Kanye West

One of the most divisive figures in the music industry, Kanye West blurred the line between ego and artistry with his critically acclaimed albums, groundbreaking music videos, and over the top public persona. West began ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

Daft Punk Unchained 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Kocktails With Khloe 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Saturday Night Live 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016 (Tv Show)

Performer

2015 MTV Video Music Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Fresh Dressed 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

David Blaine: Real or Magic 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Made In America 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

This is HOT 97 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

2013 MTV Video Music Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Keeping Up With the Kardashians 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

2010 MTV Video Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

Bad 25 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Beyonce's I Am... World Tour 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

BET Awards '10 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

Beyonce's I Am...World Tour 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

2009 BET Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen's Bigger Longer and Wider Show 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 American Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Performer

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

VH1 Storytellers: Kanye West 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Awards '08 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Hip Hop Awards 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'n' Out 2003 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pepsi Smash 2002 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Punk'd 2002 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2002 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

The Love Guru 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Vibe Awards Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Concert for Diana 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2007 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

MTV's New Year of Music 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

ReAct Now: Music & Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 Billboard Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 4th Annual TRL Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in '05 Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

State Property 2 2005 (Movie)

Kanye West (Actor)

The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Performer

World Music Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Chappelle's Show 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hard Rock Live 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Lady of Soul Train Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

2015 Billboard Music Awards (TV Show)

Performer

BET Honors 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Show)

Performer
Music (47)

Crazy About Tiffany's 2016 (Movie)

("Birthday Song") (Song Performer)

Crazy About Tiffany's 2016 (Movie)

("Birthday Song") (Song)

The Night Before 2015 (Movie)

("Runaway") (Song)

The Night Before 2015 (Movie)

("Runaway") (Song Performer)

Trainwreck 2015 (Movie)

("Gold Digger") (Song)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

("Niggas In Paris") (Song)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

("Niggas In Paris") (Song Performer)

The Bling Ring 2013 (Movie)

("All Of The Lights") (Song)

The Bling Ring 2013 (Movie)

("All Of The Lights") (Song Performer)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song Performer)

The Hangover Part III 2013 (Movie)

("Dark Fantasy") (Song)

The Hangover Part III 2013 (Movie)

("Dark Fantasy") (Song Performer)

NYC 22 2012 (Tv Show)

Song

Project X 2012 (Movie)

("H.A.M.") (Song)

Project X 2012 (Movie)

("H.A.M.") (Song Performer)

Safe House 2012 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song)

Safe House 2012 (Movie)

("No Church In The Wild") (Song Performer)

The Man With the Iron Fists 2012 (Movie)

("White Dress") (Song Performer)

The Man With the Iron Fists 2012 (Movie)

("White Dress") (Song)

The Hangover Part II 2011 (Movie)

("Stronger") (Song)

The Hangover Part II 2011 (Movie)

("Stronger") (Song Performer)

Burlesque 2010 (Movie)

("Knock You Down") (Song)

It's Kind of a Funny Story 2010 (Movie)

("Be (Intro)") (Song)

Obsessed 2009 (Movie)

("American Boy") (Song)

The Hangover 2009 (Movie)

"Can't Tell Me Nothing" (Song)

The Hangover 2009 (Movie)

"Can't Tell Me Nothing" (Song Performer)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Performer

Made of Honor 2008 (Movie)

("Gold Digger") (Song)

Made of Honor 2008 (Movie)

("Gold Digger") (Song Performer)

2006 BET Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Performer

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Overnight Celebrity") (Song)

Dave Chappelle's Block Party 2006 (Movie)

("Two Words") (Song Performer)

Inside Man 2006 (Movie)

("Gold Digger") (Song)

Inside Man 2006 (Movie)

("Gold Digger") (Song Performer)

Miami Vice 2006 (Movie)

("Numb/Encore") (Song)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

("Impossible") (Song)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

("Impossible") (Song Performer)

Coach Carter 2005 (Movie)

("I Changed My Mind") (Song)

Fantastic Four 2005 (Movie)

("New World Symphony") (Song)

