Kanye West Producer Profile Bio

by Mike Lightner on January 28, 2007

“Now that I have a Grammy under my belt and Late Registration is finished, I am ready to launch my clothing line next spring.”

The producer/beat maker/rapper/political activist named Kanye Omari West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, GA. Kanye West then made it to Chicago at age three. Kanye West’s early production and beat making was mostly for small time artists in Chicago and his hometown area. After dibble dabbling around for a while, Kanye west made his first big collaboration called “Turn It Up” with Jermaine Dupri and Nas, this was a breakthrough for him and it featured on JD’s Life… In 1472 movie soundtrack. The song unlike most of his other beats relied on a sample-free style, basically the opposite of Kanye West’s diced drum-programming and sample-heavy tunes. Kanye honed and perfected his production skills under the training of Derrick “D-Dot” Angeletti.

Kanye West is often credited with revitalizing Jay-Z’s career because of his contributions on the rapper’s 2001 masterpiece The Blueprint. Not only did West lace the beats to Jay-Z’s ubiquitous anthem “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” and the introspective “Never Change,” Kanye was also responsible for the now legendary lyrical shots fired at Nas and Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), “Takeover.” As an in-house producer for Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella records, West also crafted beats for other ROC artists including Beanie Sigel. Though, Kanye West had also picked up some emceeing skills around the same time he began producing, it was a struggle for him to be taken seriously as a rapper. Record companies were not ready for a rapper whose past did not reek of dirty drug-dealing stories and bullet holes. After a series of meetings with Capitol Records, Kanye West was denied an artist deal. In a desperate attempt to keep their gifted producer from defecting to another label, Roc-A-Fella reluctantly signed Kanye West. Everything changed on October 22, 2003 when Kanye West was involved in a life-threatening auto accident. Due to the severe damage from that crash, his mouth was wired shut, presumably closing the chapter on Kanye’s emceeing dreams. Two weeks later, however, he sneaked out of his hospital bed and recorded “Through The Wire,” where he rapped with his mouth still wired shut. The song would later become the first single from The College Dropout, West’s critically acclaimed debut album. That debut album, The College Dropout (2004), was continually delayed while West continued to churn out big hits for the likes of Talib Kweli (“Get By”), Ludacris (“Stand Up”), Jay-Z (“’03 Bonnie & Clyde”), and Alicia Keys (“You Don’t Know My Name”). Then, just as “Through the Wire” was breaking big-time at the tail end of 2003, another West song caught fire, a collaboration with Twista and comedian/actor Jamie Foxx called “Slow Jamz” that gave the rapper/producer two simultaneously ubiquitous singles and a much-anticipated debut album. As with so many of West’s songs, these two were driven by somewhat recognizable sample-based hooks – Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire” in the case of “Through the Wire,” and Luther Vandross’ “A House Is Not a Home” in the case of “Slow Jamz.”

In late 2005, West followed up his well-received debut with Late Registration, which was co-produced by Jon Brion. While Brion helped add dense layers of instrumentation and adept musicianship to the album’s soundscape, Kanye’s social commentary and witty lyricism made the album an enjoyable musical ride. “George Bush Does Not Care About Black People”

Following the hurricane Katrina debacle, West deviated from a scripted teleprompt to announce on NBC that “George Bush does not care about Black people.” Touted by a mix of praise and controversy, West would go on to win three awards at the 2006 Grammy’s, a repeat of his 2005 feat and a confirmation of his undeniable talent and determination.

Albums

2004 – The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Released: February 10, 2004
Chart positions: #2 US
U.S. Sales: 3 Million
Last RIAA certification: 3x Platinum
Singles: “Slow Jamz”, “All Falls Down”, “Jesus Walks”, “Through the Wire”, “The New Workout Plan”

2005 – Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Released: August 30, 2005
Chart positions: #1 US (2 Weeks)
U.S. Sales: 3.6 Million
Last RIAA certification: 3x Platinum
Singles: “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”, “Gold Digger” (with Jamie Foxx), “Heard ‘Em Say”, “Touch the Sky Remix”, “Drive Slow”

Guest Appearances

Kanye has collaborated with numerous artists, including Twista on songs such as “Overnight Celebrity” and “Slow Jamz” (also featuring Jamie Foxx) ? the latter would reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, becoming the first number one hit for all artists involved. Other songs Kanye has featured on include:

