About Kanye West
Kanye West needs little introduction. The 21-time GRAMMY-award-winning Chicago native is arguably the most visible and influential artist to ever step foot in the rap game, to the point that a textbook on his cultural impact is in the works. He got his musical start in the early 90s, forming the rap trio GO GETTERS with fellow Chi-Town natives GLC and Really Doe.
Throughout his prolific 17-year career, he’s collaborated with the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, Twista, RZA, The Game, Lil Wayne, Talib Kweli, T-Pain, Alicia Keys, Chief Keef, R. Kelly, Clipse, Jamie Foxx, Brandy, Kid Cudi, Fall Out Boy, Pharrell, Pusha T, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Chris Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Sister, T.I., Common, Nicki Minaj, La Roux, Bon Iver, Rick Ross, Rihanna, John Legend, Daft Punk, Nas, Usher, Janet Jackson and countless others.
After the release of his latest album Yeezus in June 2013, he proclaimed himself a "Christian visionary revolutionary" and embarked on the Yeezus Tour, which was arguably the most elaborate rap show of all time, complete with snowfall, a faux mountaintop, a chorus of naked angels and an appearance from "White Jesus" himself. He’s currently working on a new album for 2014, collaborating with Adidas on a new sneaker line and generally aspiring to change the world through design. Oh yeah, he’s also Kim Kardashian’s baby daddy.
- Kanye was mentored by veteran producer and current Def Jam Vice President No I.D. as a teen. Their mothers, who taught together in Chicago, made the connection.
- Although a Chicago representative through and through, Ye was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
- He didn’t write down the lyrics for his first four albums, going "from the head straight to the booth", as he revealed in Ice-T’s Art Of Rap documentary.
- After his infamous VMA stage-rush in 2009, Mos Def told him he couldn’t “make it in America” at that point. Taking Mos’ advice, ‘Ye escaped to Japan and Rome before returning to Hawaii to record My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
- He attended Oak Lawn, Illinois' Polaris High School.
- Kanye's mother, Donda Williams, managed him until her untimely demise in 2007.
- West made his first instrumental in the seventh grade, for a video game he attempted to create himself. "The main character was, like, a giant penis," he told Details magazine. "It was like Mario Brothers, but the ghosts were, like, vaginas."
- His debut single "Through The Wire", which contains a pitch-shifted sample of Chaka Khan’s vocals from "Through The Fire", was close to being shelved due to sample clearance issues. Fortunately, 'Ye networked with Chaka’s son at a barbecue and got it
- Ye's father is Ray West, one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a former Black Panther.
- When he was ten, Kanye spent time in Nanjing, China with his mother, who contributed to an exchange program at Nanjing University.
Top SongsALL SONGS
- Clique [Full Version] Kanye West Feat. Big Sean & Jay Z1M Views542 Comments
- Mercy (CDQ) [NO DJ] Kanye West Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz1M Views201 Comments
- Blessings Big Sean Feat. Drake & Kanye West918K Views857 Comments
- I Don’t Like (Remix) Chief Keef Feat. Kanye West, Pusha T, Jadakiss & Big Sean813K Views219 Comments
- Birthday Song [Dirty] 2 Chainz Feat. Kanye West791K Views257 Comments
- I Don't Fuck With You Big Sean Feat. E-40786K Views279 Comments
Recent VideosALL VIDEOS
- Kanye West & Jay-Z "Niggas In Paris (Official Video)" Video103,830 Views26 Comments
- 2 Chainz Feat. Kanye West "Birthday Song" Video75,592 Views54 Comments
- Kanye West Feat. Kim Kardashian "Bound 2" Video74,636 Views130 Comments
- Beyonce Feat. Kanye West & Jay Z "Drunk In Love (Remix)" Video Trailer66,000 Views14 Comments
- Chief Keef Previews Kanye West Collaboration, "Nobody"64,813 Views69 Comments
- Late Registration2005
- The College Dropout2004
- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy2010
- 808s & Heartbreak2008
Top MixtapesALL MIXTAPES
- 2001 Demo Tape (Unreleased)Kanye West214K Views 44K Downloads 96 Comments
- Best In The WorldJon Connor78K Views 16K Downloads 96 Comments
- G.O.O.D. Ass MixtapePerajok38K Views 14K Downloads 11 Comments