Kanye West
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United States
2018

G.O.O.D. Music

Kanye
West

Artist / Founder

West might be the perfect star for this time of mashups, surprise album drops and social-media brouhahas, inviting the spotlight with his outsize ego and headline-grabbing antics. He broke into hip-hop producing beats for the likes of Jay-Z, before establishing his own rap cred with 2004’s “The College Dropout.” A string of critical and commercial hits followed, including 2010’s epic “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” and he’s notched seven certified platinum albums and 21 Grammys. A shape-shifting artist, West has earned a rep as a daring, if controversial, rapper while extending his cultural footprint through his wildly popular Adidas line, Yeezy. And the spotlight has only glared brighter since his 2014 marriage to mega-brand Kim Kardashian.

Career

  • Yeezy
  • The College Dropout
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Education

  • American Academy of Art (IL, USA)
  • Chicago State University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Kanye West Takes Coachella to Church With Easter 'Sunday Service'

Kanye West Takes Coachella to Church With Easter 'Sunday Service'

As promised, Kanye West brought his “Sunday Service” to Coachella on Easter morning, as dozens of musicians, singers and dancers performed a set of spiritual songs, covers and songs by the rapper himself — including a new one called "Water" — for an audience of thousands from a hilltop on the festival grounds in Indio, Calif. While he rapped briefly on a couple of songs, West was generally the ringleader of the service, as he has been on previous incarnations...

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