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Kanye West

Rapper + Record Producer
Born Jun 8, 1977

Kanye Omari West is an American musician, film director and fashion designer. West first rose to fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, where he eventually achieved recognition for his work on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint, as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally used pitched-up vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments.… Read More

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1977 Birth Kanye Omari West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. … Read More


1996 19 Years Old …  His first official production credits came at the age of nineteen when he produced eight tracks on Down to Earth, the 1996 debut album of a Chicago rapper named Grav. For a time, West acted as a ghost producer for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie. … Read More


2000 - 2001 2 More Events
…  After being signed to Roc-A-Fella in 2002, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim. … Read More
2003 - 2004 3 More Events
2005 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2005, NBC broadcast A Concert for Hurricane Relief, and West was a featured speaker. … Read More
West raised further controversy in January 2006 when he posed on the cover of Rolling Stone wearing a crown of thorns. … Read More


Upon their September 2007 releases, Graduation outsold Curtis by a large margin, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and selling 957,000 copies in its first week. … Read More
The events profoundly affected West, who set off for his 2008 Glow in the Dark Tour shortly thereafter. … Read More
2009 32 Years Old 1 More Event
West's controversial incident the following year at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards was arguably his biggest controversy, and led to widespread outrage throughout the music industry. … Read More
…  In September 2010, West wrote a series of apologetic tweets addressed to Swift including "Beyonce didn't need that. … Read More
2011 34 Years Old Following a headlining set at Coachella 2011 that was described by The Hollywood Reporter as "one of greatest hip-hop sets of all time", West released the collaborative album Watch the Throne with Jay-Z. … Read More
In 2012, West released the compilation album Cruel Summer, a collection of tracks by artists from West's record label GOOD Music. … Read More
Sessions for West's sixth solo effort begin to take shape in early 2013 in his own personal loft's living room at a Paris hotel. … Read More
2014 37 Years Old In April 2014, he appeared in Future's single titled West released a single, "Only One", featuring Paul McCartney, on December 31, 2014. … Read More
…  Leading up to the announced West X Adidas fashion show, video updates appeared on the website with a countdown to February 12, 2015. … Read More
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