Collaborated with Jay-Z in Watch The Throne
Released fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Heavily criticized for a public onstage outburst during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards
Experimented with synthesized beats and vocals with the album 808s and Heartbreak
Made a cameo (as himself) in "The Love Guru"
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 his first musical appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"
Made a controversial on-air comment ("George Bush doesn’t care about black people") during a September 2005 televised benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims
Released sophomore album Late Registration; nominated for Album of the Year at the 2006 Grammy Awards
Released debut album The College Dropout on Roc-A-Fella Records
Released the single "Through the Wire," which was recorded in 2002 while his jaw was wired shut because of the car accident
Was involved in a near fatal car accident on Oct. 23, 2002 when West 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
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
Lived in China for a year when he was 10
Moved to Chicago, IL with his mother