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.
Swift's feud Kanye and Kim seems to have spiralled completely out of control.
In the birth name section on the right hand side of the page, the 26 year old star’s name was changed to “Taylor ‘Slithering Snake Becky With the Good Lies’ Alison Swift” – a nod to Beyonce’s album Lemonade and the ‘Becky With the Good Hair’ controversy from earlier this year.
Her nicknames were changed to “Regina George” (a Mean Girls reference) and “victim”, and “liar” added a list of occupations.
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The artwork comes amid the Swift and Kardashian feud
A huge mural dedicated to the ‘death’ of Taylor Swift has been painted in a laneway in Melbourne - just days after Kim Kardashian ‘shut down’ the singer with a series of revealing recorded calls. The graffiti has a picture of Swift, alongside the words "in loving memory of" and "1989 - 2016".
It's been a bad few weeks for Taylor Swift
However, the artist got his last names muddled up and wrote "Taylor Smith" instead of Taylor Swift.
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Kim Kardashian released an audio excerpt from a phone call between Kanye and Taylor Swift over the lyrics of 'Famous' - but if it was recorded without Swift's consent, Kanye may have broken California state law.
In the midst of the on-going fallout between Taylor Swift and Kimye over ‘Famous’, legal experts claim that Kanye could face a civil lawsuit in California if it turns out he secretly recorded the phone call that Kim released at the weekend.
35 year old Kim triggered a social media furore after she published an audio clip of her husband’s phone call with Swift in which they discussed the rapper’s song and the lyrics therein, which included a line about her. In the controversial track, Kanye raps: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b**** famous.”
Kanye West's feud with Taylor Swift has deepened ever further over the last few days
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The song was the subject of Sunday’s ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ episode.
Taylor Swift has hit back at Kim Kardashian, after she posted a video on Snapchat of the singer’s phone call with Kanye West in which he told her about the song ‘Famous’. In the video, West told Swift he would use the line: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,” but he did not mention that he would also be referring to her as a “bitch”.
Taylor Swift has responded to Kim Kardashian releasing her phone call with Kanye West.
In an Instagram posted captioned, “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet,” Swift wrote: "Where in the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch' in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened.
The rapper has previously worked alongside Bon Iver on his own album projects.
Kanye West makes an unexpected appearance in Francis and the Lights' new video for 'Friends', alongside Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon. He doesn't exactly take centre stage, but it's the sort of performance art the rapper is really into at the moment, though there's no nudity in this visual.
Kanye West stars in Francis and the Lights' 'Friends' video
The 'Famous' rapper was joined by Justin Vernon from Bon Ivor and Francis Farewell Starlite of Francis and the Lights for the latter's newest visual effort; a video for his latest tune 'Friends'. Directed by Jake Schreier, it sees Kanye moving his body to the music in a white walled room as Francis Farewell Starlite switches between dancing erratically and walking around, before joining Justin Vernon of Bon Iver in a bizarre but oddly compelling choreographed session.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Grimshaw brought together a variety of celebs for the affectionate, fully-clothed parody version of Kanye's now-infamous 'Famous'.
Unlike Kanye’s controversial clip, in which incredibly life-like waxworks lie completely naked in the same bed, in the self-styled ‘Safe For Work’ parody version all the celebrities are fully clothed.
The affectionate clip also features the likes of Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, the pop-punk act Five Seconds of Summer, And & Dec and Craig David.
Vincent Desiderio may collaborate with Kanye West in the future.
Vincent Desiderio, the artist who inspired Kanye West's controversial music video endeavour for 'Famous', has spoken out about how the rapper reached out to him during production to get his thoughts on the project which was heavily based on a piece of art of his called 'Sleep'.
Kanye West's 'Famous' was inspired by Vincent Desiderio's 'Sleep'
Desiderio is an American realist painter who's been launching art projects since he graduated art school in the 70s. Much of his art features evocative images of people, often compromised by something; be it illness, death, sadness or sex. 'Sleep' in particular is an 8-foot by 24-foot painting that Desiderio completed in 2008, which features a group of anonymous naked people sleeping together - just like Kanye West's video, notwithstanding the anonymity.
Reports have surfaced that the rapper wants his wife to get back to her 'old self'
Kanye West has never been shy when expressing his attraction of wife Kim and she has never been shy in flaunting her body. But if recent reports are true, the pair may be changing their attitudes with rumours suggesting Kanye has been telling the mother of his two children he is upset over her size.
Is Kanye West fat-shaming his wife, Kim?
The Kardashian gave birth to their second child, a son, Saint, six months ago and has well-documented her exercise regime as she aims to shift a few pregnancy pounds.
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Kanye's 'Famous' video, featuring incredibly life-like, naked models of various celebrities, has caused a social media storm in the last week.
Having defended her husband’s hugely controversial new video for ‘Famous’, Kim Kardashian has revealed that she never actually saw the final edit of the clip before it was released last week.
When it dropped last Friday (June 24th) at its premiere at the Forum in Los Angeles, Kanye West’s new video, which features a number of uncannily lifelike nude waxworks of various male and female celebrities, triggered a firestorm of controversy, with many criticising it as misogynistic.
Kim Kardashian didn't actually see the final version of Kanye's 'Famous' video
Kanye West is causing friction among his peers again.
Not everyone is laughing off Kanye West's new video for 'Famous'. In fact, Kim Kardashian's ex Ray J is absolutely furious that his likeness has made a butt naked appearance, despite the fact that he was less shy about such things when the famous 'Kim K Superstar' sex tape leaked.
Kanye West has riled Ray J
It still doesn't look like anyone has actually filed a lawsuit against Kanye West yet for using the likenesses of eleven random celebrities naked and asleep in bed together. To be honest, the whole concept is so weird and ambiguous that most people who have seen the video are simply baffled by it. Former President of the United States George W. Bush has already spoken out to make sure everyone knows that's not really him in the video (because he has abs in real life apparently), and Chris Brown jovially berated Kanye for his appearance, but others are less laidback about the situation.
Continue reading: Ray J Is Raging About Appearing In Kanye West's Naked 'Famous' Video
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
Kim Kardashian , Kanye West - Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West leave the Dorchester Hotel, and head to Heathrow Airport to fly back to Los Angeles, following their stay in the capital. Kim was wearing a khaki jumpsuit at Dorchester Hotel - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 24th May 2016
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