Exclusively Kanye West celebrates the Hip Hop star’s 45th birthday
Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential hip hop musicians of all time, as well as one of the greatest musicians of his generation, Kanye West celebrates his 45th birthday on June 8th.
Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, Kanye gained recognition as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing singles for several artists and developing the “chipmunk soul” sampling style. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, he released his debut studio album, The College Dropout (2004), to critical and commercial success. West subsequently founded his record label GOOD Music later that same year.
His journey has continued consistently with both commercial and critical success, culminating in his highly anticipated tenth album Donda in 2021 and its sequel, Donda 2 early in 2022.
Kanye’s outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant media coverage. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct on social media, award shows and public settings; as well as his comments on the music and fashion industries, U.S. politics, race and slavery. His Christian faith, estranged marriage to Kim Kardashian and mental health have also been sources of further media attention.
One of the world’s best-selling music artists, with over 160 million records sold, West has won 24 Grammy Awards, the joint tenth-most of all time, and the joint-most Grammy awards of any rapper along with Jay-Z.
He is frequently lauded as one of hip hop’s greatest artists, with his music among the most acclaimed. Enjoy that music right here on our dedicated station.
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