Kanye West

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Legal name: Ye


Ye ( YAY; born Kanye Omari West KAHN-yay; June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer. Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West gained recognition as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing singles for several prominent artists and developing a production style that heavily sampled old-school soul music. 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 commercial success and 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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, including denying the Holocaust.

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2003The College DropoutKanye West4.217
2005Late RegistrationKanye West4.217
2007GraduationKanye West3.7516
2008808s & HeartbreakKanye West3.5512
2009G.O.O.D. Morning, G.O.O.D. NightKanye West & Malik Yusef1.53
2010My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKanye West4.2517
2011Watch the ThroneJay‐Z & Kanye West3.48
2013YeezusKanye West3.758
2016The Life of PabloKanye West4.15
2018yeKanye West3.27
2019Jesus Is KingKanye West3.056
2021DondaKanye West415
2022Donda 2Kanye West58

Album + Compilation

2005The College Dropout Video AnthologyKanye West4.51

Album + Live

2006Late OrchestrationKanye West4.53
2010VH1 StorytellersKanye West53

Album + Mixtape/Street

2007Can't Tell Me Nothing: The Official MixtapeKanye West1
2008Sky High: Presented by DJ Benzi and Plain PatKanye West2


2004Through the WireKanye West5
2004All Falls DownKanye West6
2004Jesus WalksKanye West2
2004The New Workout PlanKanye West1
2005Diamonds From Sierra LeoneKanye West3
2005Gold DiggerKanye West feat. Jamie Foxx3
2005Heard ’Em SayKanye West featuring Adam Levine of Maroon 55
2006Touch the SkyKanye West3
2006ImpossibleKanye West featuring Twista, Keyshia Cole and BJ2
2006ExtravaganzaJamie Foxx feat. Kanye West1
2006Number OnePharrell feat. Kanye West4
2007I still love H.E.R.TERIYAKI BOYZ feat. Kanye West2
2007Can't Tell Me NothingKanye West1
2007StrongerKanye West3.57
2007Good LifeKanye West2
2007Pro NailsKid Sister feat. Kanye West4
2007Flashing LightsKanye West1
2007American BoyEstelle feat. Kanye West11
2008Finer ThingsDJ Felli Fel feat. Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous & Ne‐Yo1
2008HomecomingKanye West feat. Chris Martin1
2008Put OnYoung Jeezy feat. Kanye West2
2008PlasticReally Doe feat. Kanye West1
2008Love LockdownKanye West3
2008HeartlessKanye West1
2008AmazingKanye West feat. Young Jeezy1
2008EverybodyBentley feat. Kanye West & André 30001
2009Knock You DownKeri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne‐Yo4
2009ParanoidKanye West1
2009GiftedN.A.S.A. feat. Kanye West, Santigold & Lykke Li2
2009Make Her SayKid Cudi feat. Kanye West & Common3
2009SupernovaMr Hudson feat. Kanye West1
2009ForeverDrake ft. Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem52
2010PowerKanye West2
2010MonsterKanye West feat. Jay‐Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj1
2010Devil in a New DressKanye West1
2010Good FridayKanye West feat. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson1
2010Lord Lord LordKanye West feat. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson1
2010So AppalledKanye West, RZA, Jay‐Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & Cyhi the Prynce1
2010Christian Dior Denim FlowKanye West feat. Kid Cudi, Pusha T, John Legend, Lloyd Banks & Ryan Leslie1
2010RunawayKanye West feat. Pusha T1
2010Take One for the TeamKanye West feat. Keri Hilson, Pusha T & CyHi da Prynce1
2010Don't Look DownKanye West feat. Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco & Big Sean31
2010The JoyKanye West feat. Pete Rock, Jay‐Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi1
2010Looking for TroubleKanye West feat. Pusha T, CyHi da Prynce, Big Sean & J. Cole41
2010Chain HeavyKanye West feat. Talib Kweli & Consequence1
2010Hurricane 2.0Thirty Seconds to Mars feat. Kanye West42
2010Christmas in HarlemKanye West, Cyhi da Prynce & Teyana Taylor1
2011H•A•MKanye West & Jay‐Z1
2011All of the LightsKanye West feat. Rihanna2.52
2011OtisJay‐Z & Kanye West1
2011Marvin & ChardonnayBig Sean feat. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash1
2011Niggas in ParisJay‐Z & Kanye West2
2012MercyKanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz1
2012ColdKanye West feat. DJ Khaled1
2012I Wish You WouldDJ Khaled feat. Kanye West & Rick Ross51
2012New God FlowPusha T & Kanye West1
2012Birthday Song2 Chainz feat. Kanye West1
2012CliqueKanye West, Jay‐Z & Big Sean1
2012Rollin'The Game feat. Kanye West, Trae, Z‐Ro, Paul Wall & Slim Thug1
2013Thank YouBusta Rhymes feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Q‐Tip1
2014Only OneKanye West featuring Paul McCartney1
2015FourFiveSecondsRihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney3.54
2015All DayKanye West feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney51
2015U MadVic Mensa feat. Kanye West1
2016FactsKanye West1
2016Real FriendsKanye West1
2016No More Parties In L.A.Kanye West1
2016Ultralight PrayerKanye West1
2016Saint PabloKanye West1
2016FamousKanye West1
2016Pop StyleDrake feat. Kanye West & JAY Z4.51
2016THat PartScHoolboy Q feat. Kanye West2
2016ChampionsKanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo & Desiigner1
2016FriendsFrancis and the Lights feat. Bon Iver & Kanye West2
2017Feel MeTyga feat. Kanye West1
2017Love YourselfMary J. Blige feat. Kanye West1
2018Ye vs. The PeopleKanye West (Starring TI as The People)2
2018Lift YourselfKanye West2
2018WatchTravis Scott feat. Lil Uzi Vert & Kanye West2
2018XTCYKanye West2
2018I Love ItKanye West & Lil Pump4
2020Wash Us in the BloodKanye West feat. Travis Scott54

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