Kanye West
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West has spent the last decade diversifying across fashion (high-end apparel and footwear brand Yeezy), worship (star-studded Sunday Service gatherings), education (Yeezy Christian Academy) and even politics, in the vein of a failed 2020 third-party presidential bid. While still involved in music — producing albums for Pusha T and Teyana Taylor — he has moved from rap to gospel and away from the commercial mainstream, partly because he’s embroiled in a PR battle with his record company over what he claims are unfair complex business practices that strip artists of revenue. He recently boasted of his resolved debt and accumulation of an alleged $5 billion fortune, using those resources to resurrect the patriarch of his famous family-in-law via hologram for wife Kim Kardashian West’s birthday.


  • The College Dropout
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Jesus Is King


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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