Kanye West

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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.

Kanye West: Net Worth
In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed Kanye West had a net worth of 120 million USD.

Kanye West: Childhood
Kanye West was born in Atlanta, Georgia and 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.'

Kanye West: Career
Kanye West'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.

Kanye West: 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 got married in Italy.
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Kim Kardashian Flashes A Bit Less Flesh (Than In GQ) Whilst Supporting Kanye West In Australia

7th September 2014 -

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Kim Kardashian has taken a trip down under in order to support her husband Kanye West on the Australian leg of his Yeezus Tour.Kim Kardashian at the GQ Awards in London. Read More: Could There...

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6th September 2014 -

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Kim Kardashian might have shed her clothes for the cover of this month’s GQ, but inside the magazine the reality star is opening up about everything, from baby North West to President Obama, as well...

Returning Aphex Twin Unveils New Track 'Minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]

5th September 2014 -

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Finally it's here - the first new music for Aphex Twin in 13 years. The track 'minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]' from album Syro rolled out on YouTube on Thursday night before being played on...

Kanye West Goes Off At Jay Pharaoh At Made In America... And He Might Have A Point

31st August 2014 -

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So Jay Pharaoh’s Kanye West impersonation from the VMAs is still fresh in everyone’s mind, right? Cool. Just checking. Apparently it was still on West’s mind too, when the rapper/designer/artist/superior human being took the stage...

Kings Of Leon Haven't Cancelled ALL August Tour Dates. They're Playing Made In America

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Finally some good news from Kings of Leon – the alt-rock foursome are to play their first gig since drummer Nathan Followill went under for a rib injury. They’re making their return a big event,...

Could Kim Quit KUWTK Due To Pressure From Kanye?

31st August 2014 -

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It's the show that made her career, but that was a long time ago and now Kim Kardashian is a global megastar in her own right with an adorable baby and famous husband in the...

Kanye West Wants To Star In A Comedy Film

30th August 2014 -

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Rap megastar Kanye West is reportedly looking for a prominent role in a “laugh out loud comedy”.Kanye West is reportedly interested in comedy film actingThe multi-million selling recording artist has made in plain in the...

Aphex Twin Tears Into Kanye West, "He Tried to Rip Me Off"

27th August 2014 -

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Unlikely Pairings - When Comedians And Musicians Come Together

19th August 2014 -

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Following surprising reports that Las Vegas rockers The Killers invited British comedian Jimmy Carr to join them onstage at V Festival, Contact Music looks at five of the most unlikely pairings from the worlds of...

Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney Are Making An Album Together

18th August 2014 -

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Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney are recording tracks together, which could develop into a full album. Sources tell Page Six that the rapper and former Beatle have been quietly collaborating on a number of...

Oxford Add 'Cray', 'YOLO', 'catfish' to Dictionaries

15th August 2014 -

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It's official, 'YOLO' has made it into the dictionary. There is no end in sight to the way pop culture and interenet slang are influencing the way we talk and communicate, and Oxford Dictionaries have...

Kim Kardashian's Selfies Are Art And Now She's Publishing A Book Of Them

10th August 2014 -

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So you know how Kim Kardashian has built an empire on her life, family and (mostly) her face? Well, she’s taking it to a whole new level. More accurately, she’s going old school and turning...

Kim Kardashian to Publish Book of Selfies

8th August 2014 -

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What gift do you give to the person that's got it all? Kim Kardashian finally has the answer- a book of her selfies. The socialite/fashion designer/businesswoman/model/actress/app star has turned her hand to photography after apparently...

Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Purchase Lavish Estate In California's Hidden Hills

7th August 2014 -

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Kanye West Compares Struggles As A Celebrity To Racism

7th August 2014 -

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Keeping It in the Family? Kim Posts Cute Photo of Kanye and North in the Studio

5th August 2014 -

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Young, Rich And In Ibiza - The Perfect Setup For A Justin Bieber/Kendall Jenner Fling?

3rd August 2014 -

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This Is Not A Drill. Lorde Is Curating The Soundtrack To "Mockingjay - Part I"

1st August 2014 -

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North West Takes Her First Steps, Kim Shares Cute Snap

24th July 2014 -

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Proud mum Kim Kardashian broke the news today by sharing an adorable snap of the pair, revealing that little North took her first steps straight after finishing a swimming lesson. This is a huge milestone...

