Kanye Omari West (; born June ,8 1977) is an American rapper, singer, and record producer. West first rose to fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, where he eventually achieved recognition for his work on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint, as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally used pitched-up vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments. However, subsequent productions saw him broadening his musical palette and expressing influences encompassing '70s R&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, folk, alternative, electronica, synth-pop, and classical music.
West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008, his fifth album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" in 2010, "Watch The Throne" a collaborative album with fellow rapper and friend Jay-Z, and in 2013 his sixth album Yeezus. His six albums have received numerous awards, including a cumulative twenty-one Grammys, and critical acclaim. All have been very commercially successful, with Yeezus becoming his fifth consecutive #1 album in the U.S. upon release. West also runs his own record label GOOD Music, home to artists such John Legend, Common and Kid Cudi.
"Monster" is the second single from Kanye West's fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It features Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and Nicki Minaj. The song was first released as a free download through West's G.O.O.D. Friday's initiative, in which the rapper showcases an new unreleased song for free every Friday.
The single contains snapping synth-splashed beat's as each rapper takes their turn at spitting over the track. Nicki Minaj contributed to the song with 32 bars and recorded the track in Hawaii, after writing it on the plane-ride there. Rapper & collaborator Rick Ross praised Nicki Minaj's verse by stating "That was the day Nicki Minaj earned my respect as a lyricist. Before that day she was a great entertainer, but for me to get in the studio with my own two eyes and see her write her verse, I knew that was gonna be one of the greatest verses of this year."
The song was performed at Jay-Z's and Eminem's "Home and Home" concert in the new Yankee Stadium. Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West, performing the West's house of horrors posse cut "Monster." Kanye West wore the exact same outfit he did for his 2010 MTV Video Music Awards performance and his subsequent Saturday Night Live performance, as well as at many of his other performances, a red suit accessorized with his gold Egyptian necklace and his signature red Louis Vuitton Don shoes.
Kanye West's mascot, "Dropout Bear" at the POP LIFE exhibit at the Tate Modern