Serving as an in-house producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, West produced records for other artists from the label, including Beanie Sigel, Freeway, and Cam'ron.
He also crafted hit songs for Ludacris, Alicia Keys, and Janet Jackson.
Because of his association with D-Dot, West wasn't able to release a solo album, so he formed and became a member and producer of the Go-Getters, a late-1990s Chicago rap group composed of him, GLC, Timmy G, Really Doe, and Arrowstar.
His group was managed by John "Monopoly" Johnson, Don Crowley, and Happy Lewis under the management firm Hustle Period.
At age thirteen, West wrote a rap song called "Green Eggs and Ham" and began to persuade his mother to pay an hour for time in a recording studio.
It was a small, crude basement studio where a microphone hung from the ceiling by a wire clothes hanger. soon became West's mentor, and it was from him that West learned how to sample and program beats after he received his first sampler at age 15.
West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, where she was teaching at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program.
West came to achieve recognition and is often credited with revitalizing Jay-Z's career with his contributions to the rap mogul's influential 2001 album The Blueprint.
He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, and in other public settings.
His more scrutinized comments include his off-script denunciation of President George W.
After attending a series of promotional photo shoots and making some radio appearances, The Go-Getters released their first and only studio album World Record Holders in 1999.
The album featured other Chicago-based rappers such as Rhymefest, Mikkey Halsted, Miss Criss, and Shayla G.