This weekend, the #WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple will finally have the #WorldsMostTalkedAboutWedding, and the rap game will see one of its most diehard romantics, Kanye West, vow to spend the rest of his life with his longtime lady Kim Kardashian.
It may seem par the course for rappers to settle down nowadays, what with Jay marrying and having a child with Bey, Big Sean (for a short period) settling down and getting engaged to Naya Rivera, and Future getting engaged to songstress Ciara and even welcoming his first child with her this week, but it wasn't always this way.
Just as Kanye broke down sonic and style barriers when he got in the game, he also made it cool for a new generation of rappers and artists to share their feelings, strip down their cool, and appeal to the ladies in a genuine way.
Sure, Big's "Me & My Bitch" is the predecessor to all ride-or-die anthems, but from "Slow Jamz" to "Hey Mama" to "Flashing Lights" to "Love Lockdown" to "Blame Game" to "Runaway" to, most recently, "Bound 2," Kanye has never shied away from shining a light on his true emotions toward the women in his life, for better or worse.
"Never was much of a romantic, I could never take the intimacy
And I know I did damage, 'cause the look in your eyes is killing me
I guess you are at an advantage, 'cause you can blame me for everything
And I don't know how I'mma manage, if you one day just up and leave."
- Kanye West, "Runaway"
At times, that worse comes by way of overtly mysoginistic song premises and lyrics - "The New Workout Plan" or "I'm In It," anyone? - but throughout, Kanye's established himself as someone who thinks and feels deeply about romance, and he's shown it throughout his personal life as well.
Who can forget his gut-wrenching verse on "Never Let Me Down," when 'Ye delivered an ode to his girl's late father and closed his rhymes with "I promise to Mr. Rainey, I'm gonna marry your daughter"? There, he was of course referring to his one-time girlfriend Sumeke Rainey, who he dated before he became the international superstar he is today.
Elsewhere in his relationship history, let's not forget that Kim isn't Kanye's first fiancé, as he was engaged to marry designer Alexis Phifer back in the late 2000s, before they parted ways, in turn inspiring him to write a bulk of the emotionally in-tune 808s & Heartbreak about their tumultuous breakup.
And of course, pre-Wiz, Amber Rose was once Kanye's, and stood by his side through the Taylor Swift incident, came through Hawaii to watch him work on his career-defining My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and went on to inspire "Blame Game," "Runaway," and the album-accompanying film of the same name.
Which brings us to Kim, a woman Kanye had apparently long had his eye on, even devoting MBDTF's "Lost In The World" to his soon-to-be wife. Despite being aware of her and running in the same circles for a while, Kanye was only able to get serious with Kim upon her breakup from NBA player Kris Humphries.
Since getting together, the couple has visibly supported one another's careers, with Kanye popping up on Kim's KUWTK (licensing his grandiose gesture of a proposal to the show) and Kim appearing in the video for "Bound 2," as well as sitting stage-side at plenty stops on Kanye's Yeezus Tour.
"Hey, you remember where we first met?
Okay, I don't remember where we first met
But hey, admittin' is the first step
And hey, you know ain't nobody perfect
And I know, with the hoes I got the worst rep
But hey, their backstroke I'm tryna perfect"
- Kanye West, "Bound 2"
The couple also came together on a recent cover of Vogue, an obvious accomplishment for both. But their brightest moment yet came with the birth of their daughter, North, who's now nearly a year old.
As you can see, it's been quite a journey for 36-year-old Kanye, who now, after years of failed relationships and continued efforts to find his muse and counterpart, has finally found the love of his life with his future wife, Kim Kardashian.
Stay tuned for continued coverage of Kimye's wedding, going down this Saturday.