Music ID: Kanye West

Fashionable musicians, who fascinate us with their music and style.

Text: Giota Dendrinou

First of all, to set the record straight I’m not a big fan of hip-hop; I have a difficulty in recognising the artists and, certainly, I lack in information about their songs and albums. But, I have to admit that I have always been fascinated by Mr. Kanye West. Be it his music, which breaks the boundaries of the classic hip-hop songs, containing influences from electronic, alternative and even classical music or his impeccable taste in fashion, I have always admired his career through the years.

Kanye made hid debut back in 2004 and until 2010 he has released another 4 solo albums. All of his albums have gone platinum and 3 of them (The College Dropout, Last Registration, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) have been included by Rolling Stone in the list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Although he is a hip-hop musician, West has stated that he prefers rock music outside of work. The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand are some of his favorite groups. Moreover, he is a fan of indie music and promotes bands of this genre. An example is his collaboration with the group N.A.S.A., Santigold and Lykke Li for the song “Gifted”.

Despite his success in the music industry, Kanye has made his mark in the fashion world, too. Not only with his style that caught the eye of many street style photographers such as Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist, and was named one of Top 10 Most Stylish Men in America by GQ, but also with his collaborations and personal clothing lines. His curriculum includes his own line Pastelle, jewellery collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and his own shoe release by Nike, Air Yeezy.

The French fashion house Louis Vuitton tapped Kanye West in collaboration back in 2009, in order to design his first shoe line. Kanye talked about the influence behind the line in Dazed Digital saying “They’ve got a sci-fi influence with this flap up at the back. It came from a scene in ‘Dune’ where there was this jacket with a huge collar. Also Japanese pop art.”

But in October 2011, he took his love for fashion one step forward. Without any previous fashion studies, he launched his women’s fashion label, DW Kanye West. In his collections he always shows a preference for black leather and colors like white, ivory and beige.

His latest music project was a collaborative album with Jay-Z titled “Watch the Throne” , which cover and artwork were created by the Italian designer Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy. One of the album’s single is No Church in the Wild and responsible for the video is the Greek French director Romain Gavras, also known from his work with the artist M.I.A.

West hasn’t announced any plans for the future yet, but I’m pretty sure that such a prolific artist won’t disappoint us in the future, be it a new album or his next clothing line, he is always ready to surprise the world.