1. His full name is Kanye Omari and he was born in 1977
2. Kanye West’s trademark is “Dropout Bear which has appeared on 3 of his albums
3. His mother was his manager
4. At the age of 10, Kanye moved with his mother to China
5. When asked about his grades in high school, West replied, “I got A’s and B’s. And I’m not even frontin'”
6. He dropped out of colleague to focus on his music career.
7. West got his big break in the year 2000, when he began to produce for artists on Roc-A-Fella Records
8. To create the beat for “This Can’t Be Life”, he sped up the drum beat from Dr. Dre’s song Xxplosive
9. On October 23, 2002, West was involved in a near fatal car crash while driving from a recording studio in Los Angeles. The crash provided inspiration for West’s first single, “Through the Wire”.
10. Kanye and his mother founded the “Kanye West Foundation” in Chicago in 2003, tasked with a mission to battle dropout and illiteracy rates, while partnering with community organizations to provide underprivileged youth access to music education.[
11. Kanye stated that Wu-Tang Clan producer RZA influenced him in his style
12. He cites Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Keane, Radiohead, Kaiser Chiefs and Modest Mouse as some of his favorite musical groups.
13. He was previously engaged to designer Alexis Phifer
14. West’s mother, Donda West, died of complications from cosmetic surgery involving abdominoplasty and breast reduction
15. At a December 2008 press conference in New Zealand, West spoke about his mother’s death for the first time saying “It was like losing an arm and a leg and trying to walk through that,”
16. During a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina, Kanye deviated from the prepared script and ended up saying “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Former President George W Bush stated in an interview that the comment was “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency
17. At the American Music Awards of 2004, West stormed out of the auditorium after losing Best New Artist. He later commented, “I felt like I was definitely robbed, I was the best new artist this year.”
18. President Obama called him a “jackass” after the Taylor Swift incident
19. Village Voice Media senior editor Ben Westhoff dubbed West the greatest hip hop artist of all time
20. Kanye has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all-time