2013 The Root 100

Kanye West releases his sixth album, Yeezus, and continues to make hits for other artists.

  • Influence: 227.3
  • Reach: 19.23
  • Substance: 7.2
  • Media Mentions: 19858
  • Internet Mentions: 86600000
  • Twitter Followers: 9820803
  • Kanye West

  • Recording artist drops latest album, Yeezus, and continues to produce mega-hits for others.
  • Job: Rapper, producer, designer, entrepreneur
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @kanyewest
  • Location: Chicago
  • Age: 36
  • Bio: A rapper with a keen sense of context, Kanye West always manages to keep 'em talking. And rocking. This Chicago envelope-pusher and fashion-follower presents as a great ball of contradictory genius: brash yet soft-spoken, sonic yet visual, street yet couture (or in the case of his Nike Air Yeezys, both), radical yet commercially viable. His latest and most experimental album to date, Yeezus, went gold like the six that preceded it, but his biggest impact on music this year is arguably his production of mega-hits like "Clique," and "Mercy" through his nine-year-old G.O.O.D. Music label (which counts artists like John Legend, Pusha T and Big Sean on its roster). Interestingly, West's biggest press this year was not about the music, but the two ladies in his life: girlfriend Kim Kardashian and daughter North West, who was born this summer. Visit his website.