Happy Birthday Kanye Omari West. Born June 8, 1977. West started earning his stripes as an in-house producer for Roc-A-Fella Records and became highly successful before branching out on his own. As a solo artist he has 7 Platinum artist to date. The last 6 have all topped the Billboard's Hot 200 Albums Chart. His 2nd album Late Registration is his most successful album to date.