Biography

Kanye Omari West was born in an upper middle class family in Atlanta, Georgia. With both of his parents he lived only for three years, because they divorced and mother took Kanye with her to Chicago, Illinois. Kanye got a good education (Polaris High School, The American Academy of Art), but finally dropped his study in the Chicago University to devote himself fully to the musical career. Later West also became well-known for producing other rap and R&B singers' hits, including The Game, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and Eminem. Inspired by the music of Wu-Tang Clan, Dr.Dre and Jay-Z, Kanye worked out his own style - he took vocal samples from different songs (usually soul ones) and added them to his own drums and other instruments. Using heavily the music of his idols, the rapper started promoting his songs to different recording companies since 2001, but they refused him saying they did not like his unusual image.

On October 23, 2002, Kanye West got into a car accident after falling asleep while driving. Every cloud has a silver lining, and this crash inspired him for writing the first sinlge, Through The Wire, with a strong faith motive. It entered the debut album College Dropout that saw light in 2004. It was highly apprased by critics for good sampling and whitty wordplay in lyrics. Rap-singer also chose for his symbol a cute teddy bear that can be seen on all his albums and singles. In August 2005 West released his second disc, Late Registration. It got the most favorable critical acclaims and brought Kanye the Grammy award after releasing such brilliant rap anthems as Diamonds From Sierra Leone (which features wonderful vocals of Shirley Bassey's from Diamonds Are Forever) and Gold Digger (featuring Jamie Foxx). Though soon after this event the artist said he was going to launch his own clothes line, the condition of this project is unsettled till now. In January 2006 West shocked the audience appearing on the Rolling Stone cover in the image of Jesus. Though after College Dropout ovewhealming success the singer was never afraid to take brave decisions.

He wanted to get the Grammy for The Best Album Of The Year in 2006, but having 8 Grammies in the pocket, did not win the nomination (the prize went to U2). It was the beginning of the unlucky period in West's musical aсtivity, but happy personal life compensated it - Kanye announced the engagement to his girlfriend Alexis. In November of the same year West was again involved into a scandal. At the MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony his video lost the competition and West went into the scene saying aloud that it was him who should have got the award. He later apologized for this statement. In the beginning of 2007 it was known that Kanye worked on his new creation, called Graduation, and the third studio record would be availiable to listeners in September of this year. In July the artist officially transmitted the release date from September 18 to September 11 - the presentation date of 50 Cent's new edition Curtis. That meant that the albums would compete in sales and popularity. 50 Cent even proclaimed that if his disc lost he would have finished his musical career. Though sensibility won and the rival refused from these words. The first sinlge from Graduation, Stronger, recorded with the electronica giants Daft Punk, showed that Kanye West has serious chances for the win. As soon as a year later, West presented his new studio effort that received the title 808’s & Heartbreak. This record appeared the most personal in the artist’s entire discography. He executed this album in his established and easy recognizable manner. Release of West’s fifth long play entitled My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy took place in 2010. The traditionally strong work was really enjoyed by the fans, while the musical experts noted not only high-quality arrangements, but also interesting lyrics, connected with the artist’s various concerns.

Studio Albums

Kanye West, The Life of Pablo mp3The Life of Pablo
2016
  • Experimental Hip Hop
  • Contemporary R&B
Kanye West, Yeezus mp3Yeezus
2013
  • Hardcore Hip Hop
  • Pop Rap
Kanye West, G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer mp3G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer
Kanye West's new release G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer is one more collection he recorded together with a lot of popular hip hop performers. As usual, it is hit-loaded, high-class and breath-stealing
2012
  • Hardcore Hip Hop
  • Pop Rap
Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy mp3My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West's fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy –is not only Kanye West's views on world, but also the exploration of his own consciousness' depths surprising with the richness of various images
2010
  • Hip Hop
  • Pop Rap
Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak mp3808s & Heartbreak
Kanye West's fourth work 808's & Heartbreak proves to be his most emotional and sincere album offering melodious and soulful compositions and, as is clear from the record title, of the broken heart topic
2008
  • Contemporary R&B
  • Electropop
  • Pop
  • Pop Rap
  • Synth Pop
Kanye West, Graduation mp3Graduation
Kanye West, famous American МС and producer, deliberately released the third album Graduation the same day as 50 Cent brought to the light his Curtis. It means works will compete, and Graduation has all chances to win
2007
  • Conscious Hip Hop
  • Electropop
  • Hip Hop
  • Pop Rap
Kanye West, Late Registration mp3Late Registration
The rise of Kanye West has been as impossible to ignore as it has been meteoric. Late Registration, the sophomore release by young, hip-hop luminary contains even more of the stellar production, witty raps, and sample-centric pleasures fans heard on
2005
  • Conscious Hip Hop
  • Hip Hop
  • Neo-Soul
  • Pop Rap
Kanye West, The College Dropout mp3The College Dropout
2004
  • Conscious Hip Hop
  • Hip Hop
  • Pop Rap

Singles

Compilation albums

Kanye West, Eyes Closed mp3Eyes Closed
2011
  • Hip Hop
Kanye West, Freshmen Adjustment mp3Freshmen Adjustment
2005
  • East Coast Hip Hop
  • Hip Hop

Lives

Kanye West, VH1 Storytellers mp3VH1 Storytellers
2010
  • Contemporary R&B
  • Hip Hop
  • Pop Rap
  • Synth Pop
Kanye West, Late Orchestration mp3Late Orchestration
2006
  • East Coast Hip Hop
  • Electropop
  • Hardcore Hip Hop
  • Hip Hop
  • Pop
  • Pop Rap
  • Religious Hip Hop
  • Synth Pop