Kanye Omari West is a Grammy award winning rapper, producer, author, designer and singer.
He began making beats and rapping in the early 90s in Chicago when he formed the rap group Go Getters with Chicago natives GLC and Really Doe. He later gained nationwide popularity in New York when he began producing tracks for artists such as Jay-Z, Twista, Mase, Talib Kweli and Alicia Keys.
In 2004, after being pushed aside by many record companies who felt he wasn't a marketable hip hop artist, he managed to release his debut solo album, The College Dropout on Roc-a-Fella Records. The album received critical acclaim, defining the style for which West would become known: "wordplay" and heavy sampling of 70s soul and rnb tracks. He is also known for his politically-charged rhymes and controversial behavior both inside and outside the realms of music.
He has since released five more albums, all of which have received numerous awards, high commercial success and critical acclaim. Late Registration; Graduation; 808s & Heartbreak; My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; Watch the Throne (alongside Jay -Z); and latest masterpiece Yeezus.