Kanye West
Kanye West photographed during the Met Gala in New York City, on May 2, 2016. Getty Images


  • Kanye West recently got escorted by two Skechers executives out of the shoe company's office in Los Angeles
  • Following his anti-Semitic remarks and fallout with Adidas, Kanye was dropped from Forbes' billionaires' list
  • As a producer, Kanye has worked with several big artists, including Beyonce and Mariah Carey

Kanye West recently got escorted by two Skechers executives out of the shoe company's building in Los Angeles. According to a report, Kanye came to the building "unannounced and without invitation." The company claimed in a statement that the hip-hop superstar and music producer engaged in an "unauthorized filming." He got escorted out of the premises following a brief conversation.

Kanye's visit to Skechers happened a day after Adidas ended their partnership with "immediate effect." This came after he showed up in public wearing a t-shirt that said, "White Lives Matter" — a phrase categorized as a hate slogan.

Before these events, the musician said in a podcast, "I can say anti-Semitic s*** and Adidas cannot drop me," as he made hot tirades against the Jewish people. Kanye even tweeted that he would "go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE." Twitter took down the controversial tweet.

Since then, companies such as Balenciaga, CAA, JP Morgan, Gap, TJ Maxx and Foot Locker decided to cut ties with the musician.

This is not the only instance the celebrated record producer and artist came under fire for his behavior. The controversies Kanye had been involved in the past were just as colorful and interesting as his life story.

Here are some interesting facts you might want to know about Kanye West, his personal life and his career.

1. Born Kanye Omari West, he is also known by the names Yeezy and Yeezus. He is now legally known as Ye.

Kanye West arrived  'unannounced and without invitation' at corporate offices of Skechers shoes, the company said

2. Other than being a rapper, songwriter and record producer, he is also a fashion designer and collaborator with numerous international fashion brands.

Rapper Kanye West speaks during meeting with U.S. President Trump at the White House in Washington

3. Following his anti-Semitic remarks and fallout with Adidas, Kanye was dropped from Forbes' billionaires' list. His net worth plunged to $400 million.

Rapper Kanye West holds his first rally in support of his presidential bid in North Charleston

4. Kanye is one of the world's best-selling musical artists, having sold more than 140 million records worldwide.

US rapper Kanye West (C), attends a fashion show during the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week, in Paris, on October 2, 2022

His most popular songs include "Stronger," "Gold Digger," "Love Lockdown," "Heartless" and "Diamonds from Sierra Leone."

5. In 2019, the artist decided to convert to the Christian faith, which also inspired him to rebrand his music.

Singer Kanye West walks past models after presenting his Fall/Winter 2015 partnership line with Adidas at New York Fashion Week

He released a line of Christian merchandise after that. His Sunday service also made it to the headlines due to the attendance of well-known personalities.

6. His hit song "Stronger" reached finality after 50 times of mixing.

Rapper Kanye West smiles during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss criminal justice reform at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018.
Rapper Kanye West smiles during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss criminal justice reform at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018. Reuters / KEVIN LAMARQUE

Being a perfectionist, he reportedly spent days perfecting the song, working with eight sound engineers.

7. Yeezy currently has a total of 21 Grammy awards.

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Kanye West, photographed at the 48th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2006, is among the most recognized artists in the award show’s history — but who is it that decides who wins and how do they come to that conclusion? Getty Images

He has also received more than 100 different awards from different prestigious award-giving bodies.

8. His 2008 Grammy-worn sneakers rank as the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

Kanye West's Grammy-worn Nike Air Yeezy sample
A Sotheby's representative holding Kanye West's Grammy-worn Nike Air Yeezy sample Sotheby's

9. Having created over 10 studio albums in his 20-year career, Ye is a witness to the shifts and changes in the hip-hop genre and the music industry at large.

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Kanye West performs during Puff Daddy and Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 4, 2016 in New York City. Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris

His music has also changed as he matured to become one of the most popular names in the music scene.

10. He lived in China for a year as a kid.

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Kanye West decided to kill his ego for his own good. In this photo, the rapper arrives at Trump Tower Dec. 13, 2016 as US President Donald Trump continues to hold meetings in New York. Getty Images/Timothy A. Clary

Ye studied fifth grade in China. This was when his college professor mother, the late Dr. Donda West, taught at Nanjing University as a part of an exchange program. She was a foreign expert in the People's Republic of China teaching English.

11. Yeezy is not just a music icon but also a burger mogul.

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Kanye West really enjoys watching “Rick and Morty.” In this photo, the rapper attends the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. Getty Images/Larry Busacca

He and his ex-wife Kim Kardashian owned multiple Burger King franchises in Europe. He bought 10 BK franchises in 2014.

12. Before Yeezy was with Kim, he was engaged in 2006 to Alexis Phifer, a fashion designer and stylist.

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PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 23: Kanye West and Julia Fox are seen on January 23, 2022 in Paris, France. Marc Piasecki/GC Images

His other former girlfriends include model and television personality Amber Rose and Russian model Irina Shayk. News recently broke that Italian-American actress-model Julia Fox broke up with him after realizing the musician was dealing with "unresolved issues."

