I'm nobody's "client"
Kanye West (born 8.6.1977) Kanye West is American hip-hop artist whose debut album, The College Dropout propelled him to international stardom and critical acclaim.
Net Worth: In 2016, the International Business Times claimed Kanye West had a net worth of 145 million USD.
Childhood: Born in Atlanta, Georgia West was three years old when his parents divorced. He moved to Chicago, Illinois with his mother. Kanye's father, Ray, was a member of the Black Panther movement, as well as being one of the first black photojournalists for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His mother, Donda, was Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University and Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University. She retired in order to become Kanye's manager. Kanye enrolled at Chicago State University, but dropped out to focus on his music. He produced music for a number of local acts and later gained notoriety producing hit singles for artists including Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Cam'ron, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and John Legend. His first major label work was on The Truth by Beanie Sigel and his trademark vocal sampling sound first emerged on Jay-Z's 'This Can't Be Life.'
Career: Kanye's work was featured heavily on The Blueprint, Jay-Z's 2001 album and he quickly became an important figure in hip-hop production. However, a number of record labels turned down the opportunity to work with him as an artist in his own right, as he did not fit easily into existing hip hop categories or stereotypes. West's debut album, The College Dropout was eventually released on Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records in 2004. The album has been certified triple platinum and included guest appearances from Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and Common. During this time, he also provided the beats for Brandy's single 'Talk About Our Love.' In 2005, Kanye West released his second album Late Registration. The album, which sold over 860,000 copies in its first week, featured the singles 'Diamonds From Sierra Leone' and 'Gold Digger'. The former featured a sample of Shirley Bassey's 'Diamonds Are Forever' vocal and the latter featured Jamie Foxx, on a reinterpretation of a Ray Charles song.
Late Registration earned West eight Grammy nominations and has been certified triple platinum. Around this time, Kanye produced 'Go' by Common and 'Dreams' by The Game. In November 2006, Kanye West interrupted the presentation of the Best Video award at the MTV Europe award, arguing that his 'Touch The Sky' should have won the prize. The outburst saw him heavily criticised in many media outlets. West apologized for the outburst when he supported U2 in Brisbane, Australia. To further the controversy surrounding West, Robert 'Evel' Knievel is suing West, who impersonates Knievel in the video. Knievel claims that the video is vulgar and offensive and damages his reputation.
In 2007, Kanye West performed with John Mayer and The Police at the American leg of the Live Earth event. A month later, he also hosted the British entertainment program, The Friday Night Project. The release date of Kanye's third album, Graduation, was moved to 11.9.2007, the same date as the release of 50 Cent's Curtis. 50 Cent reportedly stated that if his album sold less than Kanye's, he would quit making solo records. Graduation, which features guest appearances from T-Pain, Mos Def and Lil' Wayne, has been certified double platinum. It sampled a wide range of music, including Laura Nyro and Steely Dan. West fared badly again, at the next MTV Music Awards, in 2007. He failed to win any of the five awards for which he had been nominated. Kanye was visibly upset at the loss and stated that he would not return to MTV again. On a more positive note, however, he won four of the eight Grammy awards for which he was nominated. During the televised ceremony, West performed 'Stronger' with Daft Punk and 'Hey Mama', as a dedication to his mother, who had recently passed away. West courted further controversy during a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, when he ventured away from his script; at one point stating "George Bush does not like black people." His microphone was cut, but his message had already reached most of the US. In the 2009 MTV Music Awards, West again caused controversy. This time, for crashing the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech to take the microphone and proclaim that Beyonce actually deserved the award. He was removed from the rest of the proceedings and his tour with Lady Gaga was cancelled.
In August 2011, West released a collaborative album with rapper Jay-Z, entitled Watch The Throne which included the single "Ni**as in Paris" reaching number 5 on the Billboard Top 100. In 2013 West released his sixth studio album titled Yeezus which intended to use influences from acid house and industrial music, this included the single 'Black Skinhead'.
2015 was a busy year for West as he released his collaboration track 'FourFiveSeconds' with Rihanna and Paul McCartney. A further collaboration with McCartney saw the release of 'Only One'. He also performed his single 'All Day' on the Brit Awards with a variety of UK Grime artists and US rappers as a statement to the public. In the summer Britain also witnessed the man himself headline Glastonbury festival which divided public opinion, once again claiming that he was the 'greatest living rock star on the planet'.
