Kanye West


Five Stars: Young, rich, tasteless, rockstar, genius, jim Morrison, God’s vessel…. All descriptions of Kanye West. And those are just the ones he thinks of himself.



  

  Mr. West is in the building indeed. Kanye West burst onto the scene in 2001 with productions on Jay-Z’s critically acclaimed The Blueprint (tracks such as IZZO and Heart of the City). And since then he hasn’t missed a beat; with 14 Grammy Awards and 36 nominations, West has become a force in the industry. While originally known for his soul vocal samples and 70’s era beats he has become known for his intricate string orchestrations.

    But West fought an uphill battle to claim his title of God’s vessel. Due to his lack of gangsta-ness, Kanye was often seen by executives as a producer first and foremost who thought he couldn’t be marketed in a street image oriented hip hop culture. West’s first chance as a rapper came on a verse on big brother J’s album the Blueprint2: "Magazines call me a rock star, girls call me cock star," he rapped.

GENIUS


Shortly after, Mr. West was involved in a near fatal car crash in 2002. It is unknown at this time whether it is because of his connections to the Illuminati.

It's A TRAP!!!


    This car crash later inspired many songs on his debut 2004 album, The College Dropout.   Songs like Through the Wire and Jesus Walks showed a staple of faith in his songs that is still seen today. The album later went on to go triple platinum and received mass critical acclaim. He did, however, fail to garner the best new artist at the AMAs for which he said “"I felt like I was definitely robbed [...] I was the best new artist this year." In fact, it is much harder to find a time he was okay with an awards show loss than one he had an outburst for. Also, during this time period Kanye found himself in a dispute over the song “Heartbeat” by Royce da 5’9” in which Kanye insisted that he was never paid for the track and later said he would never work with Royce again.

"Yeah, but Kanye you didn’t make the other million illegal downloader’s pay either!!!”-Royce da 5'9"


    His sophmore album Late Registration proved his career was no fluke. With 3 million in sales and another critically acclaimed album, Kanye’s ego was rapidly growing. A month after the release of his album, during a benefit for Hurricane Katrina he proclaimed “George Bush doesn't care about black people.” He also for some reason sparked some controversy when he appeared on Rolling Stone magazine dressed as Jesus.


"It's not my fault they hate me!"-G.W. Bush


    His third album, Graduation, was as anticipated as ever. Kanye pushed back his album to the same date as 50 Cent’s to which 50 famously claimed that if Kanye’s album outsold his album then he would end his music career. He did get outsold, but shockingly decided to continue his multi-million dollar career. Graduation was Kanye’s glossiest production yet, while Stronger became his highest selling single to date.

Not to mention also ushering in a fashion statement


    This period in his life also marked a low point in West’s life. His mom of 30 years passed away November 10th, 2007. She died at 58 years of age from cosmetic surgery implications for which he later blamed himself due to introducing her to the lifestyle. Her death led to a period of great creativeness and instability.

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CRY HATERZ CRY!


    The impact of her death took musical form in his fourth album “808’s and Heartbreak”.  Initial response to the album was somewhat tepid, with the first release being “Love Lockdown” (which would later go on to be one of two singles by West to go triple platinum) which consisted of no rapping and only autotune singing.  Kanye’s response to the reaction was resolving, “When asked about the current state of hip hop, West compared it to a high school, stating that hip hop used to be all about being fearless and standing out, and that now it is about being afraid and fitting in.” The album would be met with positive critical and commercial reaction and go on to be his fourth platinum release.

Kanye West is the Judd Nelson of the hip hop world


    His most recent awards show outburts would prove to be a very detrimental one. At the VMA’s in 2009, Kanye West went on stage to interrupt Taylor Swift when she innocently accidentally picked up Beyonce’s award by mistake. When Kanye went on stage to correct the incident he was met with many racist boos.  Proving that his career knew no limitations, his interruption “Imma let you finish…” became an Internet phenomenon. He has apologized feverishly for the incident, and has mentioned on more than one occasion that he was wrong for acting so selflessly (yes, you read that right).

…that got old


"Hi Miss Swift. First off, I am a HUGE fan. It's just that.... I just think there was a little mistake... You see, Beyonce actually had the best video of all time. I have no idea what kind of mix up must have occured but if you'd be so kind as to let me correct it. Thank you, and im'ma let you finish."



    After a two year hiatus, West eventually decided “F it” and got to work on another generation defining album. The first single off the album was released in the summer of 2010; Power, was critically acclaimed and commercially prominent (literally… It’s in like every commercial).

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    His album, titled My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was hailed as an instant classic by critics and has already been certified platinum. He also made a film to accompany the album, but to this point West is the only one to have been able to sit through it all. It has something to do with a phoenix or something.

Haterz gonna hate


Famous Kanye Quotes:

"I'm typing so f---ing hard I might break my f---ing Mac book Air!!!!!!!!"

"I GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF ME TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE I’M NOT ACTUALLY A HUGE DOUCHE."


"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."

"I WILL SPARK A GENERATION OF THINKERS WHO WILL QUESTION TRADITIONAL THOUGHT UNTIL THEY FIND THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH"

“I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice ... It’s one thing to say you want to do it, and it’s another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan.”

"Steppin' outside of the game … If I was just a fan of music, I would think that I was the number one artist in the world."

"I am God's vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”


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KANYE WEST - ALL OF THE LIGHTS



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