Kanye West

Kanye West

Educational Background and Location

Chicago State University, American Academy of Art, Chicago IL

Brief Personal Bio

Kanye West's mom died at the age of 58 due from heart disease afte surgery in 2007. Her death highly affected West musically. West struggled to be taken seriously as a rapper because he didn't have the street/gang credentials that most did at the time.

These are a Few of Their Favorite Things

  • Favorite Color--Green

  • Favorite Food--Fried chicken 

Common Literary Elements/Structure/Themes in their Work

Kanye West's rhymes, are generally on the simpler side and "raps consists of shorter multisyllabic or single syllable rhymes coming at the end of sentences that aren’t dropped overly often, and are always in the same order...his sentence structure largely follows the bar line, and his rhymes are through-composed, making no use of rhythmic phrases".

Link to Matching PP Guides/Glossary Terms



http://www.powerpoetry.org/actions/7-steps-addressing-post-racial-myth http://www.powerpoetry.org/actions/7-tips-writing-rap





What does it mean if you were matched to this artist? Why is it important?

When matched to Kanye West, you are matched to an artist who includes many of the similar techinques you put in your piece. For example, your piece might include clever rhymes that are used in your literary work with great precision. This may be an element of your poem (or main element). It is important to recognize the similarity you have to this artist because it helps you understand more of the style of your literary work. In this instance, your work would most likely contain techniques that are similar to West's and recognizing this could help to further develop your style and approach at writing poems.

Literary Value

Kanye West's lyrics consist of "shorter multisyllabic or single syllable rhymes" that are composed with great measure and precision.

List of Albums / Artist Spotify Link

The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, The Life of Pablo


Social Handles (Links)


(deleted his social media accounts)