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Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American hip
hop musician, songwriter, record producer, film director,
and fashion designer.
West first gained prominence as a producer for Roc-A-Fella
Records; he achieved recognition for his work on rapper
Jay-Z's The Blueprint (2001), as well as hit singles
for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris,
and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally
used high-pitched vocal samples from soul songs incorporated
with his own drums and instruments. He later broadened
his influences to include '70s R&B, baroque pop,
trip hop, arena rock, folk, alternative, electronica,
synthpop, industrial, and classical music.
West was raised in a middle-class household in Chicago,
Illinois and began rapping in the third grade, becoming
involved in the city's hip hop scene. West attended
art school for one semester before dropping out to
pursue music entirely in the late 1990s. Although
his real desire was to become a rapper, record executives
did not take West seriously, viewing him as a producer
first and foremost. After being signed to Roc-A-Fella
in 2002, West released his debut album The College
Dropout in 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim.
The baroque-inspired Late Registration followed in
2005, and Graduation in 2007. West switched rapping
for singing on his dark 2008 effort 808's & Heartbreak,
and embraced maximalism on 2010's My Beautiful Dark
Twisted Fantasy. Following several collaborations,
West released his sixth album, Yeezus, in 2013.
West is one of the best-selling and among the most
awarded artists in popular music. Several of his studio
albums, most prominently Late Registration and My
Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, have been ranked by
music critics as among the greatest records of all-time.
West's background and style, upon his debut, deviated
from the then-dominant "gangster" persona
in hip hop, but he would later alter the genre stylistically
as rappers adopted his alternative aesthetic. An outspoken
and controversial celebrity, West has often been the
source of incidents at award shows, and his dapper
and flamboyant fashion sense has also attracted media
attention and set West apart from other rappers. West
runs his own record label, GOOD Music, has directed
several short films, and is also a fashion designer.
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