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Facts of Ray West

Full NameRay West
First NameRay
Last NameWest
ProfessionCelebrity Father
NationalityAfrican American
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
SpouseDonda West

Ray West is the father of the most famous American rapper Kanye West. He is an American photojournalist

Ray was also a member of Black Panther in the 1960s and 70s

He became the first African American man to excel in the field while working for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the 1980s

Besides that, Ray was also a medical illustrator and Christian marriage counselor

Some of his ideal works are a portrait of poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, photos of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, and pictures of President Ronald Reagan

Kanye is very close to his father, and they share a very good bonding.

Unhealthy Marriage

The famous hip-hop star parents, Ray West and Donda West were not together for long. 

Their relationship couldn't fight with all the difficulties and obstacles. 

Kanye was only three years old when his parents got divorced. After that, Kanye moved to Chicago with his mom

However, Ray and Donda were on friendly terms with each other. 

Kanye spent his school days in Chicago with his mom, but he spent the whole summer with his father to have the best time with each other. 

It was a difficult time for Ray because he was not able to meet all his financial needs

He had a fear that he couldn't be a good father to his son Kanye West.

Ray West son Kanye West and ex wife Donda West.
Kanye West with his mom Donda West. Source: Page Six

Kanye featured his father in a song

After the death of his mom, Donda, Kanye was even closer to his dad. 

He had a tear in his eyes while writing a song for his father. A hip-hop star featured his father in the song Follow God.

Kanye West and Ray West in the song Follow God.
Kanye West and Ray West in the song Follow God. Source: YouTube

Ray was an inspiration to his son for his creativity in music and fashion

Kanye was inspired by his father, who was Black Panther and a photojournalist

Ray used to see the world from an artistic view, which helped his son to bring a different level of creativity to music and fashion.

Ray was a very kind, empathetic, and helpful person. 

He even became homeless to help the ex-drug addicts because he wanted to get that close. 

He established the foundation called Good Water to help with prostitution and extortion

Kanye dedicates his success to his parents, and there is nothing that can make him happy than his parent's inspiration and support.

Kanye West and Ray West.
Kanye West and Ray West. Source: Le Zephyr

Suffered from Prostate Cancer

Ray was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His treatment has worked, and he is fine now. 

Kanye has celebrated his father beating cancer by eating a plate of bugs with him.

The uniquely talented Kanye

The uniquely talented Kanye is the most famous rapper, record producer, and fashion designer

He has a major role in the development of mainstream hip-hop and popular music in general. 

Kanye is one of the world's best-selling music artists

He has more than 20 million albums and 140 million singles sold worldwide.

Kanye is one the most awarded artists of all time, with 21 Grammy Awards, and he has won many other awards too. 

As a fashion designer, he has worked with Nike, Louis Vuitton, A.P.C, and Adidas

He is the founder and head of creative content company DONDA

A hip-hop star was also one of the 100 most influential people in 2005 and 2015, named by Time magazine

West married the most popular TV personality Kim Kardashian in 2014, and they have four children

They are blessed with two daughters and two sons. Lately, the news of their divorce has been the headline.

His son legally changed his name to Ye, but why?

His son has legally changed his name with no middle name or last name. It’s simply Ye

He applied to have his legal name changed to Ye on the 24th of August, 2021, citing personal reasons for the change. 

He got his name legally approved in October

But he wished his name to be changed several years prior when he took his Twitter account to announce that he was being formally (sic) known as Kanye West and announced himself to be Ye

In a radio interview the same year, explaining his name change, he said that "Ye" is the most common word used in Bible, which according to Bible, Ye is You. So I am You. I am Us, it’s Us, he added. 

He further added to say that it went from Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye.

Ye and Kim Kardashian are officially divorced

Ye and Kim Kardashian are officially divorced, with Kim filing for divorce in February 2021, citing irreconcilable differences after seven years of marriage. 

Two months after Kim filed for divorce, Ye responded by saying that the couple had agreed to share the custody of their four kids, North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm

Their relationship took a rocky turn after Ye publicly announced that he almost killed his daughter North at his presidential rally in 2020

He revealed he and his then-wife Kim considered abortion while she was pregnant with North

During one of the episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians back in June 2021, Kim’s sister, after a family confrontation revealed Kim going through emotional turmoil about her relationship had made it tough because she was redirecting so much of her frustration and anger and sadness. 

Kim, in unaired footage, shared with her sisters that Ye deserved someone who could follow his every move and follow him all over the place, which she couldn’t. 

