Kanye Omari West (born June 8th, 1977), known professionally as Kanye West, is an American rapper, singer, record producer, businessman, politician and fashion designer.
Why He and His Music Rock
- He has great lyrics such as in "Jesus Walks" and "POWER".
- He talks about many different themes including slavery to material goods ("New Slaves"), celebrity worship ("POWER"), religion ("Jesus Walks"), consumerism ("All Falls Down") and many more.
- He has some epic songs like "Runaway" which is 9 minutes long and has a section that is just instrumental and manages to keep the listener engaged the whole song. He also made a 30-minute music video for it.
- His albums are always well crafted, so much so that he is one of the few artists that most people can't agree on what his best project is due to how different each project is.
- His sampling is amazing such as in "Bound 2", "Stronger" and "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1".
- He helped many smaller artists in the music industry become more well known such as Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, Drake, Big Sean, Chief Keef and, most recently, YNW Melly.
- He has a record label (G.O.O.D. Music) full of talented artists such as Pusha T, Travis Scott, CyHi the Prynce and Big Sean.
- Many great artists and musicians like the late Michael Jackson, the late Prince, Elton John, Paul McCartney, the late Lou Reed, the late Greg Lake and Nick Cave praised his talent and creativity.
- His albums are daring and often inspire others such as Graduation, which merged hip hop, pop and electronic music, and 808s & Heartbreak, which helped autotune to get more popular.
- His use of autotune is comparable to the likes of Travis Scott and Bon Iver.
- Alongside The Roots, Outkast and A Tribe Called Quest, he has one of the most consistently great discographies in hip-hop.
- He is an amazing producer and produces many tracks with smaller and bigger artists. He produced five great albums in a matter of a few months.
- He has great chemistry with Kid Cudi, and they also released the phenomenal album KIDS SEE GHOSTS, which received a 10/10 from Anthony Fantano and also received widespread acclaim.
- His album covers are great and/or amazing pieces of art.
- He does really good on features.
- He has some really memorable quotes such as "I refuse to accept other people's ideas of happiness for me. As if there's a "one size fits all" standard for "happiness"".
- While his personality can sometimes be grating, a lot of the time he is very funny and out-going.
- He is quite outspoken and is not afraid to give his opinion on serious subjects, even though his opinions can cause controversy.
- He's stated that we need individual thinking and shouldn't be controlled by hive mind thinking. He also has criticised African-Americans who claim to be oppressed.
- Unlike John Legend, he defended the late Michael Jackson, arguing that companies and documentaries should not be allowed to “tear down our heroes” in his new interview.
- Speaking of which, Michael Jackson loved his music.
- He payed condolences by donating $2 million to George Floyd's family. He also donated money to Breonna Taylor's family.
- His flows are really good and his rhyming scheme is well thought and poetic (ex. "Go2DaMoon").
- He is not afraid of experimenting and popularizing new things, whether it is adopting a different rap persona rather than the typical gangster rapper (The College Dropout), using autotune in an era when it was not cool to use it (808s & Heartbreak) or going for a more experimental sound (Yeezus).
- His music has taught many life lessons. In 808s & Heartbreak, he talks about dealing with the loss of his mother and the acceptance of vulnerability in times of devastation. In My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, he raps about the flaws of a hedonistic lifestyle (although he doesn't explicitly say it, the vulnerable nature of the songs show the sadness of the lifestyle and points out that many people indeed hide the cons with it and rarely speak out about a sex savvy life). In Kids See Ghosts and ye, he talks about his life with bipolar disorder.
- He is very good at making rhyme schemes and good flow and is also a master at manipulating and stretching syllables.
- He has a knack of interrupting people for no reason when they get an award and gets very triggered when Beyonce doesn't win one. His infamous "interruption" at the 2009 VMAs where he took the microphone from Taylor Swift basically stating that she should have not won VMA for best female pop video and that Beyoncé should have which is a jerk move from Kanye. Thankfully, he apologized for the incident. Similar to his interruption at the 2009 VMAS when Beck won a Grammy award on one occasion, Kanye walked up to him and then quickly walked off.
- Hell, even the former president Obama called him a jackass.
- He has a massive ego and can be a jerk a lot. Him ranting in concerts or on Twitter is not uncommon. He even once called out a fan at his concert for not standing up during one of his songs despite the fact the fan was wheelchair-bound.
- He had some bad songs like "I Love It" (which even he hates and regrets making) "Nah Nah Nah", "Closed on Sunday", and "Lift Yourself" (which he also hates himself).
- Lift Yourself was so bad it also caused the beef with Drake.
- His album JESUS IS KING was met with mixed reception from critics and audiences.
- He has a bad habit of hyping up projects that will never eventually be released (Good Ass Job, Yandhi, Watch the Throne II).
- His views are very delusional. He believes "Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work" and has termed vaccines "the mark of the beast". He has admitted to running a "spoiler campaign" called "The Birthday Party" to hurt Joe Biden's chances of winning during his 2020 presidential bid.
- He had one of the worst freestyles of all time.
- He sometimes loses his temper very easily. A notable example is when he shouted at Chance the Rapper.
- He attended a Kylie Jenner Halloween party during the COVID-19 pandemic without wearing a mask.
