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
1982 Thriller Michael Jackson 4.1 31
2002 The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse Jay‐Z 3.65 6
2004 Kamikaze Twista 4
2004 Confessions Usher 1 6
2004 Damita Jo Janet Jackson 5 5
2004 Kiss of Death Jadakiss 1
2004 Afrodisiac Brandy 5 3
2004 Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit) Slum Village 2
2004 Get Lifted John Legend 8
2004 Purple Haze Cam'ron 2
2004 Neighborhood Watch Dilated Peoples 3
2004 Rapper's Delight Melbeatz 4 1
2004 Take 'em to the Cleaners Consequence 1
2005 Urban Hymns, Vol. 8 Various Artists 1
2005 D.O.D. Do or Die 1
2005 Be Common 4.8 5
2005 All Out War Volume 2 The Regime 1
2005 The People's Champ Paul Wall 5 1
2005 The Hip-Hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari 1
2005 Unpredictable Jamie Foxx 3
2005 Most Known Unknown Three 6 Mafia 3
2005 January Joy Mashonda 1
2006 Blue Collar Rhymefest 3
2006 In My Mind Pharrell 4
2006 Doctor's Advocate The Game 5 2
2006 More Fish Ghostface Killah 4 3
2006 Hip Hop Is Dead Nas 3 2
2006 The Professional 3 DJ Clue? 1
2006 It Sounds Nicer When It's Nasty! Nasty P 1
2007 Don't Quit Your Day Job Consequence 1
2007 The Illegal Album Kraddy 2
2007 Finding Forever Common 3.75 2
2007 Eardrum Talib Kweli 4.5 3
2007 Noreality N.O.R.E. 5 1
2007 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Various Artists 1
2007 Exclusive Chris Brown 2 11
2007 The Cons, Volume 5: Refuse to Die Consequence 1
2008 Shine Estelle 2
2008 Hard Candy Madonna 2.5 6
2008 Tha Carter III Lil Wayne 3 10
2008 The Recession Young Jeezy 4 2
2008 We Global DJ Khaled 1
2008 Paper Trail T.I. 4.85 4
2008 Evolver John Legend 4
2008 The Death of Adam 88-Keys 1
2008 Thr33 Ringz T‐Pain 4
2008 I Am… Sasha Fierce Beyoncé 5 12
2008 Universal Mind Control Common 4 4
2009 In a Perfect World... Keri Hilson 3 6
2009 Serious Japanese Teriyaki Boyz 1

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