Kanye West

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Legal name: Kanye Omari West


Kanye Omari West (/ˈkɑːnj/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer. West first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records; he achieved recognition for his work on rapper Jay Z's The Blueprint (2001), as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally used high-pitched vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments. He later broadened his influences to include R&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, house, folk, alternative, electronica, synthpop, industrial, and classical music.

West was raised in a middle-class household in Chicago, Illinois, and began rapping in the third grade, becoming involved in the city's hip hop scene. West attended art school for one semester before dropping out to pursue music entirely in the late 1990s. Although his real desire was to become a rapper, record executives did not take West seriously, viewing him as a producer first and foremost. After being signed to Roc-A-Fella in 2002, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim. The baroque-inspired Late Registration followed in 2005, and Graduation in 2007. West switched rapping for singing on his emotive 2008 effort 808s & Heartbreak, and embraced maximalism on 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Following several collaborations, West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, in 2013.

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 #8 and #1 in Pitchfork Media's The 100 Best Albums of 2010–2014.

West's background and style, from his debut album, deviated from the then-dominant "gangsta" persona in hip hop, and he would later alter the genre stylistically as rappers adopted his alternative aesthetic. An outspoken celebrity, West has often been a source of controversy as a result of his outspoken appearances at award shows and his various television and radio interviews. West has collaborated on multiple occasions with brands Nike, Louis Vuitton, A.P.C., and Adidas. West also runs his own record label GOOD Music and has directed several short films.

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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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