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, fashion designer,and entrepreneur, He is the founder of the record label GOOD Music and creative content company DONDA. He is one of the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, and has attracted both praise and criticism for his work and his controversial, outspoken public persona.

West first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hit singles for musical artists such as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys before pursing a solo career as a rapper. He released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread commercial and critical success, and went on to explore a variety of different styles and musical genres on subsequent albums that include the baroque-inspired Late Registration (2005), the electronic-tinged Graduation (2007), and the starkly emotive 808s & Heartbreak (2008). In 2010, he released his critically acclaimed fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He collaborated with Jay-Z on Watch the Throne (2011), and released his sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013.

West's collaborative efforts and outspoken views have received significant mainstream attention. His work as a designer includes multiple collaborations with brands such Nike, Louis Vuitton, A.P.C., and Adidas, and has most recently resulted in the Yeezy Season clothing lines. He has also pursued several collaborative projects related to his GOOD Music label. A frequent source of controversy, his more publicized comments include his declaration that President George W. Bush "doesn't care about black people" during a live 2005 television broadcast for Hurricane Katrina relief, and his interruption of singer Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

West is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 32 million albums and 100 million digital downloads worldwide. 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. Three of his albums rank on Rolling Stone's 2012 "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list; two of his albums feature at first and eighth, respectively, in Pitchfork Media's The 100 Best Albums of 2010–2014. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Thriller Michael Jackson 4.1 34
2002 The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse Jay‐Z 3.65 6
2004 Kamikaze Twista 4
2004 Virtuosity Chops 1
2004 Confessions Usher 1 6
2004 Damita Jo Janet 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 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 5
2006 Doctor's Advocate The Game 5 3
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 Amazin Race Kidz in the Hall 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 2nd Coming Cyssero 2
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 5
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

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