How tall is Kanye West? Who is his wife? What's his net worth? Here's everything you want to know about the controversial star.
Though he's known for his skills as a musician and producer, Kanye West is also an artist, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and reality television personality. He is just as famous for his controversial statements as he is for his music.
Regardless of his confusing personal politics or mental health issues, there is no denying that Mr. West is an industry titan. A real game-changer, his legacy in the world of music will be long-lived.
In fact, we mentioned his contributions to the success of many other musicians in our post on short rappers who've dominated the hip-hop scene.
Who is Kanye West?
Kanye Omari West was born on June 8, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois primarily by his mother, Dr. Donda West.
As an English professor, Dr. West was able to encourage her son's passions for poetry, writing, and art from an early age.
While Kanye West was awarded a scholarship to Chicago's Academy of American Art, he shortly transferred to Chicago State University to study English Literature. However, he quickly realized his academic studies were interfering with his music.
At the age of 20, West chose to drop out of college and focus on his music career.
Of course, since his mother was a professor at CSU, she was disappointed with Kanye West's decision to abandon college. Later, she admitted it was the right choice for her son.
“It was drummed into my head that college is the ticket to a good life… but some career goals don't require college. For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you.”
Since leaving college over twenty years ago, Kanye West has certainly been living a good life. He has created eight studio albums, from The College Dropout (2004) to Ye (2018). In addition to his own body of work, West has produced literally hundreds of records for all types of artists.
His Music Career
In the late 90s, West began working as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records. Later, he released his debut studio album, The College Dropout, under the same label. That album featured hit singles like “Jesus Walks” and “All Falls Down”.
In 2004, West released his second studio effort, Late Registration. The album features a few of his most popular songs like “Golddigger” and “Touch the Sky”.
West has continued to release albums throughout the past two decades. His most recent release, Ye, featured the lead single “Yikes”. The song peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Currently, West is working on his ninth studio album, Yandhi. A release date has not yet been announced.
West was and is one of the most prolific producers of our time. He remains one of the hardest working men in the game. During the course of his music career, he has been directly responsible for cultural changes in hip-hop as well as popular music at large.
He is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful artists of this century. He possesses a grand total of 21 Grammy Awards. Three of his albums appear on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The man is truly an artist, as well as an industry thought leader.
His Fashion Career
While West's primary occupation has always been “musician”, he's been interested in fashion for most of his career as well.
Naturally, he's known for his ongoing Yeezy streetwear fashion line.
However, he's been involved in the fashion industry since the early aughts, when he designed sneakers for Louis Vuitton. The Kanye West x Louis Vuitton kicks were known for their bright colors and obvious straps.
Later in 2009, Kanye West desired to learn more about fashion before launching his own line. He sought out an internship with Fendi under designer Virgil Abloh.
In 2012, West presented his first collection, DW by Kanye West, at a traditional runway show at Paris Fashion Week. The clothes he presented back then were more formal than his current streetwear designs.
In 2013, West teamed up with the French Brand A.P.C. for a line of casual wear, including rugged denim, sweaters, shirts, and coats. It was his first ready-to-wear collection.
After sitting out a few seasons, West revealed his first Yeezy collection in 2015 in New York City. The line continues to be a mix of basics and athleisure in neutral tones.
His stark presentation involves mostly unknown models in an outdoor location, unlike a traditional runway show.
How tall is Kanye West?
According to our sources, Kanye West is 5′ 8″ tall.
At five-foot-eight, he is still six inches taller than his wife, Kim Kardashian.
Who is Kanye West's Wife?
Kanye West began dating reality TV star, media personality, and influencer Kim Kardashian in 2012, shortly after her brief marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries.
West said the headline-making pair were “walking performance art”.
West and Kardashian tied the knot in 2014. On May 24 that year, the pair wed atop Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
Since becoming a Hollywood power couple, the Kardashian-Wests continue to elicit attention from fans and the media. The New York Times referred to their marriage as a “historic blizzard of celebrity.”
The couple has four children, North (5), Saint (3), Chicago (1), and Psalm (1 Month). The family splits their time between Hidden Hills, a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles, and Chicago.
And, yes, Kanye is taller than his wife. Kim Kardashian is quite petite, at just 5′ 2″ herself.
What is Kanye West's Net worth?
Though he made headlines just a few years ago about being $53 Million in debt, West's overall financial picture looks pretty good. He has an individual net worth of $250 Million.
His wealth comes primarily from his work as a musician, with some earned from his fashion collaborations.
Of course, his wife, Kim Kardashian West, is outrageously wealthy in her own right. Her individual net worth is estimated to be $350 Million. Her wealth is generated mostly from her makeup line, KKW Beauty, endorsement deals, and her reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
That's right, together the Kardashian-Wests are worth more than half a billion dollars.
With a successful career and a beautiful family, Kanye West is once again proving that men of modest height can make it to the top.