Kanye West at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Kanye West in 2009
Born Kanye Omari West
June 8, 1977 (age 40)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Residence Hidden Hills, California, U.S.
Yeezy Ye Yeezus Pablo Mr. West
Rapper singer songwriter record producer fashion designer entrepreneur
Years active 1996–present
Home town Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Net worth US$145 million (2018)
Spouse(s) Kim Kardashian (m. 2014)
GOOD Roc-A-Fella Def Jam
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Kanye Omari West (/ˈkɑːnjeɪ/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, entrepreneur and fashion designer. Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West briefly attended art school before becoming known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing and co-producing hit singles for artists such as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success, and founded the record label GOOD Music. He went on to pursue a variety of styles on subsequent albums Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and 808s & Heartbreak (2008). In 2010, he released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to rave reviews from critics, and the following year he released the collaborative album Watch the Throne with Jay-Z. West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh 'unfinished playlist' album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016.
West's outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant mainstream attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, and in other public settings, as well as his comments on the music and fashion industries, U.S. politics, and race. As a fashion designer, he has collaborated with Nike, Louis Vuitton, and A.P.C. on both clothing and footwear, and have most prominently resulted in the YEEZY collaboration with Adidas beginning in 2013. He is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. Kanye West suffered from backlash from saying that slavery for blacks seemed like a choice.