Kanye West is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, record executive, and an influencer. He is one of the most critically acclaimed artists of the century. Kanye was born on 8th June 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Kanye rose to stardom after producing Jay-Z’s album The Blueprint in 2001.
Kanye faced a major car accident in 2002 after he started rapping to recover from it. After that, he started releasing his albums such as College Dropout and Late Registration, which made him a rapping sensation.
Early and Personal Life:
West was born in Atlanta and was raised in a middle-class family. His parents had a divorce when he was three, and he was living with his mother. His mother was a professor, and his father was an award-winning photojournalist. Kanye is married to the reality star and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian. Kanye has four children, namely North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm.
West has released about 137 singles and has charted 65 songs as features. He has sold 100 million digital downloads across the globe and around 9 million albums. He has been collaborating with various artists such as Rihanna, Datt Punk, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, and many more.
His collaboration with Adidas, called Yeezy, released the first sneaker in 2015, which sold out in minutes online on the release date. After that, he was tagged as a public figure and a brand influencer.
In 2016, Kanye achieved the tenth most top 40 hits male artist on Billboard. He has won many BET Awards for Best Video Director, Video of the Year, collaborations, etc. He has also won many VMA Awards for his songs from 2004 to 2016. West has won 21 Grammy’s, which makes him one of the top winners in history.
West has always spoken what he felt. He once said that President Bush did not care about Black People, and he was tagged as the most uncompromising artist.
Some controversies West has been a part of:
a) Interrupting Taylor Swift at MTV Awards in 2009: When Taylor Swift was giving the acceptance speech for Best Female Video, he interrupted her saying Beyonce was more deserving.
b) Leaves Nike for Adidas in 2013: He left saying Nike only wanted him as a brand and did not encourage his idea for Yeezys and hence moved to Adidas.
And there are many more that he has been a part of.
Forbes addressed Kanye’s net income at 1.3 Billion. He is tagged as a Billionaire by Forbes. West is in no.1 spot for the most Forbes earning Hip Hop artist. He receives 11% royalty from Yeezy. His footwear and apparel brand Yeezy brought about $1.5 billion in 2019. He also owns 300 acres of land in Calabasas in CA. He also owns a mansion in Beverly Hills with Kim.
Kanye and Kim are said to own a ranch in Wyoming, which estimates up to $14 million. He owns transportation facilities such as private jet, Lamborghini, and many more luxury brands. Forbes declared him as a billionaire.
After years the 42-year-old star has been given the title of billionaire stating he has a net worth of $1.3 billion. West has been featured before in the magazine, but he was not labeled as a billionaire. The journalists of Forbes said that there was not enough documentation for proving the fact that West is a billionaire.
Kanye recently texted Forbes saying his worth is $3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count. But after calculating the artist’s assets, including his sneaker collaboration, sales of his albums, properties, assets, and asset illiquidity, his final worth was declared as $1.3 billion. West was not really happy as he said that he felt Forbes had undervalued him.