Kanye Omari West is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer, film director, entrepreneur and fashion designer.
Kanye West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of three, West's parents divorced and he moved with his mother to Chicago, Illinois. There he began rapping, becoming involved in the city's hip hop scene.
Now West is one of the best-selling and among the most awarded artists in popular music. West has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all-time and the most awarded artist of anyone his age. TIME has also named West one of the 100 most influential people in the world as well as being listed in a number of Forbes annual lists.
West has been in a relationship with reality star and longtime friend Kim Kardashian since April 2012. They have a daughter, North "Nori" West, who was born on June 15, 2013. West and Kardashian became engaged in October 2013.