On June 8, 1977 Kanye West was born.
He rose to prominence being part of Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records, and with his 2004 debut album, “The College Dropout.” Ever since his 2004 debut album, West has released follow up albums that were both critically and commercially successful, with his most recent one being 2013’s “Yeezus.” Some of his hit singles have included “All Falls Down,” “Gold Digger,” “Diamonds from Sierra Leone,” “Stronger,” and “Mercy.” Throughout his career he’s been awarded countless awards and achieved countless recognitions. He’s won 21 Grammy Awards, ranked in Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” as well as sold over 21 million albums.
Besides his music, Kanye is known for his less-than perfect behavior. He has been known to be the catalyst of various incidents at award shows and in public. Some of his most known incidents included him going off script and critiquing President Bush at a Hurricane Katrina relief on NBC, stating that President Bush “doesn’t care about people.” Two of his most infamous incidents occurred at the MTV Video Awards. When he wasn’t chosen to open the award shows in 2007 (and Britney Spears did), West became visibly upset stating it was because he was African American, and later was seen on camera bashing MTV when he didn’t win an award that night. Two years later, West rushed the staged when Taylor Swift won the Best Female Video category for “You Belong With Me” over Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” As Swift was about to accept her award, West grabbed the microphone and began ranting on the upset, stating Beyonce had “one of the best videos of all time.” Beyonce would later go on to win the Best Video of the Year category for “Single Ladies,” and West was subsequently cut from the award show. His actions that day was heavily criticized by many in attendance, and those not in attendance, with President Obama even calling him a “jackass.”
In April of 2012, West began dating Kim Kardashian, and got married May of 2014 in Florence, Italy. The couple has one daughter, North West, born June of 2013.