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Kanye West

West At the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Background information
Birth name Kanye Omari West
Born June 8, 1977
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genre Hip hop, pop, R&B
Occupation Producer, rapper, musician, singer
Instrument Vocals, keyboards, sampler, percussion, synthesizer
Years active 1998–present
Label GOOD Music, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Associated acts Go Getters, Child Rebel Soldier

Kanye Omari West " class="IPA">/ˈkɑːnjeɪ/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, record producer, author, and singer. He released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, and his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008. His first three albums have received numerous awards and critical acclaim. All have been very commercially successful, with 808s & Heartbreak becoming his third consecutive #1 album in the U.S. upon release. West also runs his own record label GOOD Music. West's mascot and trademark is "Dropout Bear," a teddy bear which has appeared on the covers of three of his four albums as well as various single covers and music videos.

West gained fame by producing for Roc-A-Fella Records, where he eventually achieved recognition for his work on Jay-Z's album, The Blueprint as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally utilized pitched-up vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments. However, subsequent albums saw him broadening his musical palette and expressing influences ranging from '70s R&B, to synth-pop, and classical music. ranked Kanye West #8 on their "Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers" list. On May 16, 2008, Kanye West was crowned by MTV as the year's #1 "Hottest MC in the Game."

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