Kanye West: Biography and music career

Published At: 08 April 2020 , 05:43 PM


Kanye West is a world-famous rapper and producer, as well as a designer, director, entrepreneur. His musical work greatly influenced the current state of hip-hop culture, mainly in terms of sound and the overall approach to music.

He began to rap back in 1996, starting with producing other people's releases. In parallel, he joined the group Go-Getters, releasing one album with them in 1999. 

In subsequent years, he made tracks for such artists as Nas, Jermaine Dupri, Foxy Brown, Goodie Mob.

 In 2000, he was spotted on the Roc-A-Fella label and produced part of the Jay-Z classic album "The Blueprint". In 2002, he released his debut mixtape "Get Well Soon", as well as the teip "I'm Good" in 2003. These releases fueled public interest, and already in 2004 the debut album "The College Dropout" was released, which instantly became a classic. Subsequent albums "Late Registration" and "Graduation" also became extremely successful, and Kanye turned into an icon for lovers of alternative hip-hop.

In 2008, he released his fourth studio album, "808's & Heartbreak," with a sharp bias in electro-pop and R&B. The experiment turned out to be successful, but in 2010 Kanye returned to the classical style by releasing the album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy", considered by many to be his best release. In 2011, West, together with Jay Z, released a joint album, "Watch The Throne," and in 2012, a compilation of GOOD Music Records. In 2013, after long work, an extremely controversial, but still successful, sixth solo album entitled "Yeezus" was released. In 2016, Kanye released the album "The Life of Pablo", which became the first meta-album in the history of the genre, and the tracklist of the Kanye album changed all year as the demo versions were finalized.


The album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" became the best album of 2010 according to The Telegraph, NOW, Billboard, Paste, Rolling Stones, Spin, Vibe, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, Slant, Spinner, Stereogum, The AV Club;

Winner of 124 awards from 387 nominations. Including 18 awards from BET, 21 from Grammys, 13 from BMI;

In the 5th episode (1305) of the 13th season of the series "South Park", the famous American rapper Kanye West commented on his parody in this series as follows: "South Park just killed me last night, I laughed for a long time. Of course, a parody of me touched my feelings, but what else could you expect from South Park' a ?! He slightly hurt my pride. Having a high conceit, I use it for the benefit of my career, otherwise no one would believe in me. Now that people believe me and support my music, I can admit it to you;

Each album sold at least one "platinum" edition;

He started writing poetry at the age of five. In the third grade he began to rap, and in the seventh - to make music;

The Rolling Stones included the albums "The College Dropout", "Late Registration", "MBDTF" in the list of "500 best albums in history";

It turns out that for many years Kanye did without a mobile phone, but he had to buy it when he started dating Kim Kardashian;

West's father is a former Black Panther activist, later a lawyer. Mother is a professor of English. She also took care of management for her son until her death in 2007;

Kanye is a simple and real person, as evidenced by an impromptu concert on a Delta Airlines plane that made a Minneapolis-New York flight. For thirty minutes, the entertainer entertained the passengers of the plane with a freestyle to their hits "Gold Digger" and "The Good Life". After that, he signed autographs for everyone;