Byline: Timothy Payton
There’s been hundreds and thousands of artists that have come and go, Many artists only make one major record, and then their out of the industry, these artists are known as “one-hit wonders”. All in all, there’s one artist that has defined the odds, and his name is Kanye West.
Kanye West’s birth name is Kanye Omari West. West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kanye’s home town is Chicago, Illinois. West is married to the famous Kim Kardashian. Kanye and Kim have one child named North West, and a child on the way.
Kanye West is known to be a rapper, record producer, public speaker, and fashion designer. West plays six major instruments. The instruments are vocals, keyboard, sampler, percussion, synthesizer, and piano. West is signed to Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam records. Kanye also has his own label call G.O.O.D Music.
West has worked with fashion brands like Nike, Louis Vuitton, A.P.C., and Adidas. West has a major shoe deal with Adidas. Kanye signed a $10 million dollar deal with Adidas. West was previously signed to Nike. Kanye left Nike, because Nike decided that they didn’t want West to be creative with his shoes anymore. Nike wanted to have the say in how Kanye’s shoes were made. Therefore both camps decided to split ways, and go on with other investments.
Kanye West’s mother is Donda West. Donda West earned a bachelor’s degree in English from, Virginia Union University in 1971. She also received her PhD from Auburn University in 1980. Donda was also a Fulbright scholar who studied in Nanjing, China. Kanye moved to China with his mother, and went to school and spoke Chinese with the other students. Donda West taught in the 1970s at Brown College in Atlanta.
Donda had served as chief executive of West Brands, which is the parent company of Kanye’s business enterprises, and Donda was chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation, it’s a nonprofit that works to decrease dropout rates and improve literacy. Donda was a professor and chair of the English Department at Chicago State University from 1980 to 2004, and West retired to become her son’s manager.
Kanye West has ten number one hits, so far in his music career. The first number song that went number one was “Jesus Walks”. His second number one song was “Through the Wire”. The next eight were all number one songs like “Gold Digger”, “Hey Mama”, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, “Mercy”, “Blood on the Leaves”, “Runaway”, “Heartless”, and “Diamonds”. I’m for certain that Kanye has many more number one songs in store.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have a happy marriage. Both represent the word that my generation likes to say “Goals”. Kim has four sisters and one brother. Her sister’s names are Khole. Kourtney, Kylie, Kendall, and their brother Rob. Kim’s mother and manager is Kris. Oh and by the way Kanye is running for President in “2020”.