KANYE WEST LIFE AND CAREER TIMELINE
Kanye West was born on June 8, 1977, hailing from Chicago, he spent several years in the background of rap music helping out with producing tracks for other rappers before hitting big as a solo rap artist.
October 2002: Kanye was injured in a car accident in LA.
November 2002: Kanye appeared on Jay-Z's LP The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse with the track "The Bounce."
January 2004: Kanye hit the Top 40 helping out Twista and Jamie Foxx with "Slow Jamz."
February 2004: Kanye released his debut LP The College Dropout. Kanye hit the Top 10 with Twista and Jamie Foxx with "Slow Jamz."
March 2004: Kanye hit the Top 40 "Through The Wire." Kanye appeared on Janet Jackson's LP Damita Jo with the track "My Baby."
April 2004: The College Dropout was certified platinum.
May 2004: Kanye hit the Top 40 with Syleena Johnson with "All Falls Down."
August 2004: Kanye was nominated for 6 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Male Video, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best New Artist, Breakthrough Video ("All Falls Down" with Syleena Johnson), Best R&B; Video ("Talk About Our Love" with Brandy), and the MTV2 Award ("Slow Jamz" with Twista and Jamie Foxx). Kanye also performed at the ceremony. Kanye began touring as the opening act for Usher's tour.
Ocotber 2004: Kanye won 3 Source Awards for Album of the Year, Video of the Year ("Through The Wire"), and Breakthrough Artist.
November 2004: Kanye was nominated for 3 American Music Awards including Favorite Breakthrough Artist, Favorite Rap Male Artist, and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Kanye also performed at the ceremony.
December 2004: Kanye's The College Dropout was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine's critics as the best album of the year. Kanye topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top New Pop Artist, Top New R&B;/Hip-Hop Artist, and Top Hot Rap Artist.
January 2005: Kanye could be heard on the soundtrack to Coach Carter with "Wouldn't You Like To Ride."
February 2005: Kanye won 3 Grammy Awards for Best R&B; Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("You Don't Know My Name" with Alicia Keys and Harold Lilly), Best Rap Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Jesus Walks" with C. Smith), and Best Rap Album (The College Dropout), and was nominated for Album of the Year (The College Dropout), Song of the Year (awarded to the songwriter) ("Jesus Walks" with C. Smith), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Slow Jamz" with Twista and Jamie Foxx and "All Falls Down" with Syleena Johnson), Best Rap Solo Performance ("Through The Wire"), and Best New Artist. Kanye performed at the ceremony.
March 2005: Kanye won a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist. The single "Jesus Walks" was certified gold.
May 2005: The single "All Falls Down" was certified gold.
July 2005: On July 2nd, Kanye performed in Philadelphia as part of the worldwide Live 8 concerts. The mission of the concerts was to raise awareness of the on-going poverty in Africa and to pressure the G8 leaders to take action by doubling aid, canceling debt, and delivering trade justice for Africa.
August 2005: Kanye announced that he felt hip-hop music and rap was getting too comfortable with using 'gay' as a negative and as the opposite of hip-hop, and wanted this to be stopped: "It was kind of like a turning point when (my cousin came out). I was like 'Yo, this is my cousin, I love him, and I been discriminating against gays.' But everybody in hip-hop discriminates against gay people... the exact opposite word of hip-hop, I think is gay... and I wanna just come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, 'Yo, stop it.'" The video for "Jesus Walks" won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video and was nominated for Video of the Year and Best Hip-Hop Video. Kanye performed at the ceremony. Kanye released his next LP Late Registration.
September 2005: Kanye appeared on a live NBC benefit show to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and went off-script to give his feelings about the slow response by President Bush; "George Bush doesn't care about black people." West also targeted the media: "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food." Kanye hit the Top 40 with "Gold Digger." Kanye topped the Billboard 200 LP chart, Top R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums chart for 3 weeks, and Top Rap Albums chart with Late Registration selling over 860,000 copies in the US its first week of release. The LP also topped the charts in Canada. Kanye topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singes chart, Pop 100 chart, Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, and Hot Digital Tracks chart with "Gold Digger." Kanye performed on Shelter From The Storm: A Concert For The Gulf Coast - a benefit program shown on all the major networks simultaneously to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Kanye performed on ReAct Now: Music & Relief - a benefit program shown on music video channels to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Late Registration was certified 2x platinum.
October 2005: Kanye performed on Saturday Night Live. Kanye hit the Top 10 and #1 for 2 weeks with "Gold Digger." Kanye topped the Billboard Pop 100 Airplay chart, Hot 100 Airplay chart, and Rhythmic Airplay chart with "Gold Digger." Kanye hit the Top 40 with "Heard 'Em Say."
November 2005: Kanye topped the Billboard Digital Songs chart with "Gold Digger." Kanye could be heard on the Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now compilation with "We Can Make It Better."
December 2005: Kanye had the #9 selling LP of 2005 with Late Registration selling over 2.4 million copies during the year.
February 2006: Kanye won 3 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Gold Digger"), Best Rap Song (songwriting with D. Harris) ("Diamonds From Sierra Leone") and Best Rap Album (Late Registration), and was nominated for Album of the Year (Late Registration), Record of the Year ("Gold Digger"), Best R&B; Song (writing Alicia Keys' "Unbreakable" with Garry Glenn, Keys, and Harold Lily), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("They Say" with Common and John Legend from Common's LP, Be). Kanye was also nominated a second time in the Album of the Year for his production work on Mariah Carey's The Emancipation Of Mimi. Kanye also performed at the ceremony.
Kanye appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. Kanye hit the Top 40 with "Touch The Sky." The single "Gold Digger" was certified 5x platinum and "Heard 'Em Say" was certified gold. Late Registration was certified 3x platinum. Kanye won a Brit Award for Best International Male Solo Artist.
March 2006: Kanye won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B;/Soul or Rap Video ("Gold Digger").
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