Don’t confuse yourself with the general masses…because he didn’t enter your sphere, doesn’t mean he wasn’t well known/successful …the guy was incredibly famous for his music well before he was famous for having ludicrous opinions. The general masses certainly know him as a musician/artist.
He is a moron, no question, but he is a multi award winning, multi platinum selling artist (all of this before he married that other bafoon with the giant hoop). Fame and wealth gave him a platform and he has been making a fool of himself on that platform for some time (crashing the stage at award shows, making “political” statements etc etc.)
In saying that, his couple of albums in particular were revolutionary to hip-hop (and are brilliant), in the same way that eminem or dr dre were (have you heard of these? perhaps this genre has passed you by?). His use of samples etc, how he strung his lyrics together…etc. This is what happens in music, in the same way I’m sure that oldies would say Elvis or the Beatles changed music, there is no right or wrong here, only opinions and tastes.
Look, if you listen to specific radio stations, or download specifc music to your device, you won’t hear of these guys! In the same way as if you asked a youngster to name an Oasis song, they couldn’t.
You may not know it, but I’m sure you would recognize some of Gold-digger, Stronger, Flashing Lights, Diamonds, Love Lock Down, Slow Jamz (which has Jamie Foxx on it)…to name a few, without knowing it was KW.
Anyway, as Maxi said - the numbers speak for themselves…a LOT of people obviously think highgly of his music…they buy it!