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Wikipedia Summary for Kanye West

Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, record producer, businessman and fashion designer. He has been influential in the 21st-century development of mainstream hip hop, popular music, and popular culture in general.

Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West gained notoriety as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing singles for several mainstream artists. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to critical and commercial success, and founded the record label GOOD Music. He experimented with a variety of musical genres on subsequent acclaimed studio albums, including Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and 808s & Heartbreak (2008). Drawing inspiration from maximalism and minimalism, respectively, West's fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) and sixth album Yeezus (2013) were also critical successes. He went on to release The Life of Pablo (2016), Ye (2018), and Jesus Is King (2019). West's discography also includes the full-length collaborations Watch the Throne (2011) and Kids See Ghosts (2018) with Jay-Z and Kid Cudi, respectively.

West's outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant media attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, and in other public settings, as well as for his comments on the music and fashion industries, U.S. politics, and race. In 2020, he ran an independent presidential campaign that advocated for a consistent life ethic. His Christian faith, as well as his marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian, have also been a source of media attention. As a fashion designer, he has collaborated with Nike, Louis Vuitton, and A.P.C. on both clothing and footwear, and have most prominently resulted in the Yeezy collaboration with Adidas beginning in 2013. He is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA.

West is one of the world's best-selling music artists, with more than 20 million albums and 140 million singles sold worldwide. He has won a total of 22 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time. Among his other awards are the Billboard Artist Achievement Award, a joint-record three Brit Awards for Best International Male Solo Artist and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Six of his albums were included on Rolling Stone's 2020 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list; the same publication named him one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. West is the tied holder for the most albums (four) topping the annual Pazz & Jop critic poll, a distinction he shares with Bob Dylan. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.

I told y'all I didn't vote, right? But if I would've voted, I would've voted for Trump.

My doorman is more important to me than any head of any company. He keeps us safe.

The dinosaurs are remembered only by their bones. What will we be remembered for with humanity?

Being fresh is more important than having money.

Society and public opinion can beat the wings off of angels.

I just want people to be the best thems and live the happiest lives possible.

I love sleep; it's my favorite.

Fashion is merely an opinion. And I've got a lot of opinions.

I love being American, and I love family. I love having a family, and I feel so blessed, and I feel like God gave me exactly what I wanted, so now I have to do the right thing in God's eyes also. Just follow what God wants me to do.

Art is to be free. Design is to fix.

The concept of Kimye has more cultural significance than what Page Six could write.

We're a blip in the existence of the universe, and we're constantly trying to pull each other down. Not doing things to help each other.

Our focus needs to be less on what our legacy's going to be or how we can control each other and more how we can give to each other.

Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball, he took his power to make a difference. It's so much going on in music right now and somebody has to make a difference.

Know your worth! People always act like they're doing more for you than you're doing for them.

You have to be able to swim in backlash.

I live and breathe every element in life.

Don't Ever fix your lips like collagen
And say something when you gon' end up apologing.

If I was more complacent and I let things slide, my life would be easier, but you all wouldn't be as entertained. My misery is your pleasure.

I dislike the concept of 'chic' being the highest compliment for a human being. I'd rather someone be nice than to be chic.

If y'all fresh to death, then I'm deceased.

I'm the rap version of Dave Chappelle. I'm not sayin' I'm nearly as talented as Chappelle when it comes to political and social commentary, but like him, I'm laughing to keep from crying.

The dinosaurs are remember only by their bones. What will we be remembered for with humanity?

You drive in a Maybach past a homeless person and you ask, 'Who's more free?' You could be trapped to your possessions.

I love Kim Kardashian nude selfies. Like, I love the ones from the side, the back ones, and the front. I just love seeing her naked.

I feel like it's almost a Renaissance thing, a painting, a modern version of a painting. I think it's important for Kim Kardashian to have her figure. To not show it would be like Adele not singing.

