Released noise-oriented experimental album Yeezus
Collaborated with Jay-Z on Watch The Throne
Released fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Made a cameo (as himself) in "The Love Guru"
Experimented with synthesized beats and vocals with the album 808s and Heartbreak
Guest starred on HBO's "Entourage"
Completed his "college" trilogy with the release of his third hit album Graduation
Angered religious groups by posing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in the image of Jesus Christ wearing a crown of thorns
Made a controversial on-air comment ("George Bush doesn’t care about black people") during a September 2005 televised benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims
Made his first musical appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"
Released sophomore album Late Registration
Released debut album The College Dropout on Roc-A-Fella Records
Collaborated with Jay-Z to produce the latter's landmark album The Blueprint; album released on Sept. 11, 2001
Began producing for artists on Roc-a-Fella Records, founded by Jay-Z
Produced local Chicago rapper Grav’s debut album Down to Earth
West lived in China for a year when he was 10 years old.
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.
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.