On the 10th of June, she confessed to not being fully fulfilled by her marriage during the season finale. 

The realization phase of not wanting a husband that lived in a different state came after she turned 40, noting that all she wanted was to be happy in the end. 

Again during her cover story for Vogue in March 2022, she opened up about her split, saying she did whatever she could to make other people happy for so long but, in the last two years, she decided to make herself happy even if that led to divorce. 

She said she chose herself, and that was okay. 

The judge declared Kim to be legally single on the 2nd of March, 2022. Kim recently apologized to her family for the harsh comments that Ye had passed to them. 

During the episode of KUWTK, she said she was never going to stoop to Ye’s level, and she will never stop herself from being herself, and all she could do was control how she reacted to something. 

She added to say she can’t control how he treats her or how he has always treated them and that she protected her for so long. 

She assured her family she would never let that happen to them.

Kanye’s Life advice will definitely make shock you

In one of his interviews, Kanye mentioned the way of his thinking. He stated that he thinks three-dimensionally. 

The artist elaborated that he doesn’t think in those black-and-white lines. And claimed that he thinks in full color. 

Kanye mentioned that when he talks, he has to explain his thoughts in five ways altogether. 

Kanye gave the best example of food and many others like while we eat food, we enjoy its numerous seasonings, and while we listen to music, we enjoy its multiple instruments, so he said that while he talks, it isn’t rap but a symphony of various ideas. 

He confronted that he always speaks the truth, but as of the current scenario, the artist said that the world, which is full of lies, thinks being truthful is crazy. 

Well, he also said that there are people out there who have problem with him, as even though Kanye gives out motivational speech, they take it as rants and things and even questions him as to why he is saying or doing that and whatnot. 

Kanye shared that he had reached that point in life where he realized that his Truman showboat had touched the painting, and to that point where Michael Jackson no more broke down, also admitting that he had touched the glass ceiling portraying as a celebrity or as a creative person. 

Kanye, an artist, said that he is a product person in the sense that it not only includes clothing but also designing water bottles, or even architecture and everything else you could probably think about. 

He revealed being engaged to it for already a decade. 

Moreover, the artist also said that even if one day he fails in everything, it is just the fact that he is willing to fail, which is an inspiration in itself. 

He describes that people today are still scared to lose, which stops them from even trying. 

He straightly also said that people like him bring happiness to this world when the audience hears his music. They definitely are having a great time, he added. 

Lastly, Kanye said that he uses his confidence when he is aware of what he is doing, but while he won’t have any idea of what he is actually doing, he uses arrogance. 

To know more of his powerful words, visit the link given down below.

His reaction when his son Ye first shared he wanted to rap

Ye, while appearing on Joe Rogan’s podcast, recalled how his father reacted when he first shared that he wanted to rap. 

He said his father was very leery of that idea. 

His father told him that he heard the business to be terrible, which according to him, is right, explaining that people are all seeing things that are wrong inside of contracts turning blind eyes to it in which everyone is responsible and is part of it. 

He said that he blames the loss of his mother partially on the entertainment industry. 

Always fighting to represent who you are against the media, an entertainment industry that is trying to tear down anybody that is not going with the flow. 

“I have got those reasons personally, but vengeance is mine said the lord, so it’s not a matter of going in for revenge,” he said.

The reason Ye purchased a home across the street from his ex-wife

Ye purchased a home worth $4.5 million across the street from his ex-wife so that he could be close to their four children. 

He also stated the experience he had with his father when his parents parted ways was an influencing factor behind his decision. 

He said his father didn’t want to move closer to him when his mother moved him from Atlanta to Chicago

Chicago was the coldest and the most dangerous city in the world, but still, his father didn’t go to be next to him and preferred to stay down in Atlanta because of his career, he added. 

“My solace comes from seeing my kids and getting a solid schedule. That’s why I even got the house, but they flipped it into the media like there was something wrong”, he said. 

There is nothing with his career, rap, and with media, none of that, that is going to keep him from his children, and that is all that he wants. 

And he wants everybody to know.” Don’t play with me. 

Don’t play with my children, and ain’t no security is going to get between me and my children, and you ain’t fin to gaslight me, you ain’t gonna run this narrative on me, he concluded.

Net Worth

The net worth of Ray West has not been disclosed. 

His son is a famous rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. His fortune is:

 YearNet Worth
Kanye West2020$3.2 billion


  1. His son, Kanye, is 43 years old.

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Updated On Mon Aug 14 2023 Published On Wed Jan 13 2021 By shaumya

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