KanyeWest.com: How Kanye West’s Photographer Got His Job

Nabil Elderkin is a photographer who is particularly well-known for working with Kanye West. In a Vice Canada video, Nabil shared how he connected with Kanye West to begin working with him, and it all came about because he registered the KanyeWest.com domain name. Shortly after doing so, Kanye’s record label (Roc-A-Fella Records) reached out to Nabil, and they were able to work out a non-cash deal that turned into a job for Nabil.

Unfortunately, I am unable to embed the video here, but you can check it out on the Vice Canada Facebook page to get the full story about registering KanyeWest.com.

As much as this tactic worked for Nabil, I think 99% of the time it would backfire. It seems that threats of litigation or UDRP are more the norm these days, so it was pretty cool that Nabil was able to get a test shoot with Kanye West, and it was a tribute to his talent that he was able to parlay that into a successful business and career.

It seems like people continue to speculate and purchase domain names related to up and coming athletes, musicians, and celebrities. I would imagine most are probably acquired for financial gain rather than a chance to meet the person or do business together. I don’t think registering a domain name with someone else’s name is typically a smart tactic, but this was a neat story to hear.

Thanks to Dan Beck for sharing the video with me.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


  1. Its funny I was going to register Kehlani.com from HugeDomains. I had my eye on it for a while but never decided to make the step. Kehlani (the hip hop singer) was using KehlaniMusic.com but she now owns Kehlani.com. Part of me wanted to buy it for her as a gift. There are about 2 other artists domains for sale. Someone may try to do the same thing as Kanye’s photographer.

Leave a Reply

Recent Posts

Trademarkia Hiring Lead Developer for Domain Registrar Integration

Trademarkia is a website I use occasionally to perform trademark-related searches. This morning, I noticed a job listing the company posted on LinkedIn that...

SquadHelp Ultra Premium Marketplace Goes Live

🎉 It's here! The Ultra-Premium Marketplace is live We've partnered with @HilcoDigital to curate an incredible collection of domains. More additions coming soon! 🌟 Check it...

ROTD Auction Web3 Domain Names

According to a press release I received a moment ago, Right of the Dot is auctioning "Web3" domain names in partnership with Unstoppable Domains....

Sage.ai Dispute Gives Guidance on Common One Word Domains

The latest #UDRP Digest (Vol 3.37) is out now! Read about some interesting cases including #sage.ai, #stable.com, #extenso.org and more, with commentary from @dnattorney...

BuyDomains Discontinues Sharing Domain Name Sales

BuyDomains owns and operates a very large domain name portfolio consisting of hundreds of thousands of domain names - possibly millions. Many of the...