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.
The reality TV star posted a throwback picture of a controversial nude waxwork of the singer
The feud between iconic singer Taylor Swift and ground-breaking rapper, Kanye West and his reality TV star wife, Kim Kardashian West has been long-running and epic. It also appears it is not over after Kim recently posted a throwback picture to a controversially naked waxwork of Swifty.
Swift fans believe the singer made Kim and Kanye one of the many subjects in her latest album, Reputation
Mother-of-two - with one more on the way - Kim faced the wrath of Taylor Swift fans after sharing the photo from Kanye West‘s art exhibit, which showed a wax recreation of him in bed with the singer.
Continue reading: Kim Kardashian West Opens Up Old Wounds With Taylor Swift
Sir Paul McCartney has likened Kanye West's song-making process to making a bowl of spaghetti.
The 75-year-old music legend teamed up with the 'Famous' rapper in 2005 when they released 'FourFive Seconds' alongside Rihanna, and he has revealed when the 40-year-old is working on a new track he takes ''little noodles'' of information he likes to put into the completed project.
Speaking to ABC in Australia, the 75-year-old said: ''I was sitting around with Kanye for a couple of days and I didn't think we'd written a song, because I was just playing around, noodling. I was expecting for an idea to come out there and then, but his way of working is he takes all these little noodles away and he makes spaghetti.
Continue reading: Sir Paul McCartney Likens Kanye West's Song-making To Cooking
Fans will be hoping that the dream record is one day released.
The rapper sat down with the New York Times' Dean Baquet for an in-depth interview, where he revealed the couple had worked on music together around the time Beyonce was recording her groundbreaking album Lemonade.
There is a Jay-Z and Beyonce joint album
Continue reading: Jay-Z Confirms He And Beyonce Have Worked On A Joint Album
Beck has revealed Kanye West told Taylor Swift he liked the singer's album 'Morning Phase' despite interrupting him on stage at the Grammy Awards in 2015
The 'Loser' singer was accepting the prize for Best Album when the superstar rapper stormed the stage and told him he should ''respect artistry'' by handing the trophy over to Beyonce after the release of her innovative project 'Lemonade'.
Now, Beck has revealed he had dinner with Taylor Swift - who was also interrupted by Kanye during an acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 - and she told him that the 'Famous' rapper actually liked his music.
Continue reading: Beck: Kanye West Liked My Album
Rumours have been swirling about the star expecting her third child via a surrogate
There’s baby fever in the Kardashian household which should make for a very interesting season 14 of the family’s hit show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In a recent trailer for the decade old reality TV show, Kim, the middle daughter of Kris Jenner and Robert Kardashian, appears to confirm to her younger sister Khloe she’s having another baby.
Kim Kardashian West is going to be a mother for the third time
Rumours have surrounded Kim and her husband, Kanye, that they are expecting their third child, and second daughter, through a surrogate who is due next January.
Continue reading: Kim Kardashian West Confirms Her Third Baby
Big Sean's life changed when he spent just 10 minutes with Kanye West and was able to show off his skills.
The 29-year-old star began selling CDs and rapping at a radio station, when one of the DJs advised him to ''go out and holler'' at the 'Famous' hitmaker.
And Sean seized his chance when they came face-to-face in 2005, with Kanye consenting to listen to his rhymes, even though he was running late.
Continue reading: Big Sean's Life Change
She and Kanye West are looking forward to the arrival of their third child.
It's been confirmed that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's surrogate is carrying their third child, and he or she is due to arrive into the world in January. It's their second winter baby, and first that won't be carried by the reality star herself.
Kim Kardashian at NBC Upfront event
The 36-year-old mother of two was desperate to expand her family, but was warned by doctors against a pregnancy due to suffering the dangerous condition of placenta accreta during the births of North, 4, and Saint, almost 2. Thus, she decided on enlisting a surrogate mother to carry her third baby.
Continue reading: Kim Kardashian's Child Via Surrogate Confirmed To Be Born Next Year
No, Kim doesn’t follow the POTUS on Twitter.
The reality star hasn’t spoken much about Trump since he took office in January, despite her husband Kanye West previously expressing his support for the President and even meeting him at Trump Tower.
But it seems Kim doesn’t share her husband’s views and told Harper's Bazaar Arabia that her four-year-old daughter North could do a better job at running the country.
Continue reading: So This Is What Kim Kardashian Really Thinks About Donald Trump
She tells all in her very first interview.
Say what you like about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, their daughter North is still one of the most adorable kids in the celebrity world. She's just given her very first official interview, where she spoke about everything from her favourite song to her ideal pizza toppings.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West carry their daughter North West
The 4-year-old answered everyone's burning questions about her in conversation with various famous friends for Interview Magazine, and she absolutely slayed. For starters, she looked flawless on the cover with her mom who was just oozing Jackie Kennedy glamour.
Continue reading: North West Reveals That She Loves Daddy Kanye West's Music
It's been eight months, but his compensation is yet to be posted.
As if his last year hasn't been difficult enough, Kanye West is now in the midst of a legal battle with his tour insurers who are allegedly refusing to pay out even though it's been eight months since the Saint Pablo Tour was cancelled.
Kanye West at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards
Apparently, Lloyd's of London insurance company are doing everything they can to avoid paying out after Kanye was forced to cancel the remainder of his 2016 tour on the grounds of mental illness. Despite evidence of his erratic behaviour on stage (no-one can forget the 'I would've voted for Trump' debacle) and his subsequent hospitalisation, insurers remain reluctant to compensate their client.
Date of birth
8th June, 1977
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