The EnterPAINent Industry: Kanye West
Kanye Omari West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, GA but he was raised in Chicago, Illinois. His father divorced his mom when he was only three years old. There in Chicago, he and his mom stayed in a middle-class neighborhood in Oak Lawn, Illinois. By the time he turned 10, west relocated three times. This time it was not the united states. He lived in China. A young west in school often stood out. He was the only foreigner in his class. He learned multiple languages early in his life. He demonstrated his love for art as well. He was doing things that it takes some years to do at the age of five. His passion for any type of art was recognized. His mother wanted him to excel in it. As the years went on, west became more of a rapper. At thirteen, west was in the studio and his mom was supporting him. After his high school graduation, west attended school to perfect it. He was excelling in school as well, but he noticed a shortage in his musical abilities. As a result, he dropped out of school. He chose to pursue his musical dreams, but he displeased his mom who is an educator herself.
Not a gangster
West came into the industry as a college dropout and used it. That was his first album title, but he already was working. He developed a style that would speed up old vocals. West made his name as a ghost producer. No one knew who he was. He worked for a rapper named D-Dot. Since his album College Dropout was not able to be released because he was under D-Dot, he worked with others. He became a member and producer for a group called Go-Getters. West became known as a producer. He started doing it for well-known artists. West was among the elite. He also started doing features. In 2000, he got his big break as a producer, but he wanted to be a rapper. After a feature, it was not easy for him to be accepted. He portrayed an image that the labels did not like. They wanted him with an edge. So, after trying for some time, west signed with Roc-A-Fella records. That is where he released his first album College Dropout. West was signed as a rapper without having to be a gangster.
During working on his first album, west suffered a bad accident that almost took his life. He was driving late one night from the studio. He was so tired, he fell asleep at the wheel. As a result, he was in a head on collision. The collision seemed to put a hold on everything. His Jaw was shattered, and his mouth had to be wired shut. Despite it being a setback, West used it. The tragedy inspired West. In two weeks, he was in the studio despite his mouth being wired shut. The song he was recording he entitled THROUGH THE WIRE. The song was about the experience he was in. He said that experience helped him lay the foundation to that new album. The album was his medicine. It kept him focused on what he was doing, not on what he was going through. His incident did not only inspire him, it inspired others. He was determined to send out the message to others. He remixed, remastered, and revised the album before it was released but it leaked online before it. His creativity and single through the wire made it an anticipated album. By 2003 when it was released, the album was huge.
During his music, his mother passed. That pain inspired West more. He has become well known in the industry. Rap maybe his passion but he wanted to be known for more. In 2005, he made it official that he was launching his own clothing line. While he was doing his music, he was developing his clothing line. Unfortunately, in 2009 it was cancelled but west was not one bit discouraged. He collaborated with the Nike Brand. He released his own shoes called Air Yeezys. He also introduced his own shoe line. He loved creativity. Along with fashion, he had other business ventures. He founded a record label he called GOOD MUSIC a few years before. The label has released ten albums that all were successful. He owns the company KW foods LLC that helped him open fast food places around Chicago. In 2012, he announced and established of a company named after his late mother, Donda. The Kanye West foundation, architecture and more business ventures either founded or affiliated by west. He even did cameos in movies. Kanye West did not have any limits to his success.
West’s early childhood inspired him. He had to fight from since he was three years old. Today, west is one of the most inspirational artists the industry has seen in the twenty first century. He is praised by many critics in the music industry. From musicians to artists. West progressed music. He helped it get into the mainstream. He made hip hop larger than it already was. His unique personality as an artist many did not understand. Even his appearance. Some see the way that he approaches things and say things like HE IS LOSING HIS MIND just because they do not understand it. All his albums have gone platinum. He has the most consecutive studio albums to debut at number one on the billboard 200 ever. In response, he has obtained many awards for each of them. You could listen to his music and see that he put pride, dignity and integrity in it. He used his pain as inspiration. He saw the beauty in his storm.
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