Discover New Music

Last.fm is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your Last.fm profile Close window

Kanye West

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Biography

Chicago, IL, United States

Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a Grammy award winning rapper, producer, author, designer and singer.

He began making beats and rapping in the early 90s in Chicago, IL, United States when he formed the rap group Go Getters with Chicago natives GLC and Really Doe. He later gained nationwide popularity in New York when he began producing tracks for artists such as Jay-Z, Twista, Mase, Talib Kweli and Alicia Keys.

West’s style of production often utilizes pitched-up vocal samples, usually from soul songs, with his own drums and instruments. The first major label song he produced was The Truth by Beanie Sigel, and his first major release featuring his trademark vocal sampling style was This Can’t Be Life, a track from Jay-Z’s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. West said he sped up the drum beat of Dr. Dre’s Xxplosive to use as a replacement for his drums on This Can’t Be Life.

West has said that Wu-Tang Clan producer RZA influenced him in his style, and has said on numerous occasions that Wu-Tang rappers Ghostface Killah and Ol’ Dirty Bastard were some of his all-time favorites. Said by Kanye West: “Wu-Tang? Me and my friends talk about this all the time… We think Wu-Tang had one of the biggest impacts as far as a movement. From slang to style of dress, skits, the samples. Similar to the style I use, RZA has been doing that.”

Videos

Top Albums

Events

Add event

Listening Trend

3,975,678listeners all time
162,034,437scrobbles all time
#16 in last week’s chart
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history

Last.fm users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a Last.fm profile

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.
  • snake289

    @Wotamin but you were full on dickriding him

    53 minutes ago Reply
  • WillemKauf

    DEFEND YEEZUS

    2 hours ago Reply
  • StopMakeTheEyes

    the truth is the beck album that won the grammy was his worst since his harsh noise crap debut. beyoncé album was just okay, but in a poor musical year like 2014 that was the best we had

    3 hours ago Reply
  • Hitlers_Cum

    kenny death when

    3 hours ago Reply
  • Jovachan

    Eatin' Asian pussy, all I need was sweet and sour sauce

    yesterday evening Reply
  • SaraBeeJim

    I gotta feeling Kanye's next album will be completely different to Yeezus but I hope it isn't , Yeezus is my fav always

    yesterday evening Reply
  • jbp06c

    did anyone get an isis vibe from the all day performance at the brit awards? stay low stay low!!!

    yesterday evening Reply
  • Wotamin

    v lmao that's just lame. btw I don't even stan him but okay

    yesterday evening Reply
  • snake289

    v stan pls go

    yesterday evening Reply
  • Wotamin

    "the greatest dumbass of music history" your faves wish they had such an artistic, creative and genius mind like this man has.

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • Dumbangel

    "Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé" : this guy is nothing else but an asshole, the greatest dumbass of music history.

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • lovesoundd

    V this

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • night-mare95

    If someone says that he/she doesn't like Kanye, that someone should listen to MBDTF.

    Yesterday 9:06am Reply
  • GoatUser

    OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE OF ALL DAY WHAT NEED TO HEAR

    Yesterday 8:45am Reply
  • rogueguy94

    Devil In A New Dress hits so hard

    Yesterday 5:07am Reply
  • agentzerooo

    ALL DAY ALL DAY ?????

    Yesterday 6:46pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Too bad the ending instrumental on the presumed leak of All Day was all fake...Without it, the official release isn't really worth listening to..

    Yesterday 6:46pm Reply
  • will-neill

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rn0hDB6Z8k Worth the watch for any fan.

    Yesterday 6:02pm Reply
  • pastlives

    ALL DAY NIGGA

    Yesterday 5:59pm Reply
  • Indyalanjones1

    He killed it at the Brits. Although I'm not sure using the best MC's the UK has as backing dancers was a great idea

    Yesterday 3:55pm Reply
  • All 30947 shouts

Listening Now

Top Listeners