Kanye West is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Chicago, Illinois. He first gained notoriety as a producer for Jay-Zâ€™s Roc-A-Fella Records as well as hit singles for artists such as Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. He released his debut album titled The College Dropout in 2004, followed by Late Registration in 2005. In 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013 he released Graduation, 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Yeezus respectively. His first five solo albums have all gone platinum, and as of 2013 West has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all-time.