, singer, and record producer. West first rose to fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records
, where he eventually achieved recognition for his work on Jay-Z
's album The Blueprint
, as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys
, 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
, synth-pop, and classical music.
West released his debut album The College Dropout
in 2004, his second album Late Registration
in 2005, his third album Graduation
in 2007, his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak
in 2008, and his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010.
" Excuse me but, this verse has not been Russell Simmons approved uh-uh / you wont see it on Run's House"
"If I fall in love a girl goin to live on Rodeo / Until that day though she take the monorail / And I dont want no girl thats say n's to the eyo / make it more harder make me put some work in / you gets to flirtin / play it just perfect / fuck a drink imma buy the bar if your worth it'
"Aint nobody expect kanye to end up on top / they expected that college drop out to drop in and flop / then maybe he stop savin all the good beats for himself / Rockefellers only niggas that helped"
"Now is Kanye the most overlooked, yes sir / now is Kanye the most overbooked, yes sir / the fans want the feeling of A Tribe Called Quest / But all they got left is this guy called West"
"Im the GAP like Banana Republic and Old Navy / and ooh it come out sweeter than old sadie"
"And I was almost famous / Everybody loves Kanye / Im almost Raymond"
"Now I can let these dream killers kill my selfesttem / or use my arrogance as a steam to power my dreams / I use it as my gas so they say that im gassed / but without it id be last so I ought to laugh / So i dont listen to the suits behind the desks no more / you niggas wear suits cause you cant dress no more / you cant say shit to Kanye West no more / I rock twenty thousand people i was just on tour nigga"
"I Kan a Louis Vouiton don / Bought my mom purse now she Louis Vuiton mom / I didnt play the hand I was dealt I changed my cards / I prayed to the skies and I changed my starts / I went to the malls and I balled too hard / Oh My God is that a Black card / I turned around and replied why yes but I prefer the term African American Express"
"Brains, power and muscle like Dame Puffy and Russel / Your boy back on the sussel you know what Ive been up to / killing y'all niggas on tha lyrical shit / Mayonnaise, Color Blends, I push Miracle Whips"
"Man, I promise I'm so self conscious/Thats why you always see me with at least one of my watches"