Kanye West
Kanye Omari West is an American rapper
Rapping refers to "spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics". The art form can be broken down into different components, as in the book How to Rap where it is separated into “content”, “flow” , and “delivery”...

, singer, and record producer. West first rose to fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records
Roc-A-Fella Records
Roc-A-Fella Records is a record label founded by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Damon "Dame" Dash, and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. Today it operates as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, and is distributed by Island Def Jam Motown Music Group.-Formation and Early Years:...

, where he eventually achieved recognition for his work on Jay-Z
Shawn Corey Carter , better known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, having a net worth of over $450 million as of 2010...

's album The Blueprint
The Blueprint
The Blueprint is the sixth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released September 11, 2001 on Roc-A-Fella Records in the United States. Its release was set a week earlier than initially planned in order to combat bootlegging. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2001 at Manhattan...

, as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
Alicia Augello Cook , better known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She was raised by a single mother in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York City. At age seven, Keys began playing the piano...

, Ludacris
Christopher Brian Bridges , better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper and actor. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings...

, and Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American recording artist and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 25 years...

. His style of production originally used pitched-up vocal samples from soul
Soul music
Soul music is a music genre originating in the United States combining elements of gospel music and rhythm and blues. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of...

 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
Baroque pop
Baroque pop, Baroque rock, or English baroque, often used interchangeably with chamber pop/rock, is a pop and rock music subgenre which originated in the mid-1960s in the United Kingdom and United States...

, trip hop
Trip hop
Trip hop is a music genre consisting of downtempo electronic music which originated in the early 1990s in England, especially Bristol. Deriving from "post"-acid house, the term was first used by the British music media and press as a way to describe the more experimental variant of breakbeat which...

, arena rock
Arena rock
Arena rock is a term used to describe rock music that utilised large arena venues, particularly sports venues, for concerts or series of concerts linked in tours...

, folk
Folk music
Folk music is an English term encompassing both traditional folk music and contemporary folk music. The term originated in the 19th century. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted by mouth, as music of the lower classes, and as music with unknown composers....

, alternative
Alternative rock
Alternative rock is a genre of rock music and a term used to describe a diverse musical movement that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular by the 1990s...

, electronica
Electronica includes a wide range of contemporary electronic music designed for a wide range of uses, including foreground listening, some forms of dancing, and background music for other activities; however, unlike electronic dance music, it is not specifically made for dancing...

, synth-pop, and classical music.

West released his debut album The College Dropout
The College Dropout
The College Dropout is the debut album by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released February 10, 2004, on Roc-A-Fella Records. It was recorded over a period of four years, beginning in 1999. Prior to the album's release, West had worked on rapper Jay-Z's The Blueprint , which showcased his...

in 2004, his second album Late Registration
Late Registration
Late Registration is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released August 30, 2005, on Roc-A-Fella Records. Recording sessions for the album took place over the course of a year at various recording studios located in New York City and Hollywood...

in 2005, his third album Graduation
Graduation (album)
Graduation is the third studio album by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released September 11, 2007 on Roc-A-Fella Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2005 to 2007 at Chung King Studios and Sony Music Studios in New York City and at Chalice Studios and The Record Plant...

in 2007, his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak
808s & Heartbreak
808s & Heartbreak is the fourth studio album by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released November 24, 2008 on Roc-A-Fella Records in the United States. Recording sessions for the album took place at Glenwood Studios in Burbank, California and Avex Recording Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii during...

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"

"Buy U A Drank",Buy U A Drank Remix

"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'

"Buy U A Drank",Buy U A Drank Remix

"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"

"Last Call", The College Dropout, 2004

"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"

"Last Call", The College Dropout, 2004

"Im the GAP like Banana Republic and Old Navy / and ooh it come out sweeter than old sadie"

"Last Call", The College Dropout, 2004

"And I was almost famous / Everybody loves Kanye / Im almost Raymond"

"Last Call", The College Dropout, 2004

"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"

"Last Call", The College Dropout, 2004

"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"

"Last Call", The College Dropout, 2004

"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"

"Last Call", The College Dropout, 2004

"Man, I promise I'm so self conscious/Thats why you always see me with at least one of my watches"

"All Falls Down", The College Dropout, 2004