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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 2016, the International Business Times claimed Kanye West had a net worth of 145 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. One of the singles off the album was the controversial 'Famous'; a song which caused a rift with Taylor Swift over comments made about the popstar in the lyrics and also spawned a video featuring naked wax figures of such figures as Donald Trump, George W. Bush and Bill Cosby in bed together. He later embarked on his 'Life Of Pablo' tour, which was ultimated left uncompleted when he was admitted to hospital.
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.
Just a month after the robbery of his wife in Paris, he was admitted to hospital for psychiatric evaluation after a string of bizarre politically-charged outbursts on stage during his 'Saint Pablo' tour. He was diagnosed with temporary psychosis resulting from lack of sleep and dehydration.
Snoop hit out at Trump's supporters, and made sure to single out Kanye as he did so.
The iconic hip-hop star, who first arrived on the scene over 25 years ago, was speaking to radio DJ Suss One for The Feature Presentation on SiriusXM this week, a clip of which found its way onto YouTube on Tuesday (September 18th). Snoop’s NSFW broadside was triggered when the presenter told him that “a lot of his fans” often get angry if Trump is criticised on the air.
“Well you need to know that a lot of your fans is racist,” the 46 year old rapper retorted frankly. “I don’t give a f***. I tell them straight up. If you like that n***** you mother****** racist.”
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg Slams Donald Trump And Kanye West In NSFW Outburst
A reason was never given at the time of the tour's cancellation.
Lady GaGa has addressed the real reason why she pulled out of the joint tour she was due to take with Kanye West almost ten years ago. No reason was ever given at the time about why she was cancelling her appearance, but the singer knew that it was time for her to stop.
Lady Gaga at Toronto International Film Festival
The pair were set to embark on their 'Fame Kills' tour beginning in November 2009 and taking them to January 2010, but the dates ended up being cancelled shortly after tickets went on sale. Many suspected it had something to do with the controversy surrounding Kanye interrupting Taylor Swift's MTV VMA acceptance speech, but Gaga says it was more personal than that.
Kanye decided to defuse the months-long social media feud with fellow hip-hop megastar Drake this week.
After a summer of feuding over social media, Kanye West has extended an olive branch to his rap rival Drake just a couple of days after his wife Kim Kardashian publicly denied that she had slept with the Canadian star.
Posting a picture of one of Drake’s live shows, the 41 year old star wrote: “Sending good energy and love to Drake and family and crew…. I haven’t seen the show in person but the images look incredible online. I understand where the confusion started.”
“Let me start by apologizing for stepping on your release date in the first place… We were building a bond and working on music together including squashing the issues with Cudi at our office. When I put the dates up I was a bit ramped up doing 25 tweets a day TMZ happened shortly after… I have to hop on the plane now… will type more when I land.”
Continue reading: Kanye West Makes Peace Offering In Feud With Drake
West also spoke about his notorious slavery comments in a Chicago radio interview this week.
Appearing on the chat show host’s show back in early August, the rapper was asked why he thinks that the current president cares about black people – spinning a statement that West himself made more than a decade ago about former president George W. Bush in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Speaking to 107.5 WGCI Chicago, 40 year old West was asked the same question, and, after a long 25-second pause, he eventually answered: “I feel that he cares about the way black people feel about him.”
Continue reading: Kanye West Answers Jimmy Kimmel's Donald Trump Question - Finally
Some brutally honest facts about Kanye from the horse's mouth.
It's been a while, but Kanye West's return to television was as informative and honest as we could have expected. Going on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' wasn't something his team thought was a great idea at first, and indeed he's already receiving backlash for failing to answer Jimmy's question about his Trump endorsement, but we learned a lot.
Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards 2016
Here are eight things Kanye revealed in his interview:
Continue reading: 8 Things We Learned From Kanye West's Interview With Jimmy Kimmel
The reality TV star was married to her second husband for just 72 days before they filed for divorce
Kim Kardashian's life has been open for scrutiny for many years and that includes her romantic highs but also her romantic lows. One particular low came in the form of her 72 day marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries - after a very lavish and expensive ceremony shown exclusively on the family reality show.
Kim Kardashian West was miserable during her short marriage to Kris Humphries
But now Kim has revealed she 'f**ked up' with Kris and that she was miserable when she was with him.
'The Late Late Show' host revealed that he's tried on numerous occasions, without success, to get Kanye to do 'Carpool Karaoke' with him.
As ‘Carpool Karaoke’ continues to grow in popularity with no signs of slow-down any time soon, the list of megastars who’ve participated contains one person notable by his absence – Kanye West. But his absence is nothing to do with his occasionally controversial views, according to James Corden, instead simply because he keeps cancelling.
‘The Late Late Show’ host was speaking to Kanye’s mother-in-law Kris Jenner on the chat show on Monday this week, during a segment called ‘Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts’, where guests must answer an awkward question or consume a disgusting food or drink item.
“We’ve tried,” Corden explained, saying that Yeezy’s last minute pull-out cost the show $45,000.
Continue reading: James Corden Says Kanye West Has Cancelled 'Carpool Karaoke' THREE Times
Rodman has frequently visited North Korea over the last few years, and gets on well with its totalitarian leader Kim.
As of the end of June, 57 year old Rodman has made no fewer than five visits to the repressive country in order to meet its dictatorial head of state. According to Rodman’s agent, he and Kim get along extremely well and “both love sports and music”.
The sportsman is set to make another trip to North Korea this September, and according to a report in Us Weekly, he’s planning to ask outspoken rap star Kanye West to come with him.
What a time to be alive!
We reported yesterday that the ever-prodigious Kanye West was teasing the possibility of releasing an album every week for the next year, incredible as that seems. However, one of those seems to be coming together soon, with Chance the Rapper revealing that he’s planning a collaboration album with Yeezy.
The 25 year old rapper was speaking to Complex this week and mentioning that, alongside his collaboration with Kanye, he was also working with Donald Glover – aka Childish Gambino – on another project.
“I've been actively working on the project with Childish. I’m going to do a seven-track with Ye,” Chance told the interviewer. He and Kanye are slated to begin working together in July.
According to journalist Jon Caramanica, Yeezy is planning to stretch his recent hectic release schedule out for an entire year.
It’s been a busy month for Kanye West, rolling out his most recent studio album, a collaboration LP and a number of records he’s produced for others in consecutive weeks. Now, however, there are reports that he’s planning to do the same pattern for a year, releasing “52 albums in 52 weeks”.
The 41 year old megastar told Jon Caramanica in a wide-ranging interview last month, soon after the release of ye, and which the journalist related on his ‘Popcast’ podcast this week that he plans to release a huge number of other projects over the coming months.
“He told me at one point he wants to make 52 records in 52 weeks,” Caramanica said. “Take that for what you will.”
Continue reading: Kanye West Reportedly Planning To Release "52 Albums In 52 Weeks"
Date of birth
8th June, 1977
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