; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper
, record producer and singer, from Chicago, Illinois. He released his debut album The College Dropout
in 2004, his second album Late Registration
in 2005, his third album Graduation
in 2007, and his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak
in 2008. His first three albums have received numerous awards, and critical acclaim. All have been highly commercially successful, with 808s & Heartbreak
making his third consecutive #1 album in the U.S.. West also runs his own record label GOOD Music. Kanye West's
mascot and trademark is "Dropout Bear," a teddy bear which has appeared on the covers of three of his four albums as well as various single covers and music videos.