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.

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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Donald Trump Can't Wait To Run Against Kanye In 2020


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That was quick. No sooner has outspoken rapper Kanye West revealed his intention to run for President in 2020, he’s found himself someone to run against: celebrity businessman and current Republican candidate, Donald Trump.

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The 2016 Republican frontrunner has spoken out about Kayne’s desire to be the second Black American President and has called the musician a "nice guy".

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Kanye West Uses MTV VMA's Speech To Announce 2020 Presidential Run


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Kanye West was honoured with the the Video Vanguard Award at last night’s MTV VMAs and used his acceptance speech to get a few things off his chest. West was presented the award by Taylor Swift and delivered a passionate speech touching on the idea of artistry, the merits of award shows and his possible move into politics.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye WestKanye West with wife Kim Kardashian at the 2015 MTV VMAs.

West famously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, when she won the award for Best Female Video over Beyonce. Addressing the incident during his speech West said, “First of all, thank you Taylor for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. And I often think back to the first day I met you…”

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2015 MTV Video Music Awards Arrivals

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The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

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2015 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA's)

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kanye West Will Perform '808s & Heartbreak' Album In Full During L.A. Show


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Kanye West has announced that he’ll be performing his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in its entirety during a show in Los Angeles next month.

Kanye, who’s still keeping everybody on tenterhooks regarding his seventh album Swish, will be revisiting the 2008 album during his show at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. on September 25th. 808s & Heartbreak was characterised by AutoTune and saw him largely ditch rap in favour of R&B, and was met with a mixed reception at the time.

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Miley Cyrus Voted Worst Celebrity Role Model By British Parents


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Miley Cyrus has been voted the worst celebrity role model for children in a new survey of British parents. A whopping 78% of parents of children under 10 say that the former ‘Hannah Montana’ star is “off the rails” and wouldn’t want their kids to idolise her.

The survey by British website vouchercloud.com asked 2,287 British parents, all of whom have at least one child under the age of 10, the question: “are there any celebrities you would hate for your children to idolise?” and were provided with a list of male and female celebrities to select from.

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Kanye West To Receive MTV VMAs Vanguard Award


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Kanye West is to be the recipient of this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday (August 30th).

According to a statement from MTV, ‘Ye is being honoured with the award on account of his “career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances and continued impact on music, art, fashion and culture.”

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Madonna To Star In Her Own TV Show?


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Madonna has comfortably conquered the world of music, and now she's reportedly setting her sights on becoming a prime-time ratings hit with a reality TV show just like Kim Kardashian.

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The pop icon is rumoured to be in talks with production company Bunim Murray, makers of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians', having been impressed with how successful Kim and husband Kanye West have made their famous TV show, reports The Mirror.

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Zoolander 2 - Teaser Trailer


After a disastrous return to the fashion industry following his retirement, which almost ended in the death of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Derek Zoolander is once again ready to make a comeback. This time he has his former rival turned best friend Hansel by his side, and a better reputation after he exposed the evil behind the fashion industry and went on to work with children. Life may be good; he has a wife and son, and a bucket load of runway talent; but things are about to get messy once again. Derek and Hansel aren't as relevent as they used to be in the industry, and their careers face series threats when it becomes clear that a rival organisation is planning to take down their new modelling agency. Can the duo save the day once again? Or will they be forced to give up the strut for good?

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Josh Groban Returns To Sing Donald Trump's Tweets On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'


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Four years after splitting the nation’s sides after singing some of Kanye West’s tweets, Josh Groban has returned to ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ to take down another big name – Donald Trump.

The divisive front-runner in the Republican presidential nomination race has unleashed more than a few puzzling tweets into the public domain down the years, ranging from the self-promotional to the political to the just-plain-odd.

Josh GrobanJosh Groban followed up his brilliant Kanye video by singing some of Donald Trump's best tweets

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A$AP Rocky - Jukebox Joints (Explicit Version)


ASAP Rocky hit the top spot in the US charts with his second album 'At. Long. Last. A$AP' earlier this year. On it features the track 'Jukebox Joints' with Joe Fox and Kanye and for which a video is now available.

Drake Releases Statement About Shooting At His OVO Festival After Party


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Drake has finally released a statement about a shooting at his OVO Festival after party in Toronto. The shooting occurred on Tuesday 4th August and Drake released a statement ten days after the tragic incident which left two dead. Drake, writing in a blog post on his website on Friday (14th August) explained how he had been unable to speak out about the shooting before as his legal counsel advised against it, stating how they believed anything he said about the shooting could be “misinterpreted”. 

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Petition To Force Kanye West To Release Album Removed From White House Website


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Barack Obama will not be using his presidential powers to order Kanye West to release his long-awaited new album – despite a petition lobbying the White House to do so achieving over 100,000 signatures, according to Billboard.

Kanye hasn’t released a single in over five months, since he dropped a taster for his upcoming seventh album Swish called ‘All Day’ back on March 2nd, and the wait proved to be too much for one fan who started a petition on the White House’s ‘We The People’ website on Wednesday (August 12th) which quickly gained the requisite amount of signatures within a day to force the President to respond to it.

Kanye WestKanye West is still scheduled to release his 7th album 'Swish' in 2015

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Kim Kardashian Captures Selfie With Hillary Clinton


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Self-styled queen of the selfie Kim Kardashian has secured one of her best snaps yet – with Democratic presidential candidacy frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

The 34 year old model, who is pregnant with her second child with rap megastar husband Kanye West, met the presidential hopeful at a private fundraising event in Los Angeles on Thursday evening (August 6th).

Perhaps the heavyweight celebrity backing will add a bit more youth credibility to the Clinton campaign, which looks to be steamrollering its way to the Democratic nomination at the start of next year.

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Kanye West

Date of birth

8th June, 1977

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.73