Scott Disick Hospitalised With Alcohol Poisoning, But Is Kourtney Kardashian Relationship Trouble The Reason?

18th July 2014 -

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Scott Disick was allegedly hospitalised last month after drinking heavily and was treatment for alcohol poisoning. The news was revealed yesterday (17th July) by an US entertainment website. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star...

Kim Kardashian's Game Reportedly Earns Her Millions & She Certainly Needs It After Spending $1.5 Million On North West

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Sharon Elam Smith

What an incredible dumba$$!

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LemarFrench

Kanye is dope, but he lost his grounding, I work with one of his longtime friends/writer (Jesus Walks), Rhymefest (El Che), did some production for him too, check out Djbooth.net. But his music is playing a role in a bigger picture right now, it's not just mean't to be a melodic counter-part of our already evolving musical prowess. In respect it's a business card to his, "montra", as an entity, the ears he's able to reach will take notice to his antics. In other news check out some of the music myself and Rhymefest put together search: No Fans Just Critics on datpiff.com

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Kenn Worldco

www.kennethnoisette.com

8 months 3 weeks ago
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Lee Adams

I wonder what Kanye has recorded with Daft Punk? Can't wait to here it!

1 year 4 months ago
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Renelsonok

Is this yet another example of an entertainer who slept through the classes like government, english, math or science? To be fed by the liberal whims of art teachers? It is ashame that most, repeat most entertainers know so little about their own government, mathematics, english, (especially musicans) or science.I know, I know don't confuse me with the facts my mind is made up.

9 years 1 week ago
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Wanna be in the know and hear Kanye West's upcoming album, "Graduation," before anyone else?There's only ONE way to be considered for an invitation.JOIN KANYE'S MOZES MOBILE MOB and you will receive text messages with TOP SECRET information on your cell phone.Here's the only thing we can tell you for now: OFFLINE LISTENING PARTIES WILL BE HELD IN SELECT LOCATIONS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY FOR KANYE WEST! 2 LISTENING PARTIES WILL BE ONLINE IF YOU DON'T LIVE NEARBY! Join the mob here:http://www.mozes.com/_/mob_landing?keyword=kanye

7 years 1 month ago
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Hey dog. Thort rap was crap and then Kanye. Best thing in the rap world since sliced bread. Good beat but bad message until listened to Kanye. He has some good instrumentals. Has passion and a vision. Thats something real special. Its cool also that he doesn't feel the need to swear every second word. Kanye West is real real with what he raps.He raps slow enough that you can easily understand his message. His music is by no means perfect but it has had a major impression on me. When i think good rap I think Kanye.

7 years 7 months ago
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Qan-You Gess?

What a dingbat. Can anyone tell me how there are som many lemmings in this counrty who subsidize this drivel making this bozo rich and strutting around like a Bible character? We're the dingbats. Or rather, whoever buys his wares. You know, with the resurgence of ballroom dancing, latin dancing, etc., these rAPPuz dayz r nUmbrd.

8 years 7 months ago
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For the good man JAY-Z. what you did with respect to the copy right to think I was brilliant, but it seems everyone's god no. Universe creator, and of course he is right if you think you one more time on you will agree with him, what I have done with regard to all the songs where others who have received money is what it is. I've made most of the songs a while I've been asleep and heard the radio I do often reach with respect to the second, it will not be the next love to ask her gifts to bake, you might say to those who died I do not know anything about yet, and the reason I've got the gift from god to make music is to spread love next to the worlds population, and that we had going in was the opposite. But that being said I go all out from the artist who has played playbacks will be willing to help us in every way now when we show ourselves as gentlemen, And you think about all the money lost it please not be sorry you get something in return which is a thousand times better, Remember What Goes Around Comes Around. And just the last comment, there is a Danish expression which reads: A greedy one has never been difficult to seduce. And it's not going to happen to you, things I will work for you so now it is our copyrights when I lie and sleep, and remember I'm only 37 years old, so there will smoke a total amount of money in piggy banks, ps came to Copenhagen as soon as possible I will be glad to see you and B. And we may have made a contract how long it should be, you find out.best wishes from your nephew Jacob

3 years 11 months ago
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Cap

Mr. West,You are about as bright as a box of rocks.

9 years 1 week ago
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