In 2016 West released his seventh studio album The Life of Pablo which seems to be a disjointed self-portrait of his life. One of the singles off the album was the controversial 'Famous'; a song which caused a rift with Taylor Swift over comments made about the popstar in the lyrics and also spawned a video featuring naked wax figures of such figures as Donald Trump, George W. Bush and Bill Cosby in bed together. He later embarked on his 'Life Of Pablo' tour, which was ultimated left uncompleted when he was admitted to hospital.
Personal Life: Kanye West began a relationship with Alexis Phifer in 2002, with the couple becoming engaged in 2006. The engagement lasted until 2008, when the pair separated. West moved on to dating model Amber Rose between 2008 and 2010. In 2012, West began a relationship with Kim Kardashian. The couple had a child in 2013 - a daughter call North West. In May 2014, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were married in Italy.
In 2015, West premiered his new clothing range in collaboration with Adidas named Yeezy season 1, which now has three seasons. In the same year he also became a father for the second time to his son Saint West.
Just a month after the robbery of his wife in Paris, he was admitted to hospital for psychiatric evaluation after a string of bizarre politically-charged outbursts on stage during his 'Saint Pablo' tour. He was diagnosed with temporary psychosis resulting from lack of sleep and dehydration.
Kanye now has neither a manager nor a legal team as he prepares to roll out five albums in June.
As his comeback gathers pace, Kanye West has reportedly taken the decision to part ways with his manager, Scooter Braun, with pair going their separate ways “on good terms”, according to reports.
TMZ reported on Tuesday (April 24th) that Kanye had amicably broken off his two-year working relationship with Scooter Braun, who also manages Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. It comes as part of a wider re-arrangement of his management team, with the rapper asking his core team – including attorney Peter Paterno – to bring all services in-house to his Yeezy organisation.
Braun turned the offer down, although this hasn’t precluded the possibility of Kanye and Braun’s companies working together on future projects. “They parted on good terms,” a source told Variety.
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The star takes unusual measures in protecting his privacy.
Kanye West has said some weird things both on social media and on stage that have led people to suspect that his mental health may not be completely sound, but this time it was one simple action that have fans wondering if he's got some serious paranoia issues.
Kanye West at the MTV VMAs
The rapper Tweeted a series of video clips from a video on Facebook entitled 'Scott Adams tells you how Kanye showed the way to The Golden Age. With coffee'. It's pretty deep stuff from a philosophical perspective, and controversial from a political one, ergo very much Kanye's thing at the moment, but that wasn't what was unusual.
Continue reading: Paranoid? Kanye West Tapes Over Laptop Camera
Kanye took to Twitter to announce two new albums, which will be released on back-to-back weeks in June.
After a lengthy period of silence, Kanye West has continued his comeback to the world by announcing the release of TWO new albums – one of them being a collaboration with fellow rapper Kid Cudi.
Yeezy stunned social media on Thursday night (April 19th) by revealing news of two new studio albums he’s completed, and which will be released on back-to-back weeks in June this year. In a series of tweets, he announced that the first record – not yet given a title – will be out on June 1st and will be his eighth solo studio album, with “7 songs”.
The second, under the collaboration title Kids See Ghosts, will be out the following week on June 8th and was made with Kid Cudi.
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Kanye explained what his recent return to Twitter is really all about.
Kanye West has revealed what’s behind his recent comeback to Twitter after an absence of nearly a year – he’s publishing a philosophy book in “real time” via the social media platform.
The 40 year old rap megastar returned to Twitter last week after an hiatus of around 11 months. Since then, Twitter has of course changed to a 280-character limit, meaning we’re now getting twice the insight and bizarreness as we used to. In the last few days, he’s been publishing a series of motivational homilies to his followers.
“As a creative your ideas are your strongest form of currency,” read one of his tweets. “Try to avoid any contractual situation where you are held back from your ideas,” he wrote in another, in a series appearing to be aimed at creatives.
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The latter offers Kim a bed after Kanye's bizarre messages.
Kanye West is back on social media and his first offering is a stream of creative advice for fellow artists. It's a little bit bizarre, granted not as bizarre as it has been, and wife Kim Kardashian is a little bit concerned about what is going on in the rapper's head at the moment.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian out and about
Kim Kardashian has no idea what her husband is talking about with his latest Twitter tirade. In fact, she has taken issue with one sentiment in particular that led to an amusing exchange between her and pal Chrissy Teigen.
Continue reading: Kanye West's Weird Tweets Set Off Kim Kardashian And Chrissy Teigen
Kanye and long-term manager/confidant 'Izzy' Zivkovic have parted ways, with Scooter Braun expected to take over.
