Kanye: Face of Fiery Fame


Kanye West has been a controversial figure for years.

by Damian Kruger, Copy Editor

“Kanye West” (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer. He has been widely regarded as one of the most influential hip hop artists & producers. But, as time passes, Kanye’s fame and name have faded. To start, Kanye’s “big break” came when he became the producer for Roc-A-Fella Records during the 2000’s. However, Kanye’s initial recognition in the music industry was thought to be cut short due to a near-fatal car accident he suffered in 2002 (Money Inc). After falling asleep at the wheel on his way home from the studio, Kanye underwent jaw reconstruction surgery, having his mouth wired shut. What would have usually been the end for most artists from performing, Kanye wrote a new track on the spot. He ordered an electronic drum machine, to produce, “Through the Wire,” sung through his clenched teeth. Kanye then made the non-profit Yeezy Sunday Service, which were taken in by Adidas, increasing his wealth. Spreading his name around the world. He went on to marry Kim Kardashian, famous for her iconic TV show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” For Kanye, marrying Kim might have been the greatest business move he ever made, since Kim frequently supported his fashion lines with pop-up shows and through advertising on social media. During that time together they went on to have four children, before Kim filed for a divorce last year. But, the struggles and support he received throughout his life, ultimately lead to his downfall. 

Kanye was banned from the Grammys due to controversial remarks he made on live television, as well as on social media. The most controversial was the anti-semitic post he made about Jews. He had supported the events, violence, and discrimination towards Jewish people. This led to a number of reported incidents of assault, vandalism and harassment targeting Jewish communities and individuals in the United States. Because of this, his followers, community, and even sponsors, such as Adidas, began dropping Kanye. This was arguably his biggest mistake and arguably his ultimate downfall, giving him the name of the most critically acclaimed and controversial rapper/producer of the 21st century.