Music Minute: Kanye West

Jun 8, 2017

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."