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The thrilling rollercoaster of Kanye West’s life and career

He kicked off his presidential campaign by slamming Harriet Tubman

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  • Slide 2 of 30: Following the surprising announcement of his presidential bid, which placed him against his pal Donald Trump, Kanye kicked off his "Birthday Party" campaign with a rally in South Carolina on July 19. According to TMZ, it was unorganized and incoherent.
  • Slide 3 of 30: Kanye claimed Harriet Tubman "never actually freed slaves, she just had the slaves go work for other white people," to which the crowd booed, likely remembering his "slavery was a choice" moment.
  • Slide 4 of 30: West also delivered his anti-abortion views through a tearful recollection of how his mother had him against his father's wishes, and how he hadn't wanted then-girlfriend Kim to go through with her first pregnancy, North. He said afterward that Kim may want to divorce him after revealing these personal details.

Kanye West is a force to be reckoned with. The star has been in the game for more than 15 years, though for many it’s hard to remember the entertainment industry without him in it. While he’s known for his many talents, including his producing and rapping, he’s also been in the news increasingly as of late due to his controversial comments and political views.

Let’s break it down.

Professional life

He began his musical career as a producer for Roc-A-Fella records in the early 2000s, which meant producing for names like Jay-Z, Common, Ludacris, and numerous other stars. However, he clearly wanted to break into the scene himself, which he did in 2004 with ‘College Dropout.’ Since then, he’s released eight studio albums, with a ninth on the way this year. Not to mention the numerous albums for other artists he has continued to produce, with Kanye’s name sure to draw in some major attention.


Kanye West married Kim Kardashian in 2014. Together they have built an empire, with Kanye getting into a variety of business ventures, as well as appearing on his wife’s reality TV show, ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians.’ They have also had four children in the meantime, the most recent born via surrogate.

Controversial Commentary

While Kanye may be hailed for his musical success, he has also often been criticized for his controversial statements and behavior. While his comments surrounding current US President Donald Trump‘s policies may be getting the attention more recently, it’s not the first time West has gotten political. He also shocked fans everywhere when he claimed that former President George W. Bush didn’t care about black people, this in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. And this is not even mentioning the infamous TMZ slavery interview…

Then to prove he’s still full of surprises, Kanye West announced in early July that he would be running to become President of the United States in 2020. While there were doubts that he would follow through, Kanye held his first presidential rally on July 19, where he stirred up even more controversy with his comments about Harriet Tubman, abortion, and the possibility of Kim divorcing him.

If you want to get to know more about the rapper’s ups and downs, as there have assuredly been many, click through the following gallery for a look at the rollercoaster that is Kanye West!

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