What I had to learn from Kim is how to take more of her advice and less of other people's advice. There's a lot of Kim K skills that were added. In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period.

But I think I'm on track to do something even bigger. I liberate minds with my music. That's more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.

It don't gotta be Mother's Day, or your birthday, for me to just call and say Hey Mama.

It's crazy that we live in a world where if your super positive and super's scary. Because what does that tell you about the mentality of most people if your scared of like...positivity.

I wanna tell the whole world about a friend of mine This little light of mine, I'm feelin' let it shine I'm feelin' take y'all back to them better times I'm feelin' talk about my mama if y'all don't mind.

I'm giving all that I have in this life. I'm opening up my notebook, and I'm saying everything in there out loud.

Yeah, I think that I have like, faltered, you know, as a human. My message isn't perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.

I am a pop artist, so my medium is public opinion and the world is my canvas.

I told God I'd be back in a second. Man it's so hard not to act reckless.

I didn't play the cards I was dealt. I changed the cards.

I'm gonna sit here on this runway until I'm at the end of it. Because that's that thing that people slave over. That's that thing that people are slaves to. That's that thing that I'm a slave to.

I wanna explain something about the title 'Yeezus,' simply put 'West' was my slave name and 'Yeezus' is my God name.

Every time I crash the Internet, it's like this little drop of truth. Every time I say something that's extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet. So what are we getting all of the rest of the time?

Every time I say something that's extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the Internet.

This dope money here is Lil Treys scholarship

Cause aint no to tuition for havin no ambition

And aint no loans for sittin your ass at home.

I will spark a generation of thinkers who will question traditional thought until they find the absolute truth.

Taking 1,000 meetings attempting to get backing to do clothing.

I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.

I wanna make uniforms for my high school basketball team through brand Yeezy.

Racism is still alive they just be concealing it.

Never do coke with an intern ... they may not be 21.

For me to say I wasn't a genius I'd just be lying to you and to myself.

I'm a creative genius and there's no other way to word it.

I used to have insecurity about my finances, then I announced that I had debt, and now I don't have any insecurities.

I don't think people are going to talk in the future. They're going to communicate through eye contact, body language, emojis, signs.

It's not 'can'; it's 'will.' You have to will things into fruition.

I'm a let you finish, but the French Revolution had the best severed heads of ALL TIME.

I believe that bad taste is vulgar. It's like cursing. I think the world can be saved through design, because what is the most distasteful thing someone can do? Kill someone. So, good taste is the opposite of that.

I'm a pop enigma. I live and breathe every element in life. I rock a bespoke suit and I go to Harold's for fried chicken. It's all these things at once, because, as a taste maker, I find the best of everything.

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I'm a pop enigma. I live and breathe every element in life. I rock a bespoke suit and I go to Harold's for fried chicken. It's all these things at once, because, as a taste maker, I find the best of everything. There's certain things that black people are the best at and certain things that white people are the best at. Whatever we as black people are the best at, I'ma go get that. Like, on Christmas I don't want any food that tastes white. And when I go to purchase a house, I don't want my credit to look black.

Great art comes from great artists. There's a bunch of people that are hurt that still couldn't have made the album that was super-polarizing and redefined the sound of radio.

I want to be remembered for making great music and doing great things for people.

I feel that I'm very blessed. But with great blessings come great responsibility.

Everyone's born confident, and everything's taken away from you.

I'm on the pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum.

I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of.

I can't be a slave to the machine, you feel like you're in the matrix.

Cause I want to be on 106 and Park pushing a benz.

I hope we don't see no paparazzi today. Because I'm still getting acquainted with these jogging pants I threw on. Like, 'That's not my statement!'

I'm a blowfish. I'm not a shark, I'm a blowfish.

Bravery and courage is walking into pain and knowing that something better is on the other side.

I am the number one human being in music. That means any person that's living or breathing is number two.

Cause we they leaders, and they the followers
And we the nut-busters and they the swallowers

People in this world shun people for being great, for being a bright color, for standing out. But the time is now, to be OK with being the greatest you.

