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Kanye Omari West is a rapper, record producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. West began gaining prominence in 2001 when he worked as producer on Jay Z’s album The Blueprint. He also produced hit singles for artists Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson the same year. West began rapping when he was in the third grade. He has sold nearly 22 million albums and 67 million digital downloads. He has accumulated 21 Grammy awards which makes him the most Grammy-awarded artist of his age and one of the most awarded artists of all time. West’s business ventures and award winning records have earned him a net worth of $90 million.
Kanye West earned his first production credits in 1996 at the age of 19. Despite his early success as a producer, West still aspired to be a rapper. In 2002 West was in a car accident when he fell asleep at the wheel after leaving the recording studio late one night. Although his jaw was wired shut he spent the next year recording songs for his debut album, The College Dropout. The album was leaked months before its scheduled release and West used the opportunity to completely review the album. Due to his perfectionism, the album was postponed three times before its eventual release in August of 2003. The album would go on to sell 7.3 million copies and earn West $11.5 million.
His second album, Late Registration, took over $2 million and a year and a half to create. It was released in 2005. In the midst of steadily declining CD sales, Late Registration sold over 3 million copies and added $3 million to West’s bank account. His clothing line Pastelle Clothing debuted in the spring of the following year. It ended up being cancelled in 2009 due to lack of sales. In 2007 West released his third album, Graduation, on the same day that rapper 50 Cent released his album Citrus. West’s album won by a large margin, selling almost 1 million copies its first week. It ended up selling 2.5 million copies overall and earned West $5 million.
Kanye West embarked on his Glow in the Dark Tour in 2008 which grossed $30.8 million. His new album 808s & Heartbreak was released in November of that year. It sold 1.7 million copies and brought in $3.5 million for the rapper. Although the album was criticized prior to being released, it had a major effect on hip hop music. Rolling Stone magazine said, “Now that popular music has finally caught up to it, 808s & Heartbreak has revealed itself to be Kanye’s most vulnerable work, and perhaps his most brilliant.”
West took a brief break from the spotlight in 2009 after his infamous stunt at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when he stole the stage from fellow artist Taylor Swift. He used the time off to focus on fashion design as well as writing and recording his next album. He collaborated with Nike that year and released Air Yeezys, his own athletic shoe. He also debuted the shoe line he designed for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion week that year.
He released his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in late 2010. The album went platinum in the U.S., selling 1.3 million copies and earning West another $3 million.
In 2011 he released a collaboration album with Jay Z called Watch the Throne and they also embarked on a tour of the same name later that year. The tour grossed $48.3 million and the album earned West $2.5 million. In October of 2011 his women’s fashion label DW Kanye West premiered at Paris Fashion Week.
In 2012 he released a compilation album entitled, Cruel Summer, which was a collection of tracks from the artists at his record label GOOD Music. He also directed a film by the same name that debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. His sixth and most recent album, Yeezus, was released in June of 2013 and debuted in the number one spot. It sold 630 thousand copies and earned West another $1.5 million. He embarked on the Yeezus Tour in 2013 to promote the album and it ended up grossing $25 million.
Kanye West’s assets include three homes and five cars. His list of real estate consist of his $3.3 million home in Beverly Hills, the $11 million Bel-Air home he shares with his wife Kim Kardashian, and his $4.5 million dollar New York apartment. His cars include his $450,000 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, his $400,000 2012 Lamborghini Aventador, his $250,000 Aston Martin D89, his $200,000 Lamborghini Galardo, and his $125,000 Mercedes G500,
Whether you love him or hate him, you cannot deny that Kanye West is a gifted artist with a great head for business. Although he is certainly one of the most controversial celebrities of our time, he is also one of the most talented. Forbes magazine has reported that West raked in a whopping $30 million from June of 2013 to June of 2014 and it doesn’t look like he has any plans of stopping.