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Kanye West

West at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Personal information
Birth nameKanye Omari West
Also known asYeezy, 'Ye
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationProducer, rapper, musician, singer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, sampler, percussion, synthesizer
Years active1996 � present
LabelsGOOD Music, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Associated actsGo Getters, Child Rebel Soldier, Jay-Z, The Throne, Common, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Rihanna, Jeff Bhasker, Pusha T, Mos Def, Mr Hudson, Talib Kweli, Big Sean, A-Trak, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco

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Kanye Omari West (c-eniconˈkɑːnjeɪ; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, and record producer. 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. However, subsequent productions saw him broadening his musical palette and expressing influences encompassing '70s R&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, folk, alternative, electronica, synth-pop, and classical music.

West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008, and his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010. West released a collaborative album, Watch the Throne, with Jay-Z on August 8, 2011, which is the duo's first collaborative album. His five solo albums, all of which have gone platinum, have received numerous awards and critical acclaim. As of 2011, West has won a total of fourteen Grammy Awards. All albums have been very commercially successful, with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy becoming his fourth consecutive No.1 album in the U.S. upon release. West has had 5 songs exceed 3 million in digital sales as of July 2011, with "Gold Digger" selling 3,086,000, "Stronger" selling 4,402,000, "Heartless" selling 3,742,000, "E.T." selling over 4,000,000 and "Love Lockdown" selling over 3,000,000 placing him third in overall digital sales of the past decade. He has sold over 25 million digital songs in the United States placing him second for solo male artists on the list and sixth overall for best selling digital artists.

West also runs his own record label GOOD Music, home to artists such as John Legend, Common and Kid Cudi. West's mascot and trademark is "Dropout Bear," a teddy bear which has appeared on the covers of three of his five albums as well as various single covers and music videos. ranked Kanye West No.8 on their "Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers" list. On May 16, 2008, Kanye West was crowned by MTV as the year's No.1 "Hottest MC in the Game." On December 17, 2010, Kanye West was voted as the MTV Man of the Year by MTV. Billboard ranked Kanye West No. 3 on their list of Top 10 Producers of the decade. West has also been included in the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world as well as being listed in a number of Forbes annual lists.

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Music video by Kanye West performing Stronger. (C) 2007 Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC.
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Music video by Kanye West performing Heartless. (C) 2008 Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC.
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Check out the official "Run This Town" video! JAY Z! Rihanna! Kanye West! Roc Nation stand up! JAY Z "Open Letter": More episode...
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Music video by Drake performing Find Your Love. (C) 2010 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records.
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WATCH THE THRONE: Kanye West & Jay-Z - Otis © 2011 Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC.
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Music video by Kanye West performing Gold Digger. (C) 2005 Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC.
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Music video by Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem performing Forever. (C) 2009 Interscope Records.
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Kanye West

Studio albumsThe College Dropout * Late Registration * Graduation * 808s & Heartbreak * Good Ass Job
Live albumsLate Orchestration * VH1 Storytellers
DVDsThe College Dropout Video Anthology * Late Orchestration * Late Registration Video Anthology
ToursSchool Spirit Tour * Touch the Sky Tour * Glow in the Dark Tour
Related articlesDiscography * Production discography * Roc-A-Fella Records * Awards and nominations * GOOD Music * Child Rebel Soldier * Past Tell Clothing * We Were Once a Fairytale

