Kanye West

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Legal name: Ye

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Ye ( YAY; born Kanye Omari West; June 8, 1977), commonly known as Kanye West ( KAHN-yay), is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential hip hop musicians of all time, as well as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. 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 artists and developing the "chipmunk soul" sampling style. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, he released his debut studio album, The College Dropout (2004), to critical and commercial success and subsequently founded the record label GOOD Music.

West explored diverse musical elements such as orchestral arrangements, synthesizers, and autotune on the albums Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and 808s & Heartbreak (2008). Drawing inspiration from maximalism and minimalism respectively, his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) and sixth album Yeezus (2013) were also released to 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). After a series of delays, his highly anticipated tenth album Donda (2021) was released to continued commercial success, but to mixed critical reception. He released its sequel, Donda 2 (2022), a few months later, exclusively through his tie-in audio speaker service. West's discography also includes the full-length collaborative albums Watch the Throne (2011) with Jay-Z and Kids See Ghosts (2018) with Kid Cudi.

West's outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant media coverage. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct on social media, award shows, and public settings; as well as his comments on the music and fashion industries, U.S. politics, race, and slavery. His Christian faith, estranged marriage to Kim Kardashian, and mental health have also been sources of further media attention. As a fashion designer, he has collaborated with Nike, Louis Vuitton, The Gap, and A.P.C. on clothing and footwear, and leads the Yeezy collaboration with Adidas. He is also the founder and head of the creative content company Donda. In 2020, West launched an unsuccessful independent presidential campaign that primarily advocated for a consistent life ethic.

One of the world's best-selling music artists, with over 160 million records sold, West has won 24 Grammy Awards, the joint tenth-most of all time, and the joint-most Grammy awards of any rapper along with Jay-Z. He is frequently lauded as one of hip hop's greatest artists, with his music among the most acclaimed. 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, and has the 5th most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 (133 entries). Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015. Forbes estimates his net worth at $2 billion as of 2022, making him the wealthiest musician in the world.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2003The College DropoutKanye West4.417
2005Late RegistrationKanye West4.3517
2007GraduationKanye West3.8516
2008808s & HeartbreakKanye West3.458
2009G.O.O.D. Morning, G.O.O.D. NightKanye West & Malik Yusef1.53
2010My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKanye West4.516
2011Watch the ThroneJay‐Z & Kanye West3.47
2013YeezusKanye West47
2016The Life of PabloKanye West4.255
2018yeKanye West3.257
2019Jesus Is KingKanye West2.955
2021DondaKanye West3.7513
2022Donda 2Kanye West3

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2005The College Dropout Video AnthologyKanye West1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2006Late OrchestrationKanye West43
2010VH1 StorytellersKanye West3

Album + Mixtape/Street

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

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2004Through the WireKanye West3
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 West2
2007I still love H.E.R.TERIYAKI BOYZ feat. Kanye West2
2007Can't Tell Me NothingKanye West1
2007StrongerKanye West3.58
2007Good LifeKanye West1
2007Pro NailsKid Sister feat. Kanye West4
2007Flashing LightsKanye West1
2008Finer ThingsDJ Felli Fel feat. Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous & Ne‐Yo1
2008American BoyEstelle feat. Kanye West10
2008HomecomingKanye West feat. Chris Martin1
2008Put OnYoung Jeezy feat. Kanye West2
2008Love LockdownKanye West3
2008HeartlessKanye West1
2008AmazingKanye West feat. Young Jeezy1
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. Cole1
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 McCartney3.53
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 Z1
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 Scott4
2020Ego DeathTy Dolla $ign feat. Kanye West, FKA twigs & Skrillex2
2020Nah Nah NahKanye West1

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