Happy birthday to Kanye West -- the transcendent musical artist and fashion mogul is turning 44 today. Starting out as a producer sampling old tunes and chopping up beats for rappers like Jay-Z, Kanye — never content to be just a backroom player — transitioned to headlining act with his 2004 debut album The College Dropout, completely reinvigorating hip hop by defying the “gangsta-rap” conventions that dominated the genre at the time. In the years since, Kanye has remained one of music’s most beloved and controversial figures, never afraid to speak his mind and constantly reinventing himself as an artist. A documentary featuring never-before-seen home videos and footage of Kanye West is coming to Netflix in 2021.
“Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to God, and keep your face to the raising sun.” —