Kanye West is a 21st-century phenomenon — a producer turned rap superstar who has reinvented hip hop several times over in the course of a stellar career. He has made headlines for his bizarre tweets and his grand pronouncements, his award-show stage invasions, his outré fashion sense and his flashbulb-popping marriage to Kim Kardashian. After spending time producing for local artists, he developed a signature style, dubbed “chipmunk soul,” characterized by sped-up soul samples. He spent a year and $2 million on his sophomore album, hiring an orchestra and working with the composer Jon Brion, who had never worked with a rapper before. After touring with U2 in 2005-06, he was inspired to make hip hop more anthemic, to be performed in stadiums and arenas. As of 2017 he has won a total of 21 Grammys. EliteColumn brings you 12 quotes from this famous rapper about life and achieving success.

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