- Full Name: Kanye Omari West
- Date of Birth: June 8, 1977
- Place of Birth: Atalanta, Georgia
- Occupation: Rapper-Singer
- Marital Status: Married to Kim Kardashian
Kanye West’s Net Worth History
Kanye West is known for being one of the best-selling artists of all time, he is, in fact, said to be one of the best rappers this world has ever seen. However, he is much more than a rapper. Kanye first began his career making beats and soon climbed his way up to the top making hits. He is considered to be one of the lucky few that gained popularity within just a few years into the music industry. Kanye produced tracks for a fellow rapper, Shawn Corey Carter, better known by his stage name, Jay-Z, in 2001. He then released his first album titled The College Dropout in 2004 which is considered one of the best rap albums to this day. Matter of fact, the album was so successful that it won him a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. Luckily for West, his fame was not a 15 minute one. His album got a spot on a 200 US Billboard chart, landing at number 2 and sold 441,000 within its first week! People favored him and devoured his music as he stood out from other rappers with his lively personality and unique sense of fashion. Speaking of Fashion, Kanye West is a fashion designer himself. In 2009 he designed a luxurious shoe line for the one and only, Louis Vuitton, and is one of the most influential fashion icons in the globe as his own shoes called ‘Yeezy’ were a major hit. It doesn’t stop there, though. Kanye West is more than a rapper, a singer, and a fashion designer; he is a film producer, music producer, screenwriter, music video director, entrepreneur, and even actor! He owns some of the most luxurious homes all over the world. He also won a total of 21 Grammys and is one of the most awarded artists we have ever seen. He runs his own record label, GOOD Music. He even directed a few short movies. As his career was taking off, he took advantage of the opportunities he had and used his creativity to become more than just a rapper.
Kanye Omari West, born in Atlanta, Georgia, but raised in Chicago. He first became known as a record producer; he worked for Jay-Z’s acclaimed album The Blueprint. But before he worked with Jay-Z, he was trying to make a name for himself on his own. After he dropped out of college in order to pursue his music career, he was working on The College Dropout, which was recorded over a time span of four years, starting in 1999. The production of the project would be paused due to producers not believing in Kanye’s rapping skills. Although Kanye has been rapping since he was in the third grade, growing up surrounded by the hip-hop scenery. West received recognition for his job well done on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, but record executives remained unconvinced of his rapping skills. He was signed to Roc-A-Fella in 2002, finally finishing The College Dropout in 2004. To many critics surprise, The College Dropout was a hit! It was the album of the year. He certainly proved record executives wrong when his album won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album of the Year and sold over 4 million copies worldwide. That is merely the start of it.
The College Dropout was followed by Late Registration (2005) and Graduation (2007). He sang and rapped 808’s & Heartbreak (2008) and blew people away with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010). West then got himself the title of best-selling artist of all time with his sixth and controversial album Yeezus (2013).
Kanye is praised for his musical ability but not for his outspoken personality. He is constantly the topic of controversy and has made many enemies and undergoes hate day in and day out for the offensive things he says. He has had his fair share of tantrums at Award shows and altercations with paparazzi. At the 2007 MTV Awards, he lost all five nominations and he was very upset. He said he would never come back or contribute with MTV again. And then in 2009, he interrupted Taylor Swift on stage as she was accepting the award for Best Female Video, proclaiming that Taylor did not deserve it and Beyonce’s Video “Single Ladies” did. He nearly pulled the same act at the 2015 Grammy Awards with Bec, who had won Album of the Year, West walked on stage and then walked off; everyone thought he was joking. But he wasn’t. He said in an interview that “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyonce.” He later apologized to Beck.
As can be seen, Kanye West is a very opinionated man, but he is not one of those artists who only speak out when it benefits them. West constantly tackles social issues such as racism and homophobia. He has torn up the stereotypical image of your average rapper and made one of his own.
Making music was just not enough for West, so he took up fashion. His first ever fashion line was meant to be released in Spring 2006, but for an unknown reason, the line was cancelled in 2009 after four years of tweaking. Later in 2009, Kanye teamed up with Nike and released his own shoe, the Air Yeezys. Then in 2011, he premiered his first fashion show for women’s fashion label at Paris Fashion Week, but he failed. He received a lot of negative feedback, but he made a comeback in 2012 with a second line which was, according to many critics, “much improved”. After contributing with Adidas in 2013, west finally released his Adidas Yeezy Boosts which sold out within 10 minutes. And now, he is seen as one of the most influential fashion icons.
As for his love life, Kanye has had a handful of girlfriends. The only two that matter though are Amber Rose, who inspired My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Kim Kardashian, whom he had a child and settled down with. Kanye married Kim Kardashian on May 24, 2014, after having their first child, North West (born June 15, 2013) who is undeniably cute. The power couple is actually expecting another child soon.
And as of today, fans are waiting for Kanye to drop a much-anticipated album.
Kanye continues to face many obstacles, but there is no denying the contribution he has to hip-hop and rap, and the role he plays in the music industry. Critics would say otherwise, but the truth is, Kanye West is a living legend.