Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, GA) is a Grammy-winning producer, a platinum-selling rapper, and a dick.
Like many rappers, West grew up in an upper-class Chicago suburb where his mother was chair of the state university's English Department. His mother passed on a rich vocabulary that West later put to use when he said, "The way Kathie Lee needed Regis, that's the way y'all need Jesus."
"Through the Wire"
In 2002, West was involved in a near-fatal car crash that inspired him to appreciate the frailty of human life and led him to write the only rap song in history to contain a reference to the movie "Vanilla Sky." Despite heavy reliance on a Chaka Khan sample, "Through the Wire" became West's 2nd Top 20 single.
Over the years, West has crafted a signature style built on clever wordplay and the incorporation of themes into his work that other rappers would deem childish, stupid, or "whack." These themes include "polo shirts" and "college."