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.
Amber Rose has been reminded for ''seven years'' since she split from Kanye West in 2010, she is ''only'' famous for dating the rapper
The 32-year-old model - who dated the 'Famous' hitmaker for two years in 2008 - has admitted she never ''asked'' to be famous and has worked her ''f***ing ass off'' for her achievements, although ''seven years'' after her split from Kanye, she is constantly told her success is solely down to her former rapper boyfriend.
Speaking to The Daily Beast website, the mother of one - who has three-year-old Sebastian with her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa - said: ''The misconception--and I still hear this seven years later, to this day--is, 'You're only famous for Kanye.' Initially, absolutely. In 2009, when they're like, 'Amber Rose--Kanye's girlfriend,' I was like, 'OK, that's pretty accurate. That's what it is.' But I didn't ask to be famous, and I didn't even talk or do interviews for two years, because I thought, 'I don't want this. I'm not famous.'
Continue reading: Amber Rose Is 'only' Famous For Dating Kanye West
Kanye West has launched a new clothing range with Adidas.
Kanye West has signed a new deal with Adidas.
The 39-year-old rapper, who has his own clothing brand Yeezy, has collaborated with the German sportswear giant since 2013 when he launched his first range but he's now releasing even more fashion pieces in an extension of his existing brand called Adidas + Kanye West collection.
Speaking about the new collection, Kanye said: ''These past two years Adidas and Yeezy have given a glimpse into our future. This partnership illustrates that anyone with a dream can dream without limitations.''
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Rapper Tyga is reportedly moving into a mansion in Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Bel-Air neighbourhood in California.
The Rack City star is leasing a 12,800 square foot mansion one street away from Kim and Kanye's property for $46,500 (£34,500) per month, according to TMZ.com. The expensive rental boasts features including an elevator, pool, gourmet kitchen and fire pit.
Tyga has a history of legal issues with previous landlords over allegedly failing to pay his rent. He has been sued a number of times from owners of his rented properties over his payments.
Most recently, in March (16), the rapper was hit with a lawsuit from the landlord of his Egypt Last Kings Clothing retail space. The unnamed landlord claimed the site was abandoned and left in a state when he visited in June, 2015 and and wanted $75,000 (£56,000) to repair the damage, plus five months' rent.
Continue reading: Tyga Renting Mansion Near Kim Kardashian And Kanye West - Report
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
Rapper Kanye West is expanding his relationship with bosses at Adidas by launching a new brand with the German sports retailer.
The Stronger star teamed up with designers at the company in 2014 and has since released apparel and the high-demand Yeezy Boost high end sneakers. The new partnership will now expand with new apparel lines, shoes, and accessories for men and women as part of the adidas + Kanye West brand.
Kanye and bosses at the company will also open retail stores dedicated to the rapper's Yeezy products.
"These past two years adidas and Yeezy have given a glimpse into our future," West says. "This partnership illustrates that anyone with a dream can dream without limitations."
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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
Lena Dunham has taken aim at Kanye West for creating a "disturbing" new music video which left her feeling "unsafe" and "worried" about the impression it's leaving for teenage girls.
The rapper courted controversy once again over the weekend (24Jun16) when he premiered the promo for his song Famous. The most talked about scene features lifelike nude wax figures of Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian naked in a bed with celebrities such as ex-girlfriend Amber Rose, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, and Lena's close friend Taylor Swift.
Kanye also mentions his frequent rival in the track in a now-infamous lyric, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b**ch famous."
And on Monday (27Jun16), the Girls star came to the defence of her pal in a passionate post on Facebook, calling the music video "one of the more disturbing 'artistic' efforts in recent memory."
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Criticises Kanye's 'Disturbing' Famous Video
Ray J is upset about his appearance in Kanye West's new video, insisting it is causing issues between himself and his fiancee.
The Stronger rapper shocked viewers when his Famous "visual event" premiered on Friday night (24Jun16) and featured celebrities, or their lookalikes, naked in a bed alongside Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian.
The stars included Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, and Kim's ex Ray J, who famously co-starred in a sex tape with the reality TV star.
Brown has commented on his appearance in the video and now Ray J, who is engaged to Princess Love, has spoken out about the promo, insisting he is trying move past all the drama between himself, Kanye and Kim.
He's just asking to be sued! Literally...
Some of the celebrities whose naked likenesses made an appearance in Kanye West's new 'Famous' video have actually spoken out to assure the public that they are not, in fact, in the video. Y'know, just in case you genuinely thought George Bush and Donald Trump would ever get naked in bed together. West is very surprised he's not been sued yet, but there's still time.
Kanye West is waiting to be faced with a lawsuit. Or two. Or three.
In fact, former President of the United States George W. Bush actually seemed quite relaxed about the whole thing, though he did want to point out that the lookalike or wax figure or whatever was used was not representative of his current physique. 'In case there was any doubt, that is not President Bush. He is in much better shape', a representative for the former President told TMZ.
Continue reading: Celebrities Respond To Kanye West's Controversial 'Famous' Video
The former couple were both spotted at Kanye West’s LA gig on Friday (June 24).
After putting an end to their two year romance in May, Kylie Jenner and rapper Tyga are reportedly ready to take another shot at lasting love. The news comes after they were spotted together on Friday night, when Kanye West premiered his video for ‘Famous’.
Are Kylie and Tyga back together?
On Friday a source told E! News that the pair were "hanging out" again. "They are not back together officially but started seeing each other again romantically. It's not as much pressure this time around because they both have had some space over the past few weeks apart,” an insider added.
Continue reading: Are Kylie Jenner And Tyga Back Together?
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
Date of birth
8th June, 1977
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