Kanye West

by SheKnows
Aug 22, 2011 at 7:29 a.m. ET
Kanye West is seen here in typical Kanye garb: bold fashion, an attention-getting pattern, bling around his neck and shades covering his eyes.

1 /19: Kanye West and his Mom

1/19 :Kanye West and his Mom

Growing up, Kanye West could always been found next to his mother, Dr. Donda West, who emphasized education.

2 /19: Kanye West Early On

2/19 :Kanye West Early On

Early in Kanye West's musical career, he produced songs for a number of artists including Foxy Brown, Jermaine Dupri and Goodie Mob.

3 /19: Kanye West at Roc-A-Fella

3/19 :Kanye West at Roc-A-Fella

Kanye West began producing for Roc-A-Fella Records in 2000 and is now the only artist remaining on the record label formerly owned by Jay-Z.

4 /19: Kanye West and Jay-Z

4/19 :Kanye West and Jay-Z

Kanye West's big break came in 2001 when he was the lead producer for Jay-Z's legendary album "The Blueprint."

5 /19: Kanye's Debut Album

5/19 :Kanye's Debut Album

Kanye West's debut album hit stores in February of 2004 and quickly began racking up numerous accolades and is now considered by many to be one of the best hip hop albums of all-time.

6 /19: Kanye West's "Gold Digger."

6/19 :Kanye West's "Gold Digger."

The year 2005 saw Kanye West release his "Late Registration" album, which featured the hit song "Gold Digger."

7 /19: Kanye West on George Bush