Kanye West

Kanye West

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Kanye West Reignites Feud With Drake


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Just when it looked like Kanye West might have reached some kind of stability regarding his social media output, he’s gone a reignited his feud with fellow mega-star rapper Drake.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday evening (December 13th), the 41 year old hip-hop icon shared a screenshot of a message he allegedly received, stating that Drake had “sent in a clearance request” for 2009 song, ‘Say What’s Real’, in which the Canadian star sampled Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak track ‘Say You Will’.

“Still need that apology for mentioning the 350s and trying to take food out your idol’s kids’ mouths,” he wrote. The two have been involved in a months-long feud regarding Drake’s beef with Pusha T. Drake explained how West invited him earlier this year to Wyoming to work on ‘Life Yourself’, before claiming that Kanye didn’t tell him he had plans to release an album [Scorpion] around the time of his own.

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Kanye West Reaches Out On Twitter For Bob Dylan Collaboration


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Kanye West has reached out on social media to none other than Bob Dylan, apparently in the hope of scoring a collaboration with the legendary songwriter.

Having spent most of the last few days feverishly tweeting about trees – inspired by a trip to a botanical garden in Miami in which he at one point said “landscaping is a conversation with God” – the 41 year old rapper suddenly decided on Wednesday evening (December 12th) to ask Dylan whether he’d like to work together on a project.

“Calling out to Bob Dylan - Let’s get together,” he wrote bluntly.

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Kanye West Apologises For Using Phone During Cher Musical


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Kanye West has apologised for a “lack of etiquette” after he was caught staring at his phone during the opening night of a Broadway musical about Cher.

The 41 year old rapper attended the premiere of ‘The Cher Show’ in New York City on Tuesday night (December 4th) with his wife Kim Kardashian – a star-studded event in which the legendary pop star Cher herself appeared on stage. However, one of the production’s cast called out West for apparently being engrossed in his phone during the show.

Jarrod Spector, who plays Sonny Bono, acknowledged Kanye’s attendance but upbraided him for his inattentive behaviour.

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Lorde Hits Out At Kanye And Kid Cudi For Stealing Stage Design Idea


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Lorde has hit out at Kanye West and Kid Cudi, accusing the rappers of stealing her idea of a ‘floating’ Perspex cage for their stage design.

The two rappers, who collaborated earlier in 2018 on an album entitled Kids See Ghosts, performed live together for the first time over the weekend at the Camp Flog Gnaw festival in Los Angeles. It saw them both suspended in a Perspex box above the stage – something very similar to the technology utilised by Lorde during her Melodrama world tour last year.

“I’m proud of the work I do, and it’s flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves,” she wrote in an Instagram story, showing an image of her tour with images of West and Kid Cudi’s performance.

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Kanye West "Distancing" Himself From Politics


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Kanye West has appeared to have had a Damascene revelation, saying that he’s “distancing” himself from politics and admitting that he’s been “used”.

On Twitter on Tuesday night (October 30th), the 41 year old rapper said that he’s been “used to spread messages I don't believe in”.

“My eyes are now wide open,” he said. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative.”

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Lana Del Rey And Azealia Banks' Twitter Feud Escalates


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Lana Del Rey’s social media feud with Azealia Banks is growing more intense, after the rapper had called out Lana for criticising Kanye West’s support for president Donald Trump.

The often controversial Banks, whose top hit single was ‘212’, had described Del Rey as “vapid”, after the singer had last week left a lengthy comment on Kanye West’s Instagram post. All this comes in the context of the rap megastar’s recurring support for the divisive president Trump. Got all that?

“Don’t use Kanye for your own vapid attempts to seem politically aware when there is SO MUCH MORE bootleg witchcraft you could be doing to TRY and take down 45,” Banks retorted on Instagram.

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Kim Kardashian Reveals Kanye Paid Her $1 Million NOT To Take A Job


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Yet more details from the world’s most intriguing marriage, with Kim Kardashian revealing that her husband Kanye West once gave her $1 million dollars to NOT take a job.

The reality star and entrepreneur, 37, spilled the beans in an episode of Ashley Graham’s new podcast Pretty Big Deal this week, telling the host that Kanye once cut her a cheque for a million bucks in return for her turning down a lucrative offer from a rival fashion brand to promote it.

“He's like the cutest,” Kim said. “A brand offered me a million dollars to do a post on some of their clothing and they typically - I don't want to say who the brand is - but they typically knock off Yeezy.”

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Kanye West Causes Outrage With Calls For 13th Amendment Abolition


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Kanye West has incited another storm of controversy by calling for the abolition of the 13th ammendment; though it didn't take him long to start backtracking. To make matters worse, he made the comment while visibly supporting President Donald Trump, which came across as tasteless to say the least.

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Somebody ought to take Twitter away from Kanye West before he loses all his fans. The rapper posted a shot of himself on social media on board a private jet wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat, which was enough to whip his anti-Trump followers into an enraged frenzy without the questionable Tweet that accompanied the picture.

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Snoop Dogg Slams Donald Trump And Kanye West In NSFW Outburst


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Snoop Dogg has hit out at President Donald Trump and his supporters, including fellow rapper Kanye West, in a radio outburst.

The iconic hip-hop star, who first arrived on the scene over 25 years ago, was speaking to radio DJ Suss One for The Feature Presentation on SiriusXM this week, a clip of which found its way onto YouTube on Tuesday (September 18th). Snoop’s NSFW broadside was triggered when the presenter told him that “a lot of his fans” often get angry if Trump is criticised on the air.

“Well you need to know that a lot of your fans is racist,” the 46 year old rapper retorted frankly. “I don’t give a f***. I tell them straight up. If you like that n***** you mother****** racist.”

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Lady Gaga Addresses The Reason Why Her Joint Tour With Kanye West Fell Through


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Lady GaGa has addressed the real reason why she pulled out of the joint tour she was due to take with Kanye West almost ten years ago. No reason was ever given at the time about why she was cancelling her appearance, but the singer knew that it was time for her to stop.

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The pair were set to embark on their 'Fame Kills' tour beginning in November 2009 and taking them to January 2010, but the dates ended up being cancelled shortly after tickets went on sale. Many suspected it had something to do with the controversy surrounding Kanye interrupting Taylor Swift's MTV VMA acceptance speech, but Gaga says it was more personal than that.

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Kanye West is all smiles while leaving Matsuhisa Sushi restaurant - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 21st September 2017

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Kanye West stops to sign autographs before departing from LAX airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 12th November 2016

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Kanye West pulls his hood over his head as he leaves Kim Kardashian's apartment in Manhattan, New York, United States - Tuesday 4th October 2016

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Kanye West posing alone and with Kim Kardashian at the MTV Video Music Awards 2016 held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. United States - Sunday 28th August 2016

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Kanye West - HOT 97 Summer Jam Concert held at the Metlife Stadium - Performances at Metlife Stadium - East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States - Sunday 5th June 2016

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Kanye West

Date of birth

8th June, 1977

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.73




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