Kanye West


Kanye West at The NBA All-Star Game

Kanye West has come to re-define hip-hop in what is still a relatively short space of time thanks to songs like 'Jesus Walks' and 'Monster'. Today Kanye is more than just a rapper, he's also entrepreneur with interests in fashion and business.

When was Kanye West born?

  • He was born on 8th June 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia.

What is Kanye West's real name?

  • Kanye's full name is Kanye Omari West.

When did he start his career?

  • After being based in Chicago, Kanye moved around frequently as a child, including spending a year in China aged 11.
  • He showed an interest in the arts as a child, studying and writing poetry and, making music.
  • He began making music in his teens after forming a friendship with producer No. I.D.

What are Kanye's career highlights?

  • In the mid-1990s, Kanye took a back room position initially as a producer, and worked with a host of stars, including Jay Z on 'The Blueprint'.
  • Convinced that his destiny was to rap, Kanye's first taste of success followed a near-fatal car crash which left him with a shattered jaw. The injury inspired the song 'Through The Wire', which eventually appeared on his debut album 'The College Dropout'.
  • Kanye released his second album 'Late Registration' in 2005 and third 'Graduation' two years later.
  • Following the sudden death of his mother in 2007, Kanye's music took a more sombre turn on his fourth album '808s & Heartbreak', which saw him experiment with auto-tune.
  • In addition to the solo albums 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' and 'Yeezus', Kanye also released the joint album 'Watch The Throne' with Jay-Z in 2011.
  • Kanye has unveiled several fashion lines at Paris Fashion Week.
  • He has won 21 Grammy Awards and multiple MTV honours.

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