Four Brothers 2005 (Movie)

("Jesus Walks") (Song)

Four Brothers 2005 (Movie)

("Jesus Walks") (Song Performer)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Performer

Head of State 2003 (Movie)

("'03 Bonnie & Clyde") (Song)

Honey 2003 (Movie)

("My Block") (Song)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Brown Sugar (Super Fine)") (Music Producer)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

("Brown Sugar (Super Fine)") (Song)
Producer (1)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

One of the most divisive figures in the music industry, Kanye West blurred the line between ego and artistry with his critically acclaimed albums, groundbreaking music videos, and over the top public persona. West began his career as a music producer, collaborating with high-profile talents such as Jay-Z and Janet Jackson before making his mark as an award-winning rapper. West's musical repertoire was a culmination of real life tragedies - from a debilitating car crash in 2002 to his mother's untimely death in 2007 - which he turned into emotional and intellectual lyrics that punctuated albums such as <i>The College Dropout</i> (2004) and <i>Graduation</i> (2007). His light-speed rap delivery, auto-tuned hooks, and pulse-pounding beats made him one of the most exciting and innovative artists of any genre. However, West's public outbursts and outlandish, arrogant behavior, including a notorious stunt at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards where he rudely interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, also turned off even his most loyal fans. Facing public scrutiny, West took time out of the limelight and reemerged a year later, more humbled by fame and with a new album that solidified his status as an envelope-pushing artist who was truly ahead of his time. As his music grew progressively more experimental, however, West became better known as a tabloid fixture due to his romance with reality TV star Kim Kardashian, whom he married in May 2014 following the birth of their daughter North West.

Relationships

Kim Kardashian Actor

Wife
Longtime friends reportedly began dating April 2012, around the same time West released the single "Theraflu" about Kardashian Daughter, North West, born. Got engaged at AT&T Park in San Francisco, which Kanye rented out for the occasion. Married in Florence, Italy.

Alexis Phifer

Companion
Began dating on-and-off in 2002 West proposed in August 2006 Ended engagement in 2008

Amber Rose Actor

Companion
Dated from 2008-2010

Donda West

Mother
Born July 12, 1949; was Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University; retired to manage son's career Died of complications from cosmetic surgery on Nov. 10, 2007

North West

Daughter

Ray West

Father

Saint West

Son
Born; mother is Kim Kardashian

Milestones

2013

Released noise-oriented experimental album <i>Yeezus</i>

2011

Collaborated with Jay-Z on <i>Watch The Throne</i>

2010

Released fifth studio album <i>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</i>

2008

Made a cameo (as himself) in "The Love Guru"

2008

Experimented with synthesized beats and vocals with the album <i>808s and Heartbreak</i>

2007

Completed his "college" trilogy with the release of his third hit album <i>Graduation</i>

2007

Guest starred on HBO's "Entourage"

2006

Angered religious groups by posing on the cover of <i>Rolling Stone</i> magazine in the image of Jesus Christ wearing a crown of thorns

2005

Made a controversial on-air comment ("George Bush doesn't care about black people") during a September 2005 televised benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims

2005

Made his first musical appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

2005

Released sophomore album <i>Late Registration</i>

2004

Released debut album <i>The College Dropout</i> on Roc-A-Fella Records

2001

Collaborated with Jay-Z to produce the latter's landmark album <i>The Blueprint</i>; album released on Sept. 11, 2001

2000

Began producing for artists on Roc-a-Fella Records, founded by Jay-Z

1996

Produced local Chicago rapper Grav's debut album <i>Down to Earth </i>

Bonus Trivia

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West lived in China for a year when he was 10 years old.

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West was involved in a near fatal car accident on Oct. 23, 2002 when he fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into another vehicle; sustained injuries that resulted in multiple stitches and a metal plate placed in his jaw. His raps on the 2003 single "Through the Wire" were recorded while his jaw was wired shut due to his injuries.

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West was heavily criticized for a public onstage outburst during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, in which he claimed that the award Swift was accepting should have gone to Beyoncé.

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