Kanye West

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

8th June, 1977







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 West Is Suing Jay Z's Former Record Label

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 26 January 2019

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The rapper has filed lawsuits against Roc-A-Fella records and EMI

The friendship between rappers Jay Z and Kanye West has reportedly been in turmoil for a number of years but Ye may have just made it worse after he announced he would be suing Hova’s former label and the recording company that gave him his first deal.

Kanye West is suing two record labels

West, 41, filed two separate lawsuits on Friday, one against Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records and another against EMI, claiming he signed an exclusive recording agreement.

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Chrissy Teigen Used To Be Overwhelmed Around Other Famous People

By Charlotte Court in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 18 January 2019

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The model said she felt insecure at Kim and Kanye's wedding which led to a row between her and John

It seems even the most solid of couples have arguments and Chrissy Teigen - the other half to John Legend - has spoken about one particular row the pair had at the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are not always so happy

Appearing on Andy Cohen's show, Watch What Happens Live with her singer husband, the model blamed her 'insecurity' for the disagreement and said she wants to apologise to Kim, 38, and Kanye, 41, for their behaviour.

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Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Are Reportedly Expecting Their Fourth Child

By Charlotte Court in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 02 January 2019

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The couple's surrogate is pregnant again and the baby boy is due in May

Reality TV Queen Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West are reported to be expanding their brood to four after it was revealed the surrogate who delivered their 11-month-old daughter is pregnant again. The new baby is believed to be a boy and due in May.

Kim Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West, are believed to be expecting a baby boy in May

USWeekly has reported that the power couple - who are parents to baby Chicago, three-year-old, Saint and five-year-old, North - had one more fertilised embryo left and decided to add to their family.

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Kanye West Promises To Bring Back MAGA Hat, Hints At Presidential Run

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 02 January 2019

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A series of New Year's Day tweets from Planet Kanye had social media ablaze.

Despite having sworn to distance himself from politics just a couple of months ago, Kanye West has kicked off 2019 in typically controversial fashion, re-affirming his support for Donald Trump, committing to wearing the ‘MAGA’ cap and teasing the possibility of running for president. Again.

In a series of tweets on New Year’s Day, the 41 year old rapper decided to break a short period of silence where all he was doing was posting pictures of trees and national parks to return to his seeming default mode.

“Trump all day,” West posted, followed by a tweet of just three dragon emojis, an apparent reference to his description of himself and the American president sharing ‘dragon energy’. Explaining himself, a further tweet stated: “Just so in 2019 you know where I stand.”

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Khloe Kardashian Is Not Here For Trolls Dragging Her Niece

By Charlotte Court in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 18 December 2018

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The reality TV show took a hater to task when she slammed baby Chicago

The Kardashians always have each other's backs but nothing gets the sisters protecting their own more than when a troll attacks one of their children. The latest vile comment has been aimed at Kim Kardashian's youngest child, Chicago, and Chi's auntie, Khloe, has been all over it.

Kardashian sisters, Kim and Khloe, have got each other's backs

Chicago West was born via surrogate in January this year but an online hater told her mum, Kim she wouldn't look like her because of how she had been carried.

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Music News Round-Up: Kanye Asks Dylan For Collaboration, Avril Lavigne Returns, Rock Hall Of Fame Inductions

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 16 December 2018

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The week's music news rounded up, including Queen breaking a streaming record, Taylor Swift using facial recognition tech, and Kanye reaching out to Bob Dylan.


In what must be the most unlikely prospective musical alliance in pop history, Kanye West has reached out to none other than legendary songwriter Bob Dylan to ask for a collaboration.

Finding time in his schedule between posting pictures of trees and reigniting his on/off feud with Drake, Kanye took to Twitter to ask Dylan to work together on something unspecified.

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Kanye West Reignites Feud With Drake

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 14 December 2018

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Although Kanye was seemingly the one to end his beef with Drake a few months ago, the two mega-star rappers' feud is now back.

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

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 13 December 2018

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We're not sure that's how it works, Kanye...

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

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 06 December 2018

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West and his wife Kim Kardashian attended the opening night of 'The Cher Show' on Broadway this week.

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

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 14 November 2018

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She claims that the Kids See Ghosts duo used the same Es Devlin 'floating perspex cage' idea that she used on her Melodrama world tour last year.

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