On this day in 1977, Kanye West was born in Atlanta.
Although the artist made his name in Chicago, his family has deep roots in Atlanta.
His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and one of the first black photojournalists to work at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
His mother, Donda West, served as a professor at Morris Brown College. She passed away in 2007.
Besides his presidential aspirations, Kanye West has enjoyed a singular music career.
He’s won 21 Grammy awards and produced countless hit songs, including this one with Lupe Fiasco: “Touch the Sky."