A rapper, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer from the United States, Ye is also known as Kanye West. On June 8, 1977, he was given the name Kanye Omari West. Numerous people consider him to be among the greatest and most influential hip-hop artists of all time as well as among the best musicians of the twenty-first century. In the early 2000s, West first gained notoriety as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, where he worked on singles for several artists and invented the “chipmunk soul” sampling technique. West was born in Atlanta and reared in Oak Lawn, Illinois, a mostly white middle-class suburb. With the intention of starting a solo rap career, he put out The College Dropout (2004), his debut studio album, to critical and commercial acclaim. Later that year, he founded the record label GOOD Music.
John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, was born in the US on December 28, 1978. Along with playing the piano, he also works as a performer, songwriter, and record producer. He started out as a studio musician, providing uncredited piano for songs like Jay-“Encore” Z’s “You Don’t Know My Name” and Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything.” After that, he joined Kanye West’s GOOD Music and later released his debut album there, Get Lifted (2004), which reached number 10 on the Billboard 200 and was given a double platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Are Kanye West and John Legend still friends?
No, they are no longer friends. John Legend is speaking out about his breakup with a former friend and producer Kanye West once more in an effort to explain certain remarks he made last month regarding the reasons behind their falling out. The outspoken social justice activist said in a New Yorker feature that he did not believe friendships should be based on “who they voted for,” but rather that “some things you believe in are markers of your character, and certainly that will affect your connections.”