I specifically ordered Persian rugs with cherub imagery! What do I have to do to get a simple Persian rug with cherub imagery uuuuugh.

Sometimes when I see a bad performance and people still clap... I wonder if they're clapping because they liked what they saw or because they're happy it's over?

I would rather sit in a factory than sit in a Maybach.

The longer your gevity is, the more confidence you build.

All this role model bullshit; you don't have any extra responsibilities because you made some good songs! Your only responsibility is to make good songs.

I think my sense of humor is really dark and super twisted and stuff like that. It's like, Is this a funny joke for real? Or am I just rich? See? That was funny.

When I was in fourth grade I was drawing Jordans when my mama couldn't afford them.

I think America just needs to get real when it comes to the way our kids speak and communicate. They need to understand what happens in rap.

Do you think there'd be a Givenchy in the hood if it wasn't for that South Park photo?

I don't know what's better: getting laid or getting paid.

I just know when I'm getting one, the other's getting away.

I'm not a corny-ass booty freak! I'm the greatest musician of all-time.

Taste and style is beyond clothes. It's in food; it's in quality. Working out, healthy bodies, organic food-they're all part of the same thing.

I'm a heaven sent instrument. My rhythmatic regimen navigates melodic notes for your soul and your mental. That's why I'm instrumental, vibrations is what I'm into.

If you ask me a question like what is your greatest accomplishment, it should be what I'm about to do.

I had a dream I can buy my way to heaven.

A lot of artists have a lot of different ventures, I think it's typical for a hip hop artist, at this point, to have a bunch of different ventures.

The idea of Kanye and vanity are like, synonymous. But I've put myself in a lot of places where a vain person wouldn't put themselves in. Like what's vanity about wearing a kilt?

I'm not comfortable with comfort. I'm only comfortable when I'm in a place where I'm constantly learning and growing.

I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.

I'm talkin' about us, the new slaves, the people who love fashion. I'm talking about us, you know? 'Cause I'm a slave to it. I love it.

Just know that if you want to be a boxer you're going to get your face beaten constantly but then you may end up being a Mayweather or an Ali at the end of the day.

When someone comes up and says something like, 'I am a god,' everybody says 'Who does he think he is?' I just told you who I thought I was. A god. I just told you. That's who I think I am.

When I think of competition it's like I try to create against the past. I think about Michelangelo and Picasso, you know, the pyramids.

I'm supposed to be a musical genius, but I can't work the car seat that well.

They classify my motivational speeches as rants.

Well, I just don't want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn't America's baby.

I can sleep. I love sleep; it's my favorite.

My favorite body part of Kim's: heart.

Me and my girl split the buffet at KFC.

I'm a mix of a 14-year-old high schooler and a 60-year-old guy. It can never fall into the 30s or the 40s. It has to be 100 percent 60 or 100 percent 14, no in between.

I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.

It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It's only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That's all it is.

I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers.

If you don't make Christmas presents, meaning making something that's so emotionally connected to people, don't talk to me.

I understand culture. I am the nucleus.

I get to represent somebody I don't think is getting represented right now. The regular dude: the guy who believes in God but still likes pussy.

I'm really happy I'm me because if I wasn't I'd be scared. If you want that Number One spot you need to listen to my album and try to beat it.

I know I've been called the Louis Vuitton Don ... I've been called a lot of names ... Due to what happened, so severely, when the red shoes hit the runway, I was forced to change my name to Martin Louis Vuitton the King, Jr. Address me as such.

Visiting my mind is like visiting the Hermes factory. Sh*t is real. You're not going to find a chink. It's 100,000 per cent Jimi Hendrix.

Having a Rolex or a Benz is not something that actually represents your success because there's always something more expensive to buy. Success is really being able to do things for others as well as the people around you and yourself.

You basically can say anything to someone on an email or text as long as you put LOL at the end.

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