Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. West is among the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, with his music having spanned a broad range of styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including hip hop, soul, baroque pop, electro, indie rock, synth-pop, industrial, and gospel. Outside of his music career, West's success in the fashion industry has led to him being recognized as one of the most influential pop culture figures of his generation.
Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West was first known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing singles for several mainstream artists. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to critical and commercial success, and founded the record label GOOD Music. He experimented with a variety of musical genres on subsequent acclaimed studio albums, including Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and the polarizing but influential 808s & Heartbreak (2008). His fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) was hailed by several critics as the best album of the decade. He has since succeeded the album with Yeezus (2013), The Life of Pablo (2016), Ye (2018), and Jesus Is King (2019), as well as the full-length collaborations Watch the Throne (2011) and Kids See Ghosts (2018) with Jay-Z and Kid Cudi, respectively.
West is one of the world's best-selling music artists with over 100 million records sold worldwide. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time. Among West's other awards include the Chicago Chapter's Recording Academy Honor, the Billboard Artist Achievement Award, a joint-record three Brit Awards for Best International Male Solo Artist and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone's 2012 update of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, and he is the tied-holder for the most albums topping the annual Pazz & Jop critic poll with four. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.
Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1
Jesus Is King II (Expected Release: TBA)
KIDS SEE GHOSTS (W/ Kid Cudi) (2018)
808's & Heartbreaks (2008)
The College Dropout (2004)
Jesus Is Born (Sunday Service) (2019)
Watch The Throne (W/ JAY-Z) (2011)
Jesus Is King (2019)
The Life of Pablo (2016)
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
Late Registration (2005)
Can't Tell Me Nothing (2007)
Get Well Soon... (2002)
Welcome To Knaye's Soul Mix Show (2006)
The Prerequisite (2001)
I'm Good... (2003)