The thrilling rollercoaster of Kanye West's life and career

The presidential candidate received around 60,000 votes across 12 states

Stars Insider

04/11/20 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Retrospective

Kanye West is a force to be reckoned with. The star has been in the game for more than 15 years, though for many it's hard to remember the entertainment industry without him in it. While he's known for his many talents, including his producing and rapping, he's also been in the news increasingly as of late due to his controversial comments and political views.

Let’s break it down.

Professional life

He began his musical career as a producer for Roc-A-Fella records in the early 2000s, which meant producing for names like Jay-Z, Common, Ludacris, and numerous other stars. However, he clearly wanted to break into the scene himself, which he did in 2004 with 'College Dropout.' Since then, he's released nine studio albums, not to mention the numerous albums for other artists he has continued to produce.


Kanye West married Kim Kardashian in 2014. Together they have built an empire, with Kanye getting into a variety of business ventures, as well as appearing on his wife's reality TV show, 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians.' They have also had four children in the meantime, the most recent born via surrogate.

Controversial commentary

While Kanye may be hailed for his musical success, he has also often been criticized for his controversial statements and behavior. While his comments surrounding current US President Donald Trump's policies may have gotten attention more recently, it's not the first time West has gotten political. He also shocked fans everywhere when he claimed that former President George W. Bush didn't care about black people, this in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. And that's not even mentioning the infamous TMZ interview where he talked about slavery...

Then to prove he's still full of surprises, Kanye West announced in early July that he would be running to become President of the United States in 2020. While there were doubts that he would follow through, Kanye held his first presidential rally on July 19, and he continued to encourage people to vote for him. According to Deadline, at least 60,000 Americans voted for West, across 12 states.

But when you're Kanye West, why stop there? Several more episodes followed, including refusing to release any new music until his record company, Universal Music Group, and his publisher, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, free him from the deals. He also called himself Nat Turner and "the new Moses," and demanded a public apology from J. Cole and Drake. And we could go on...

If you want to get to know more about the rapper's ups and downs, as there have assuredly been many, click through the following gallery for a look at the rollercoaster that is Kanye West!


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