“Welcome 2 Chicago” by Abstract Mindstate feat. Kanye West (2001)
“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” by Consequence feat. Kanye West (2003)
“Higher” by Do or Die feat. Kanye West (2003)
“Oh Oh” by Melbeatz feat. Kanye West (2004)
“So Soulful” by Consequence feat. Kanye West, Khayree, & John Legend (2004)
“03′ Til Infinity” by Consequence feat. Kanye West (2004)
“Take It As A Loss” by Consequence feat. Kanye West (2004)
“I See Now” by Consequence feat. Kanye West, & Little Brother (2004)
“Where You At” by Kanye West feat. The Game & Ludacris (2004)
“Getting Out The Game” by Consequence feat. Kanye West (2004)
“Gettin’ It In” by Jadakiss feat. Kanye West (2004)
“Turn Yourself In” by Consequence feat. Kanye West (2004)
“Get By (Remix)” Talib Kweli feat. Mos Def, Jay Z, Kanye West, and Busta Rhymes (2004)
“Overnight Celebrity” by Twista feat. Kanye West (2004)
“This Way” by Dilated Peoples feat. Kanye West (2004)
“Changing Lanes” by CHOPS feat. Kanye West (2004)
“Down And Out” by Cam’ron feat. Kanye West and Syleena Johnson (2004)
“The Food” by Common feat. Kanye West (2004)
“Talk About Our Love” by Brandy feat. Kanye West (2004)
“Confessions Part 2 (Remix)” by Usher feat. Kanye West, Shyne and Twista (2004)
“I Got A Love” by Jin feat. Kanye West (October 2004)
“Selfish” by Slum Village feat. Kanye West and John Legend (2004)
“Pusha Man” by Bump J feat. Kanye West, & Rick James (2004)
“Pusha Man Remix” by Bump J feat. Kanye West, Keyshia Cole, & Rhymefest (2004)
“I Change My Mind” by Keyshia Cole feat. Kanye West (2004)
“The Way That U Do” by Carl Thomas feat. Kanye West (2004)
“Talk About Our Love” by Brandy feat. Kanye West (2004)
“Crazy” by Aura feat. Kanye West, & Malice (2004 or 05)
“Fly Away” by Miri Ben-Ari feat. Fabolous, Kanye West, & Musiq Soulchild (2005)
“Number One” by John Legend feat. Kanye West (2005)
“Go” by Common feat. Kanye West (2005)
“Stay the Night” by Mariah Carey (produced by Kanye West) (2005)
“Extravaganza” by Jamie Foxx feat. Kanye West (2005)
“Brand New” by Rhymefest feat. Kanye West (February 2006)
“Tell Me When To Go (Remix)” by E-40 feat. Kanye West, The Game, and Ice Cube (2006)
“Back Like That (Remix)” by Ghostface feat. Kanye West and Ne-Yo (2006)
“Side 2 Side” by Three 6 Mafia feat. Kanye West and Bow Wow (2006)
“More” by Rhymefest feat. Kanye West (2006)
“Number One” by Pharrell feat. Kanye West (2006)
“Grammy Family” by DJ Khaled & Consequence feat. Kanye West, & John Legend (2006)
“Oh Drama Chamillionaire & Stat Quo feat. Kanye West (2006)
“Wouldn’t Get Far” The Game feat. Kanye West (2006)
“Tooth Pick” Talib Kweli feat. Kanye West (2006)
“Like This” DJ Clue & Fabolous feat. Kanye West (2006)
“In My Heart” Solange Knowles feat. Kanye West, & Jay-Z (2007)

References:

Jones, Steve. Kanye West, hip-hop’s writer-in-residence. USA Today.
Davis, Kimberly. “Kanye West hip-hop’s new big shot”, Ebony, April 2005.
Black History – Biographies – Kanye West. Newsmakers, Thomson Gale.
Artist: Kanye West Album: The College Dropout Song: Last Call. ohhla.com.
Kanye West calls for end to gay bashing. USA Today.
Rae, Kelly (2005-09-09). Stuff Style Icon of the Year. Stuff Magazine.
Kanye West’s karate busking. FemaleFirst.co.uk.
Kanye West knows karate. The Superficial.
http://www.answers.com/topic/kanye-west
http://www.who2.com/kanyewest.html
http://rap.about.com/od/profiles/p/KanyeWest.htm

Kanye West Links

Biography

Kanye West – AskMen.com
Kanye West profile from the online men’s magazine.

Rocafella
Great bio of Kayne.

Sing 365
Excellent biography of the hip hop star.

News

Google News
Searches thousands of news sources for the latest articles on West.

Kanye Talk
News related to the star.

Pictures

Kanye Talk
Live performances, photoshoots, and more.

SuperiorPics.com: Kanye West
Find rare images of Kanye West at SuperiorPics.com

Articles

Hip Hop Elements
Article about Kayne’s upcoming debut lp.

Pop Matters
Review of a couple of Kanye’s hard to find discs.

Lyrics

My Lyrics Central.com
Lyrics to all your favorite artists at My Lyrics Central.

MetroLyrics: Kanye West Lyrics
Get FREE Lyrics from MetroLyrics.com.

Lyred.com
Lyred has a nice site with a great selection of lyrics.

Absolute Lyric.com
Absolute Lyric has a great selection of lyrics.

HotLyrics.net – Kanye West
Find lyrics to your favorite songs at HotLyrics.net.

Mp3 Lyrics: Kanye West
Mp3 Lyrics Organized has a searchable collection of more than 200000 song lyrics.

Song Lyrics
Lyrics to a great selection of song lyrics.

Tabs

UltimateGuitar.com
Get tablature from this comprehensive tab site.

Videos

Rocafella
Watch a couple of Kayne’s videos here.

MTV – Kanye West
Watch full length Kanye West music videos from MTV.





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M....V....P May 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm

KANYE I NEED YOUR SUPPORT NEED TO JOIN YOUR LABEL I AM TALENTED BUT DO NOT HAVE THE MEANS

rashad sawyer June 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

trust my kanye am a hell of a good rnb hiphop soul versitle singer from the bahamas,am comein to live in miami december the first,i realy dont know no body over there but you an the stars i watch every time on tv,am on youtube search for (shaddyrnb)contact my cell phone number is 12425247169 trust me we can make hits better than michael jackson,thats how good am is in music,i perform everything,it takes to open up doors for me bro if you feeling me call me thankl you cuz

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