Kanye West is an award-winning American rapper, producer, and renowned fashion designer. The celebrity is prone to controversies on various subjects and is married to Kim Kardashian. Initially, he started working as a producer and later became a rap superstar. His ability to reinvent hip hop severally has earned him global recognition.
West has also made headlines because of his social media posts, grand pronouncements, and fashion preferences. He’s known for thrilling music performances and has been named as one of the most influential people in the U.S by some publications, including Time Magazine. The American star was born in Atlanta in 1977.
His father worked as a photojournalist while his mother, Donda, was a teacher. She later became Kanye’s manager before she passed after being diagnosed with heart disease. Losing his mother affected his personal life and musical career. His parents divorced when he was three, and he grew up with his mother in Chicago.
At the age of 10, he moved to China with his mother, where she had been sent for an exchange program. West was the only international student in his class. When he moved back to the U.S, he was drawn to hip hop. He befriended one of the local D.Js who became his mentor in the music industry.
When he completed his high school education, Kanye West got a scholarship to advance his studies at the Academy of Art in Chicago. However, he later dropped out of college and decided to pursue music, a move that inspired the title of his first album. After working as a producer for various artists, he came up with a signature style, which was characterized by sped-up soul tracks.
He later decided to move to New York, where he rose to fame after producing Jay-Z’s hit song, This Can’t Be Life. The rap star gained more popularity after the production of four more songs for the artist. His excellence in record production attracted more top talents, including Ludacris and Alicia Keys.
Despite his popularity in music production, he was not contented with being a backroom player. His dream was to be headline acts. At first, many people didn’t take his rap career seriously. However, he never gave up. Other than music, Kanye West is also a successful entrepreneur. One thing that has enabled him to stand out as a businessman and artist is that he doesn’t shy away from seeking the help he needs.
Many people viewed him as an arrogant artist, especially because of his first tracks. However, he’s not self-absorbed enough to avoid asking for help if he needs it. He sought help from a film producer during his 2005 production, which gained national recognition. West believes many entrepreneurs end up failing as they are afraid of seeking help.
He often urges other entrepreneurs and his fans not to get comfortable. The rap star is always striving to achieve more and more. His professional pursuits go far and wide. He strongly believes that one can achieve anything if they remain committed to it.