Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, and record producer. West first found fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, most notably through his initial breakthrough on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint, as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally used pitched-up vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments, however subsequent productions saw him broadening his musical palette and expressing influences encompassing '70s R&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, folk, alternative, electronica, synth-pop, and classical music. West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, is third album Graduation in 2007, his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008, and his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010. His hardworking nature speaks for itself and he has unanimous artistic respect within the music community, and suffice to say... he is the future king. With to date a total of 12 Grammies and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy being his 4thconsecutive number 1 in the U.S. upon release who can deny him this title? His new album is his darkest yet with an array of collaborations from The King, Jay Z, to the next big thing, Nicki Minaj and is sure to scoop up awards aplenty.
Whilst oozing class, making his on stage performances look effortless, West also finds the time to run his own record label GOOD Music, home to artists such John Legend, Common and Kid Cudi. About.com ranked Kanye West #8 on their "Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers" list,he was crowned by MTV as the year's #1 "Hottest MC in the Game" and on 17 December 2010, Kanye West was voted as the MTV Man of the Year by MTV. There isn’t much this man cant do and My Beutiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has cemented his place as one of, if not, the hottest man in the game.