Kanye West is a Grammy-winning rapper and sought-after producer who is as well known for his outrageous statements as he is for his broad musical palette. West left college to pursue a musical career, producing tracks for Jay-Z while polishing his demo. He released The College Dropout in 2004, where it sold 2.6 million copies and won Best Rap Album. West is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 21 million albums and 100 million digital downloads. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all-time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his age.