Kanye West singles

The College Dropout"Through the Wire" * "All Falls Down" * "Jesus Walks" * "The New Workout Plan"
Late Registration"Diamonds from Sierra Leone" * "Gold Digger" * "Heard 'Em Say" * "Touch the Sky" * "Drive Slow"
Graduation"Can't Tell Me Nothing" * "Stronger" * "Good Life" * "Flashing Lights" * "Homecoming"
808s & Heartbreak"Love Lockdown" * "Heartless" * "Amazing" * "Paranoid"
Good Ass Job"Power"
Featured artist"Champions" * "Slow Jamz" * "This Way" * "Down & Out" * "Talk About Our Love" * "Hold On" * "The Food" * "Selfish" * "I Changed My Mind" * "The Corner" * "Go!" * "Number One" * "Brand New" * "Extravaganza" * "Grammy Family" * "Number One" * "Wouldn't Get Far" * "I Still Love H.E.R." * "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)" * "Pro Nails" * "Finer Things" * "American Boy" * "Put On" * "Everybody" * "Stay Up! (Viagra)" * "Swagga Like Us" * "Plastic" * "Go Hard" * "What It Is" * "The Big Screen" * "Knock You Down" * "Kinda Like a Big Deal" * "Walkin' on the Moon" * "Ego" * "Supernova" * "Maybach Music 2" * "Make Her Say" * "Run This Town" * "Forever" * "Whatever U Want" * "Teriyaking" * "We Are the World 25 for Haiti *
Other songs"Hey Mama" * "Us Placers" * "Champion" * "Big Brother" * "See You in My Nightmares" * "Welcome to Heartbreak"

Def Jam Recordings

FoundersRussell Simmons * Rick Rubin
Current artistsAce Hood * Amerie * Adrienne Bailon * Beanie Sigel * Big Sean * Blood Raw * Brutha * Chrisette Michele * Curren$y * Dalvin DeGrate * DJ Clue? * The-Dream * Electrik Red * Fabolous * Fast Life Yungstaz * Ghostface Killah * I-20 * Jadakiss * Jennifer Lopez * Jeremih * Juelz Santana * Kanye West * Karina * Lil Ru * Lil Scrappy * LL Cool J * Ludacris * Meth, Ghost & Rae * Method Man * Method Man & Redman * Nas * Ne-Yo * Patti LaBelle * Playaz Circle * Redman * Rick Ross * Rihanna * The Roots * Triple C's * Shawnna * Shyne * U.S.D.A * Unladylike * Willy Northpole * Young Jeezy
Former artists3rd Bass * Alyson Williams * Ashanti * Beastie Boys * B.G. Knocc Out * Bobby V * Boss * Cam'ron * Capone-N-Noreaga * Case * Chingy * Cormega * Cru * Davy D * Def Squad * The Diplomats * DJ Richie Rich * DMX * Domino * Downtown Science * The Dove Shack * Dresta * Dru Hill * EPMD * FAM-LAY * Flatlinerz * Foxy Brown * Funkmaster Flex * Flesh-n-Bone * Ja Rule * Jay-Z * Jayo Felony * Jonell * Keith Murray * Kelly Price * Lady Gaga * Lady Luck * Lloyd * LovHer * Megan Rochell * MoKenStef * Montell Jordan * Musiq Soulchild * Nikki D * N.O.R.E. * Nice & Smooth * Nicole Wray * Onyx * Oran "Juice" Jones * Peedi Peedi * Pete Nice * Playa * Public Enemy * Rell * Rev Run * Richie Rich * Scarface * Shareefa * Sisqó * Slayer * Slick Rick * South Central Cartel * Terminator X * Terri Walker * Vita * Warren G * WC * Y?N-Vee

Roc-A-Fella Records

ArtistsCurren$y * Jadakiss * Kanye West
Former ArtistsAllen Anthony * Amil * Aztek Escobar * Billy Gamble & Jackie O. * Bink * Beanie Sigel * Cam'ron * Casha * Christion * Damon Dash * Da Ranjahz * Denim * Diamond in Da Ruff * DJ Clue * Foxy Brown * Freeway * Grafh * Hector "El Father" * Juelz Santana * Just Blaze * Kareem "Biggs" Burke * Lil' Red * M.O.P. * Memphis Bleek * Neef Buck * Nicole Wray * N.O.R.E. * Ol' Dirty Bastard * Oschino & Sparks * Peedi Peedi * Rell * Rick Vocals * Samantha Ronson * Sauce Money * State Property * Teairra Marí * The Diplomats * Tru-Life * Uncle Murda * Young Chris * Young Gunz * Young Steff

GOOD Music

FounderKanye West
ArtistsBig Sean * Common * Consequence * Fonzworth Bentley * GLC * John Legend * Kid Cudi * Malik Yusef * Mr Hudson & The Library * Tony Williams

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