At age thirteen, West wrote a rap song called "Green Eggs and Ham" and began to persuade his mother to pay an hour for time in a recording studio.It was a small, crude basement studio where a microphone hung from the ceiling by a wire clothes hanger. soon became West's mentor, and it was from him that West learned how to sample and program beats after he received his first sampler at age 15.Growing up in Chicago, West became deeply involved in its hip hop scene.He started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade, eventually selling them to other artists.His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to widespread media coverage.West is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University before retiring to serve as his manager.West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, where she was teaching at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program.According to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it.
His more scrutinized comments include his off-script denunciation of President George W.
His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016.
West's outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant mainstream attention.
After attending a series of promotional photo shoots and making some radio appearances, The Go-Getters released their first and only studio album World Record Holders in 1999.
The album featured other Chicago-based rappers such as Rhymefest, Mikkey Halsted, Miss Criss, and Shayla G.