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Kanye Omari West ( /ˈkɑːnj/; born June 8, 1977)[1] is an American musician, film director and fashion designer. West first rose to fame as a producer 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, andJanet Jackson. His style of production originally used pitched-up vocal samples from soulsongs incorporated with his own drums and instruments. However, subsequent productions saw him broadening his musical palette and expressing influences encompassing '70sR&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, folk, alternative, electronica, synthpop, and classical music.[2]

West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008, and his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010. West released a collaborative album, Watch the Throne with Jay-Z in 2011, which is the duo's first collaborative album. His five solo albums, all of which have gone platinum, have received numerous awards and critical acclaim.[3] As of 2012, West has won a total of eighteen Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all-time.[4] All albums have been very commercially successful, with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasybecoming his fourth consecutive No. 1 album in the U.S. upon release.[5] West has had 5 songs exceed 3 million in digital sales as of July 2011, with "Gold Digger" selling 3,086,000, "Stronger" selling 4,402,000, "Heartless"[6] selling 3,742,000, "E.T." selling over 4,000,000 and "Love Lockdown" selling over 3,000,000[7][8] placing him third in overall digital sales of the past decade.[9][10] He has sold over 30 million digital songs in the United States making him one of the best-selling digital artists of all-time.[11]

West also runs his own record label GOOD Music, home to artists such as John Legend,Common and Kid Cudi.[12] West's mascot and trademark is "Dropout Bear," a teddy bearwhich has appeared on the covers of three of his five solo albums as well as various single covers and in his music videos.[13] About.com ranked Kanye West No. 8 on their "Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers" list.[14] On May 16, 2008, Kanye West was crowned by MTV as the year's No. 1 "Hottest MC in the Game."[15] On December 17, 2010, Kanye West was voted as the MTV Man of the Year by MTV.[16] Billboard ranked Kanye West No. 3 on their list of Top 10 Producers of the Decade.[17] West has also been included in the Time 100list of the most influential people in the world as well as being listed in a number of Forbes'annual lists.[18]


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