Kanye West is a controversial American rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer. Kanye West has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his generation.
- Nationality: Atalanta, Georgia United States of American
- Date of Birth: June 8, 1977
- Occupation: Rapper/Entrepreneur
- Net Worth: $160 Million
Kanye West Biography
Kanye Omari West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. His father (Ray West) was was a photojournalist for the Atlanta Journal newspaper and also politically active in the Black Panthers movement, while his mother (Dr.Donda C West) was a Professor of English at Chicago State University. See Also: Chris Brown Net Worth ($100 Million) and Biography.
His parent divorced when he was just three years old. Kanye lived with his mother and also spend summers time with his father.
Kanye attended Chicago’s The American Academy of Art for a year on a scholarship and then transferred to Chicago State University to pursue a degree in English. He dropped out of school to pursue a career in music when he was 20 years old.
Kanye West started dating designer Alexis Phifer in August 2006. However, the engagement ended in 2008. He dated model Amber Rose from 2008 through 2010.
In April 2012, West began dating reality TV star, Kim Kardashian. They became engaged in October 2013 and married in May 2014 in Florence, Italy. The couple has three children, two daughters North and Chicago, and one son Saint.
Kanye West Career Path
Kanye first step in music industry was when he formed a rap group called Go-Getters. In 1999 the group their only studio album tilted “World Record Holder”.
His big breakthrough came in 2000, when he began production work for Jay-Z’s label Roc-a-Fella Records. Kanye West composed five songs on Jay-Z album “The Blueprint” and also produced recordings for other artists including Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, and Ludacris.
Despite his initial success in musical production, Kanye’s true passion was rapping, but struggled to obtain a record deal simply because he didn’t fit the typical ‘street guy’ image. In 2002, Damon Dash, the then CEO of Roc-A-Fella signed him to the Record label.
In February 2004, Kanye West finally dropped his much anticipated album “The College Dropout”. The album soared to #2 on the U.S. charts featuring the hit singles “Slow Jamz” and “Jesus Walks,” the album sold more than three million copies and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album while earning a nomination for Album of the Year.
Kanye second album ‘Late Registration’ was released on August 30, 2005. It sold 2.3 million copies in United States alone that same year.
In 2007, West released his third studio album “Graduation”. The album secured number one position at the US Billboard 200 and sold about 957,000 copies in its very first week.
Kanye West released his fourth studio album “808s & Heartbreak”(2008). The album topped the Billboard charts and sold 450,000 copies during its first few weeks. In 2010, West’s fifth studio album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ was released topping the Billboard charts in its first few weeks itself. It included hits like ‘All of the Lights’, ‘Power’, ‘Monster’, ‘Runaway’.
In 2013, West came out with his sixth album ‘Yeezus’. Kanye has gone on to release “The Life of Pablo”(2016), “Ye”(2018) and his upcoming album Yandhi”.
Kanye West Business Ventures
Shortly after releasing his debut album, “The College Dropout”, West founded the record label and production company GOOD Music in 2004, in conjunction with Sony BMG. John Legend, Common, and West were the label’s inaugural artists. The label houses artists including West, Big Sean, Pusha T. See Also: Beyonce Net Worth ($400 million) and Biography.
The rapper launched his first Yeezy collection in 2015 which now includes trainers, clothing for men and women, bags and hats, he also has a children’s clothing line with wife Kim called The Kids Supply. He sold $500,000 worth of merchandise in just 30 minutes.
He owns a number of Fatburger chains in Chicago and has collaborated with brands like Adidas and with Nike for his Air Yeezys after previously working with Nike and Luis Vuitton. Kanye West is also a co owner Tidal, a subscription-based music streaming service along side Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.
During a live national television, Kanye West criticized the federal government’s response to the Hurricane Katrina victims in September 2005. He said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Kanye West controversially interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Awards, saying, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time”. See Also: 50 Cent Net Worth ($200 Million) and Biography.
Barack Obama, called Kanye West a “jackass” after the Taylor Swift incident in 2009.
Kanye West Net Worth
According to The Recording Industry Association of America, Kanye’s made $62 million in digital singles. He’s one of the top earning musicians in this category, coming in at number seven with Drake, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Eminem, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna beating him out. He’s also sold $13 million in albums, sold out concerts, royalties from streaming companies and live show appearance. Kanye West is estimated to worth $160 million and with a projection to grow his net worth by 25% in the next five years.