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.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
The 352 page book hits stands officially on May 5th.
A limited edition set of 500 signed copies of Kim Kardashian’s upcoming selfie book have flown off the virtual shelf, selling out less than a minute after going on sale. Website Glit.com was offering the special pre-sale copies, just under a month before the book is released to the masses.
Kim’s selfie book contains 352 pages.
The special copies retailed for $60 and were each signed and numbered by Kim. They also came bearing a special cover, featuring a bikini-clad image of the 32 year old. After the quick sell out Kim thanked her fans on Twitter writing, 'Thanks to everyone who got a copy of Selfish on Gilt! Crazy it sold out in one minute!'
Following their highly publicised visit to Armenia, Kimye took baby North to be baptized at an Armenian cathedral in the Israeli city of Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Post reported that Kim and Kanye took 22 month old North to Saint James Cathedral in Jerusalem’s Old City quarter. This was later confirmed by a representative for the Kardashians.
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and daughter North
Continue reading: Kim And Kanye Baptize Their Daughter At Ancient Cathedral In Jerusalem
Kanye West is really pushing this "people's champion" thing.
Kanye West – rapper, designer, cool human being – performed a surprise gig last night. Not that much of a shock, since Kanye is prone to this kind of stunt every once in a while. But this one wasn’t in a dimly lit NY venue or an obscure borough of London – instead, Ye pitched camp in the middle of a lake in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.
Unfortunately, the gig was shut down by the police.
Let’s backtrack a little here Unless you’re an avid Kanye follower, you might not be aware that Kanye is currently on a sightseeing trip in Armenia, along with wife Kim Kardashian and sister-in-law Khloe. When the sights get a little old, however, Kanye apparently decided to entertain himself in the best way he knows.
Continue reading: Kanye West Wins Over Armenian Fans with Impromptu Gig in Yerevan
In an interview with the New York Times' T Magazine, Kanye also discussed his married life, fatherhood and his fashion projects.
Always a provider of good quotations, Kanye West has described his ego as a marble table in a new interview about his high-profile lifestyle.
In a conversation with the New York Times’ T Magazine, the often controversial rapper spoke about a number of incidents in the recent past that have involved him. His comments about Beck at February’s Grammy Awards had the whole media talking about Kanye ‘doing a Kanye’.
Alluding to this incident, he said “I'm not a celebrity, I'm an activist. The fact that when I see truth it's really hard for me to sit back and just allow it to happen in front of me on my clock makes me, a lot of times, a bad celebrity.”
Continue reading: Kanye West Compares His Ego To A Marble Table
The uncompromising director has sparked outrage among some of Chicago's residence for using the city's nickname 'Chiraq', and are worried that the project may end up glamorising violence.
Famed director Spike Lee was accused of insulting the residents of the city of Chicago by titling his new project ‘Chiraq’, a movie which will look at education and violence. He has also been criticised for doing damage to the city’s reputation and hurting tourism by choosing the term.
The moniker ‘Chiraq’ is a nickname sometimes used for the city by its young inhabitants, referring to its reputation for street violence and gun crime. But a number of anti-gun crime campaigners and tourist officials have pulled up Lee, a director famed for his uncompromising depictions of struggles in society, for perpetuating an unhelpful stereotype by choosing the title.
Continue reading: Director Spike Lee Courts Controversy By Calling New Film 'Chiraq'