Kanye West

Soul-Fired Hip-Hop

From the Series USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

On his record My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, hip-hop superstar Kanye West “unleashes an array of flavors—old school hip-hop, progressive rock, R&B, classical music—and mixes and matches them,” says USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper. The paper describes Kanye’s songs as “sonic jewels.”

Since releasing his first album, The College Dropout, in 2004, Kanye has taken the hip-hop world by storm. He raps, he sings, and he dances, dazzling audiences with his unique musical style. People cheer when he takes the stage, but his socially conscious lyrics also make listeners think about what the words mean.

Kanye has caused controversy by speaking his mind on television and at award shows. But there’s no controversy when it comes to his talent. In the music industry, he is known as a quadruple threat because he works in four different roles: producer, rapper, beat-maker, and record label executive. Tall, handsome, and always stylishly dressed, he is also a musical innovator, fashion icon, and all-around hip hop rock star. Learn how this award-winning entertainer created his own musical empire.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 9.5
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN006050, YAN037040, YAN006000
Dewey 782.421649092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 1060
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Photo captions, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Kayla Morgan