. Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Vado, CyHi da Prynce, Pusha T, Musiq Soulchild, Teyana Taylor & Big Sean 1

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