Kanye West has reportedly parted ways with his long-term manager and confidant Izvor ‘Izzy’ Zivkovic, with the rap megastar now under the sole guidance of Justin Bieber’s manager and mentor Scooter Braun.
News of the decision was reported on Wednesday night (March 28th) by Billboard, who described the Croatian-born Zivkovic as “a relatively unknown figure” who “has largely stayed out of the spotlight”.
He had managed Kanye’s career since 2010, around the time of his career revitalisation with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Zivkovic’s company, Split Second Management, also looks after the likes of Jack Garratt, Arcade Fire and Banks.
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She performed an a cappella rendition in Chicago.
If you ever needed proof that Lorde can sing almost anything, her cover of Kanye West's 'Love Lockdown' during her Chicago show is pretty much that. She sang a raw a cappella rendition of the 2008 hit on stage and fans are absolutely in love with it.
Lorde at the Musicares Person of the Year Awards
The 21-year-old New Zealander's cover of the track - which featured on Kanye West's fourth album '808s & Heartbreak' - was so good, that now we're left wondering whether it beat Glass Animals' version of the track from their 2014 'Pools' EP. She certainly comes close.
Continue reading: Fans Are Living For Lorde's Cover Of Kanye West's 'Love Lockdown'
An Adidas worker crushed his foot with machinery used for the rapper's shoe range.
Proving that fashion can be both dangerous and painful, an Adidas employee has been rushed to hospital via helicopter with a severe injury to his leg, apparently sustained during the development of Kanye West's shoe range Yeezy. Details are yet to emerge regarding the man's wounds.
Kanye West leaving a sushi bar
The injured party was a man in his early 20s, according to TMZ, who was apparently lifting a 3D printer outside Kanye West's office - the Calabasas Tech Center - on Friday (March 23rd 2018) when he lost his grip and it dropped onto his foot. The extent of the damage has not been revealed, but it was bad enough that he had to be airlifted to hospital.
Another clothing brand is alleging that Yeezy Apparel stole their camouflage print design for its Season 5 collection.
Kanye West’s clothing company Yeezy is facing a legal battle after another business filed a lawsuit alleging that the rapper’s fashion line used their camouflage design without their permission.
According to reports by TMZ, Jordan Outdoor Enterprises filed a lawsuit at a federal court in Georgia against Kanye’s label Yeezy Apparel on Thursday (March 15th), arguing that the Yeezy camouflage print is an unauthorised copy of their own Realtree collection and an infringement of their copyright. Yeezy used it as part of their Season 5 collection of hoodies, cargo pants, bomber jackets and boots.
NBA star LeBron James is under the microscope as well, as his Miami-based fashion line Unknwn is also being named in the lawsuit for similar alleged copyright theft for selling the Yeezy items.
Continue reading: Kanye West's Yeezy Clothing Brand Being Sued Over Camouflage Print
He pretended to relieve himself in the street on camera.
Kanye West may like to give the camera a moody face when the paps snap him, but that certainly doesn't mean he doesn't have a sense of humour. He gave photographers and his wife a good giggle when he pretended to relieve himself on the sidewalk when they were spotted out and about in downtown LA.
Kanye West leaving Matsuhisa Sushi
Paparazzi spotted Kanye and Kim Kardashian walking together by some kind of a warehouse yesterday (February 26th 2018). Kim was wrapped up warm in snake-skin boots, a white fleece and a sheepskin-lined coat while sporting a brand new pink hair-do. Kanye was in a hoody and shorts, and proceeded to turn his back to the photographers, pretend to grab his crotch and urinate against the wall when he spotted them.
Continue reading: Kanye West Jokes With Photographers With 'Peeing' Shots
Date of birth
8th June, 1977
I'm nobody's "client"
I no longer have a manager. I can't be managed
never a master. Always a student.
to be great is to be misunderstood
and we danced to music Michael all morning https://t.co/cLGK1lIOp8
me and Mike 😂 https://t.co/E79Uja1sBs
dragon 🐉 energy Natural born leaders Very instinctive Great foresight
you can say anything as long as you put the right emoji next to it.
If your foresight is incredible Stay stubborn to your vision
I’ve always had a desire to do things people wouldn’t even think to do
everyone should be their own biggest fan
even Prince once had an access pass
Prince opened up for Rick James. everybody starts some where https://t.co/7Gx5H23vgO
life is more exciting than the movies
Donald Glover is a free thinker
I feel like im 18 year old again when I make beats for Nas
new ideas will no longer be condemned by the masses. We are on the frontier of massive change. Starting from breaki… https://t.co/5GKQ5T7JPn
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