Kanye WestMusic Producer / Rapper
Born: 8 June 1977
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Best known as: Producer and rapper of "Through the Wire"
Beatmaking music producer Kanye West's 2004 debut album, The College Dropout, jumped to the top of the charts and earned him 10 Grammy nominations in 2005. Raised in Chicago, West got his start in the business as a producer. His mixes and beats drew the attention of Jay-Z, who hired him to produce songs for The Blueprint (2001). After producing for stars such as Ludacris, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx, West began work on his first solo album as a rapper. The College Dropout featured the hits "Jesus Walks" and "Through the Wire," the latter a reference to a car accident West had in October of 2003 (he recorded the song while his jaw was wired shut). The album ended up winning three Grammys, including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song ("Jesus Walks"). In 2005 he released Late Registration, which included the hit song, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" and featured guest appearances by Jamie Foxx and Jay-Z. The album earned 8 Grammy nominations and West won three, for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance (for "Gold Digger") and Best Rap Song ("Diamonds From Sierra Leone").
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