- He is currently getting sued for $30 million by Sunday Service cast and crew for unpaid commisions and mistreatment.
- His cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" at Glastonbury was terrible.
- His voice can be annoying sometimes.
- He does work with bad artists like Sheck Wes whom he signed to his label for no good reason other than his hit Mo Bamba and Lil Pump whose made respectively, both of their worst songs as Kanye and Lil Pump give lackluster performances over such a weird bassy beat.
- The College Dropout (2004)
- Late Registration (2005)
- Graduation (2007)
- 808s & Heartbreak (2008)
- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
- Yeezus (2013)
- The Life of Pablo (2016)
- ye (2018)
- JESUS IS KING (2019) (formerly known as Yandhi before it was leaked)
- Jesus Is Born (2019)
- DONDA: WITH CHILD (TBA)
- Watch the Throne (with JAY-Z, as The Throne) (2011)
- KIDS SEE GHOSTS (with Kid Cudi, as KIDS SEE GHOSTS) (2018)
- Jesus Is Born (as Sunday Service Choir) (2019)
- Emmanuel (2020) (with Sunday Service Choir)
- Jesus Is King Part II (TBA) (with Dr. Dre)
- Good Ass Job (TBA)
- Watch the Throne II (TBA)
- Cruel Summer (as G.O.O.D Music) (2012)
- Late Orchestration (2006)
- VH1 Storytellers: Kanye West (2010)
- The College Dropout Video Anthology (2005)
- Get Well Soon... (2003)
- I'm Good... (2003)
- Welcome to Kanye's Soul Mix Show (with A-Trak) (2006)
- Can't Tell Me Nothing (2007)
As lead artist
- "Through The Wire" (2003)
- "All Falls Down" (featuring Syleena Johnson) (2004)
- "Jesus Walks" (2004)
- "The New Workout Plan" (2004)
- "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" (2005)
- "Gold Digger" (featuring Jamie Foxx) (2005)
- "Heard 'Em Say" (featuring Adam Levine) (2005)
- "Touch The Sky" (featuring Lupe Fiasco) (2006)
- "Impossible" (featuring Twista, Keyshia Cole and BJ) (2006)
- "Drive Slow" (featuring Paul Wall and GLC) (2006)
- "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)" (with KRS-One, Nas and Rakim) (2007)
- "Can't Tell Me Nothing" (2007)
- "Stronger" (2007)
- "Good Life" (featuring T-Pain) (2007)
- "Flashing Lights" (featuring Dwele) (2007)
- "Homecoming" (featuring Chris Martin) (2008)
- "Love Lockdown" (2008)
- "Heartless" (2008)
- "Amazing" (featuring Young Jeezy) (2009)
- "Paranoid" (featuring Mr Hudson) (2009)
- "Forever" (with Drake, Lil Wayne and Eminem) (2009)
- "POWER" (2010)
- "Runaway" (featuring Pusha T) (2010)
- "Monster" (featuring JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver) (2010)
- "All Of The Lights" (featuring Rihanna) (2010)
- "Christmas In Harlem" (featuring CyHi The Prynce and Teyana Taylor) (2010)
- "H•A•M" (with JAY-Z) (2011)
- "Otis" (with JAY-Z, featuring Otis Redding) (2011)
- "Lift Off" (with JAY-Z, featuring Beyoncé) (2011)
- "N*ggas In Paris" (with JAY-Z) (2011)
- "Why I Love You" (with JAY-Z, featuring Mr Hudson) (2011)
- "Gotta Have It" (with JAY-Z) (2011)
- "No Church In The Wild" (with JAY-Z, featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream) (2012)
- "Mercy" (with Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) (2012)
- "Cold" (featuring DJ Khaled) (2012)
- "New God Flow" (with Pusha T) (2012)
- "Clique" (with JAY-Z and Big Sean) (2012)
- "Black Skinhead" (2013)
- "Bound 2" (2013)
- "Only One" (featuring Paul McCartney) (2014)
- "FourFiveSeconds" (with Rihanna and Paul McCartney) (2015)
- "All Day" (featuring Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney) (2015)
- "Famous" (2016)
- "Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1" (2016)
- "Pt. 2" (2016)
- "Champions" (with Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo and Desiigner) (2016)
- "Fade" (2016)
- "Lift Yourself" (2018)
- "Ye vs. the People" (featuring T.I.) (2018)
- "Yikes" (2018)
- "All Mine" (2018)
- "XTCY" (2018)
- "I Love It" (with Lil Pump) (2018)
- "Follow God" (2019)
- "Closed on Sunday" (2019)
- "Wash Us In The Blood" (featuring Travis Scott) (2020)
- "Nah Nah Nah" (solo or remix featuring DaBaby and 2 Chainz) (2020)
As featured artist
- "Welcome 2 Chicago" (Abstract Mindstate featuring Kanye West) (2001)
- "Get By" (Remix) (Talib Kweli featuring JAY-Z, Mos Def, Kanye West and Busta Rhymes) (2003)
- "Slow Jamz" (Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx) (2003)
- "This Way" (Dilated Peoples featuring Kanye West) (2004)
- "Talk About Our Love" (Brandy featuring Kanye West) (2004)
- "Hold On" (Remix) (Dwele featuring Kanye West)
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