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 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed Kanye West had a net worth of 120 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.

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Kanye West Fans Chant "F*** Taylor Swift" During Nashville Gig


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Kanye West’s fans started up a chant of “F*** Taylor Swift” during one of the rapper’s gigs in Swift’s home town of Nashville this week.

When the Saint Pablo tour rolled in to the home of country music at the Bridgestone Arena over the weekend, the 39 year old star decided to up the ante early on in his set by demanding the fervent crowd to sing back the lyric “I made that b**** famous” – the words that have caused so much controversy and headlines over the summer.

A Gym, Hair Salon And A Movie Theatre: Inside Kim Kardashian And Kanye West's Mega Mansion


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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have spent the last two years renovating a massive mansion, which will sit in a 5-acre compound in Los Angeles’ Hidden Hills. But while their dream home is still a few months from completion, new details have emerged about the Kimye mega-mansion.

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According to E! News, the home will rival Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch once it’s completed. Inside there will be a 2-story playroom, a full-size movie theatre, a gym and a hair salon.

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Kim Kardashian Stars In Crazy Fashion Shoot For Wonderland Magazine


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Just when we thought we’d seen Kim Kardashian pose in everything (and nothing) she's surprised us again, this time with a bizarre high-fashion shoot for Wonderland magazine. On the October issue’s cover, Kim poses in a sort-of wedding dress and long white veil, but inside things get even weirder.

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Kim Kardashian Insists "No Shade" Was Intended Over Taylor Swift-Kanye Feud


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Kim Kardashian’s intervention in the Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift ‘Famous’ feud was one of the stories of the summer, but in a new interview she has insisted that she hadn’t meant to throw shade at Swift.

The 35 year old model and reality TV star backed up her husband Kanye’s claims that he had contacted Swift over the lyrical content of his new track ‘Famous’ before it was released – and then sensationally revealed audio clips of the conversation via Snapchat to prove it.

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Kanye West Has Finally Joined Instagram


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Kanye West has finally joined Instagram with an already verified account. Despite only being on the photo-sharing app for a couple of hours West has already amassed over 435,000 followers, which is pretty impressive but no where near wife Kim’s 82.8 million.

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Kanye West Fires Back At Kid Cudi Twitter Diss


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Kanye West has responded to Kid Cudi’s string of tweets blasting him and other rappers such as Drake as “the fake ones”, by launching into an onstage rant against Cudi while performing a gig in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday (September 14th).

“Kid Cudi, don't ever mention 'Ye name. I birthed you,” he says in a fan video doing the rounds. “We all dealing with that emo shit all the time… Don't ever mention 'Ye name. Don't try to say who I can do songs with. You mad 'cause I'm doing songs with Drake? Ain't nobody telling 'Ye who to do songs with! Respect the God!”

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Kanye West Confirms He's Working On Collaboration Album With Drake


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The musical collaboration that hip-hop fans have been dreaming about could actually be on! In a new interview with Vogue magazine, Kanye West revealed that he’s working with fellow rap superstar Drake on a collaboration album.

“We're just working on music, working on a bunch of music together, just having fun going into the studio,” he admitted to the publication this week. “We're working on an album, so there's some exciting things coming up soon.”

Kanye didn’t reveal any working title or a prospective release date, but nevertheless the news constitutes one of the most high-profile collaborations in pop music in recent memory.

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Everything You Need To Know About Kanye West's Shambolic Yeezy 4 Fashion Show


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Kanye West kicked off New York Fashion Week on Wednesday (September 7th 2016) with a fashion show for his season 4 Yeezy collection with Adidas. The event, which took place on Roosevelt Island, saw a number of complications arise, including models fainting in the heat and struggling to walk.

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As part of the show, models took part in a performance art piece where they stood in rows on the lawn at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in neutral coloured bodysuits and underwear looking straight ahead. The idea was apparently conceived by Vanessa Beecroft, but it lasted hours and eventually models began collapsing in the 86 degree heat or simply caving in to their needs and sitting down. 

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Kanye West Embroiled In A New Controversy By Calling For Multiracial Models Only


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Kanye West is never far from controversy and, this time, he has been slammed by fans for 'racism' after putting out a casting call for ‘multiracial’ models only. The rap star is preparing to debut his Yeezy Season 4 collection as part of New York Fashion Week on September, 7 but has come under fire for his selective requirements.

Kanye WestKanye West Is Never Far Away From Controversy - This Time Calling For Multiracial Models Only

The husband of reality star Kim Kardashian tweeted the call on Friday afternoon ahead of auditions on Sunday, September 4.

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Kanye West's 'Famous' Sculptures To Go Up For Auction For Roughly $4 Million


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The dozen life-like wax sculptures used by Kanye West in his recent controversial music video for ‘Famous’ have gone on display at an art gallery in Los Angeles – with its creators hoping that the whole collection will sell for $4 million at auction.

The New York Times reported the private exhibition held at the gallery last weekend on Thursday (September 1st) and said that the entire collection of 12 naked sculptures would be going under the hammer, with the $4 million figure floated by those invited to see the exhibition – with the gallery’s owner, Tim Blum, calling the sum “a good ballpark”.

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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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Kim Kardashian , Kanye West - Kim Kardashian arrives at Los Angeles International Airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 14th June 2016

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Kim Kardashian , Kanye West - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seen arriving at LAX airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 14th June 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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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Chrissy Teigen , John Legend - Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, their daughter North and friends John Legend and Chrissy Teigen enjoy lunch at Nobu in Malibu - Malibu, California, United States - Sunday 29th May 2016

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Kanye West

Date of birth

8th June, 1977

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.73




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