Kanye Omari West is a popular American celebrity born in Atlanta, Georgia, the USA on June 8, 1977. He is a rapper, songwriter, fashion designer, record producer and entrepreneur. Kanye West had to shuttle between his father and mother houses after they divorced when he was just three. Most of his growing up years were spent in Chicago with his professor mother while he visited his father at summer. His father was a celebrated photographer who became a church counsellor.
Kanye West left the college in the early 2000s, after graduating from Polar High School, to give his musical career a full attention. Though he has produced tracks for Jay-Z and Alicia Keys before his first work, The College Dropout, the album was his real landing spot in fame. He also produced for Ludacris and Beyonce.
When Kanye eventually released his debut album, The College Dropout in 2004 the work went on to sell 2.6 million copies and won the Best Rap Album for the year. Since then, Kanye West has released a number of other works which have been hugely successful.
Some of the other works he’s produced are Late Registration, 2005; Graduation, 2007; 808s & Heartbreak, 2008; and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010. His sixth and seventh albums, Yeezus and The Life of Pablo were released in 2013 and 2016 respectively. He also collaborated with Jay Z sometimes in 2011 for the work, Watch the Throne.
In November 2007, Kanye West lost his mother to a complication arising from cosmetic surgery. In his first concert after the lost, he dedicated a performance, Hey Mama to his late mum.
Kanye got married to Kim Kardashian West in 2014, and they have two children.
In 2002, Kanye had a near fatal accident that left his chin with a major surgery. In October of the year, Kanye was reported to have fallen asleep on steering and consequently rammed into another car leaving him with a fractured jaw.
However, he’s managed to use the experience to drive major inspirations in his music. The single, Through the Wire in 2001 is particularly believed to have been inspired by the incidence.
Kanye was also reported to have had a couple of strains in his marriage with Kim. Many times, during the strained moments in his marriage, Kim Kardashian has been caught without her wedding ring prompting suggestions that their marriage was over. But they’ve managed to tug on.
Once, Kanye and Kim West reported robbed at a gunpoint in Paris. Later, Kanye had to be hospitalised for mental health issues. All these have made major marks on Kanye West as a celebrated rapper.
However, what you won’t take away from Kanye is that he’s a survivor. Like a cat with nine lives, he’s continued to come out strong after all the incidences.
Kanye West also made headlines in 2009 when he interrupted the presentation of an award for pop star, Taylor Swift for the Best Female Video. During the incidence, Kanye took the mic and ranted about the quality of video of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
Though the work was nominated along with Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” Kanye was unhappy that it eventually lost to Swift. However, his actions received a heavy criticism and had to personally contact Swift where he apologised for his action.
West has also had a couple of legal issues ranging from trademark infringement filed by Robert Knievel in 2006, felony Vandalism in 2008, assault on a journalist and a couple of other similar incidences.
est has continued to thrive in his music career despite all the incidences. He has not only risen to the top of his career as a solo artist but has also continued to produce brilliantly for others. Some of the artists he has worked with are Twista, Janet Jackson, Brandy and Common.
His music label, GOOD Music, GOOD for Getting Out Our Dreams, produced Get Lifted for John Legend in 2004 and Common’s Be in 2005. In 2005, Kanye won a whopping 10 Grammy nominations and also had Best Rap Album for his famous work: The College Dropout.
Jesus Walks also won Best Rap Song at the same time while he shared R&B songwriting Grammy for You Don’t Know with Harold Lily and Ailcia Keys.
His musical successes continued with the hit albums, Late Registrations and Graduation released in 2005 and 2007 respectively. Also, Diamonds from Sierra Leone, Late Registration, and Good Life (from Graduation) all gave him the Best Rap Song Grammys.
He also had the Best Rap Solo Performance for his hit, Gold Digger from Late Registration in 2005. Common which was done in collaboration with Southside also landed him Best Rap Performance by a Duo in 2007.
In 2010, Kanye collaborated with Nicki Minaj and Kid Cudi for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The work ended up at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. He continued to thrive as his album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in 2011.
After his hugely successful album, Yeezus in 2013, West released Only One in 2014 where he featured Paul McCartney in a tribute to daughter, North. This was followed by Fourfiveseconds in 2015 while his seventh studio album the Life of Pablo came out in 2016. The work also debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.
Apart from music, West has also made impacts in fashion. His shoes line, Louis Vuitton came out in 2009. He created DONDA, a creative outfit in his mother’s name in 2012. Yeezy Boots and Season both came out in 2015. He was also announced as a co-owner of Tidal the same year.
Kanye West, like his celebrity wife – Kim Kardashian, is very active on the social media. He’s followed by millions of fans on his media platforms which include a Twitter page, a Facebook, and a host of social media platforms.
And, fortunately, we track down Kanye West on Snapchat. He’s definitely not as famous as his wife on Snapchat but he’s sure making waves on Kanye West’s Snap @themrwest
What is Kanye West’s Snapchat Name?
Kanye West’s snapchat username is themrwest.