Kanye West: The controversial rapper making waves in music, fashion and politics

Kanye West was a popular culture leader long before he became one half of the largest celebrity power couple on the planet.

During his time in the public eye, the rapper produced some of the biggest hits of the last 20 years.

He has now shared court records in Los Angeles from his wife Kim Kardashian West, who he married in 2014.

When in 1977, West was inextricably connected with Chicago when he was born in Georgia and moved there with his mother after the divorce of his parents.

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West made his first foray into the music industry in the beginning of the 2000s, producing Roc-A-Fella Records from Jay-Z.

He nevertheless started working on his own material and became a solo artist with tracks including Jesus Walks and All Falls Down.

His song Through The Wire came in 2004 after a car crash that left him with a shattered jaw that had to be shut off during a reconstructive operation.

This track featured on his first album The College Dropout, which was released the same year for fascinating reviews and also a great commercial success.

In his career West has often been outraged and perhaps the most famous example was at the MTV Video Music Awards 2009.

In her acceptance speech for the best female video, the rapper snapped the microfone from the teenager Taylor Swift and declared Beyonce's Single Ladies (Put a ring on) "one of the best videos ever."

Barack Obama, then President of the United States, characterized the West as a "jackass."

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Since then, West has expanded his career beyond music and in 2015 he worked together with Adidas to develop a clothing cooperation with his Yeezy Boost trainers.

In 2015, the Glastonbury Festival headline also saw over 100,000 people sign a petition protesting his scheduled performance.

He proclaimed himself the "greatest living rock star in the planet" during his set with his wife looking on.

With Swift, West resurrected his feud in 2016 on his album The Life Of Pablo.

He said in the single Famous: "I feel like Taylor can still have sex.

Why? Why?

I made it famous for that bitch."

The song was described by Swift as "misogynistic," but Kardashian West shared a call clip between West and the vocalist in which she seemed to accept part of the lyric.

Later, after being admitted to the hospital, West cancelled 21 dates on the Life Of Pablo album tour.

The rapper then began to engage in political debate and announced that it would have been for Donald Trump if he had voted in US elections.

West died his blond hair before visiting Trump Tower to meet the reality star, who became a politician.

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For several years he remained a vocal supporter of the president and stated in 2018 that "the mob can't make me love him.

We are both the energy of the dragon.

He is my brother." He is my brother.

In the same year, West received broad criticism after saying that slavery was a "choice" in an interview with TMZ.

He also found that after liposuction surgery he had become addicted to opioids, which led him to need hospital treatment in 2016.

In 2020, West started distancing itself from Mr Trump as he began his own presidential claim.

He tweeted on July 4, "We must realize America's promise by believing in God, unifying our vision, and building our future.

I'm running for President of the USA."

However, West was not able to vote in several countries and his intention to run again in 2024 seemed to be evident in November.