On The Cover

Born June 8, 1977 also known as Ye is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago. West first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s producing hit singles for recording artists such as Jay-Z, Ludacris and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The Collage Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success, and founded the record label GOOD Music.

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He went on to experiment with a variety of musical genres on subsequent acclaimed studio albums, including Late Registration in 2005, Graduation in 2007, and the polarizing but influential 808’s And Heartbreak in 2008. He released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010 to further rave reviews, and has since succeeded it with Yeeus in 2013 and The Life Of Pablo in 2016, as well as full-length collaborations with Jay-Z and Kid Cudi West’s musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences from soul, baroque pop, electro, indie rock, synth pop, industrial and gospel.

Over the course of his career, West has been responsible for cultural movements and progressions within mainstream hip-hop and popular music at large.

West’s outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant media attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows on social media, and in other public settings, as well as his comments on the music and fashion industries, U.S politics , and race. His marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been a source of substantial media attention.

As a fashion designer, he has collaborated with Nike, Louis Vuitton, and A.P.C on both clothing and footwear, and have most prominently resulted in the Yeezy collaboration with Adidas beginning in 2013. He is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA West is among the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 21st century and one of the best selling music artist of all time. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards making him one of the most awarded artist of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his generation.

Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone’s 2012 update of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list and he ties with Bob Dylan for having topped the annual Pazz and Jaz critic poll the most number of times ever, with four number-one albums each. Times magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.

The album features guest vocals by PartyNextDoor, Ty Dolla Sign, Kid Cudi, Jeremiah and 070 Shake, among others. West produced the album in its entirety, with additional production by Mike Dean who serves as a co-executive producer as well as Francis and the Lights, Benny Blanco, Irv Gotti, 7 Aurelius, Noah Goldstein,Che Pope, Caroline Shaw, Pi’erre Bourne and Ty Dolla Sign, among others.

Ye is the second of five seven-track albums produced by West in what have been referred to as the “Wyoming Sessions” and set to be released weekly following the release of Pusha T’s Daytona. The album preceded the release of West’s collaboration with Kid Cudi titled Kids See Ghosts, Nas “Nasir” and Teyanna Taylor’s K.T.S.E The album was supported by the lead single “Yikes”. Ye received generally positive reviews from music critics and became West’s record-equalling eighth consecutive album to debut at number-one on the US Billbroad 200 .

Upon its release, every song on the album managed to enter the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Yikes” reaching number 8. The album has since been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA). In April 2012 West began dating reality star and long term friend Kim Kardashian they became engaged in October 2013and married May 24th 2014 at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy their private ceremony was subjected to widespread mainstream coverage with West taking issue with couples portrayal in the media. They have three children North”Nori” West born June 2013, Saint West born December 2015 and Chicago West born January 2018 of a surrogate pregnancy.

In April 2015 the West’s travelled Jerusalem to have North baptized in the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Cathedral Of St. James. The couples high profile status and respectively careers have resulted in their relationship becoming subject to heavy media coverage. The New York Times referred to their marriage as “A Historic Blizzard Of Celebrity”. In September 2018 West’s announced they will be permanently moving to Chicago and will establish his Yeezy company headquarters in the city

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