13. Kanye survived a nearly fatal car crash in October 2002.

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Jay-Z thinks he and West need to have a dialogue about their issues. Pictured: West and Jay-Z arrive for the world premiere of concert film Jay-Z "Fade to Black" on Nov. 4, 2004 at the Zigfield theater in New York City. Getty Images/Frank Micelotta

He sustained serious injuries on his jaw, which required reconstruction surgery. The accident and his recovery inspired him to write "Through the Wire."

14. In 2015, Kanye received his honorary Ph.D. from a leading art school in the U.S. following his success in the music industry.

Kanye West's Yeezy Season 6 collection is not scheduled for New York Fashion Week. Pictured: West announces the future of his partnership with Adidas at Milk Studios on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Getty Images/Jonathan Leibson

The Art Institute of Chicago regarded his work as "imagination and aesthetically rich, and sometimes also provocative and controversial shifting the cultural landscape in significant ways."

15. He knew his album "808s" would be a hit.

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Here's everything we know about Kanye West and Drake's joint album. Pictured: Drake in New York City on Sept. 15, 2015 and Kanye West in New York City on Feb. 19, 2015. Getty Images/Grant Lamos IV, Mike Coppola

Kanye randomly chose Hawaii to record what would later become his hit album "808s." While at it, he found out that the area code for Hawaii was 808. The artist took it as a sign that the album was destined for success.

16. Kanye's name means "the only one" in Swahili.

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17. Michael Jackson once inquired about Ye's jacket.

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Kanye West debuted a new music video, preceded by a lengthy rant about a wide variety of topics including his fight with Taylor Swift during the 2016 MTV VMAs on Aug. 28, 2016, in New York City. Getty Images

Kanye is also a fashion icon with a very unique style. Even the King of Pop himself noticed this. Michael once called Kanye to ask about a jacket he wore in the "Stronger" music video.

18. As a producer, Kanye has worked with numerous artists, including icons Beyonce and Mariah Carey. Other collaborations include that of Jay-Z, Nas and Kid Cudi.

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Kanye West dedicated a recent performance to Kid Cudi, photographed together at the Yeezy Season 3 show in New York City on Feb. 11, 2016. Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris

19. The MTV VMAs Controversy

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Kanye West (L) jumps onstage after Taylor Swift (C) won the 'Best Female Video' award during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images

One of Kanye's biggest controversies was when he rushed to the stage of the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, claiming that Beyonce had "one of the best videos of all time," interrupting the speech of Taylor Swift, who won in the category.

20. When he got hospitalized in 2002 following a car crash, he requested a makeshift studio in his hospital room.

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Kanye West, pictured performing in New York City on Feb. 11, 2016, reportedly wants to work on music while in the hospital. Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris

Kanye's work as an artist is his top priority. He did the same thing in 2016 when he got hospitalized after a mental breakdown.

21. Besides writing songs, spitting bars and mixing music, Ye can also play the keyboard and drum machine.

Recording artist Kanye West performs during the closing ceremony for the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Ceremonies Venue in Toronto, Canada, July 26, 2015. Reuters/Matt Detrich/USA TODAY Sports

22. "The College Dropout"

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Kanye West pictured in Paris on March 6, 2015. Reuters/Charles Platiau

Kanye got himself a scholarship at Chicago's American Academy of Art. A year after, he transferred to Chicago State and took a degree in English. Later, he dropped out and produced his first album, "The College Dropout."

23. The Christmas before the release of his album "The College Dropout," he bought his mother Donda a Rolex.

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Fans want Kanye West to perform at the Super Bowl but there are better choices. Pictured: Kanye West performs in Austin, Texas on March 12, 2014. Getty Images/Rick Kern

24. Yeezy used to work several jobs in telemarketing and insurance companies. Talking to Playboy, he said he "was better than most of the people there."

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During a show in Florida, Kanye West called out Kid Cudi. Pictured: Kanye West at the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Getty Images/Kevin Winter

25. Kanye has once admitted his love for porn.

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In this photo, the rapper Kanye West performs during Harper’s Bazaar’s celebration of “ICONS By Carine Roitfeld” at The Plaza Hotel on Sept. 9, 2016 in New York City. Getty Images/Jamie McCarthy

The musician also shared that his addiction started at the tender age of five. Things changed when he converted to the Christian faith. "It's like, with God, I've been able to beat things that had a full control of me," he said in an interview.

Kanye also admitted the idea of being a porn star once crossed his mind. "That career choice popped into my head once or twice. Which guy doesn't want that? Just sometimes in their life. This was my mentality before I was engaged [to former fiancée Alexis Phifer]," he once shared back in 2007.

26. He's vocal about his mental health struggles.

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Was Kanye West’s nervous breakdown all an act? Pictured: Kanye West on Aug. 30, 2015 in Los Angeles. Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian

In 2016, Ye got hospitalized due to depression, temporary psychosis and paranoia. He also admitted to suffering from bipolar disorder. In an interview with Vogue, the music producer shared that he goes through "manic episodes, which typically include paranoia."

27. After six years of marriage, Kanye and Kim filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences."

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend Harper's Bazaar's celebration of 'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' at The Plaza Hotel during New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 9, 2016.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend Harper's Bazaar's celebration of 'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' at The Plaza Hotel during New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 9, 2016. Reuters / Andrew Kelly

There were reports, however, that the hip-hop icon has been trying to win her back.

28. Yeezy launched "Kanye Travel Ventures" or KTV in 2008 through his official website.

Kanye West arrives for his private concert at the Nokia Theatre in New York City, Aug. 29, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Thayer