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.
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Paul McCartney performing at Desert Trip 2016
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The couple had a difficult 2016 following the Paris robbery and the rapper's hospitalisation
Kim Kardashian had a difficult time of things last year as she struggled to get over the horrendous robbery she suffered at the hands of Paris thieves and then when her husband, Kanye West, was hospitalised after a breakdown. The star took a break from social media as she tried to get her family in order but has since returned and started to speak about her family’s tumultuous times.
Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West suffered a bad year in 2016
Now the Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s reality queen has revealed she felt a "sense of responsibility" for Kanye’s breakdown after she relied on him so heavily after the Paris robbery.
Kardashian, 36, revealed in last weekend's 'KUWTK' that she has "given up" on falling pregnant again.
After recently revealing her growing desire to have a third child, Kim Kardashian is apparently on the verge of giving up on becoming pregnant again and is searching for a surrogate.
On Sunday night’s episode of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ (April 2nd), the 36 year old mother of two was reflective about how far she’s come with her husband Kanye West and her children, three year old North and one year old Saint.
Kim Kardashian is now seeking a surrogate in order to have a third child
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was robbed of millions of pounds worth of jewellery in October
Details surrounding Kim Kardashian West’s brutal robbery in Paris have been slowly emerging on the family’s reality TV show from the woman herself and the latest revelation is that the mother-of-two thinks the perpetrators followed her movements on social media before waiting to ambush her when she was alone.
Kim Kardashian West was robbed in Paris in October
In a new teaser clip for the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the social media star speaks to her sisters Kourtney and Khloe about what she believes happened to her on the fateful night of October 2 in the French capital.
The rapper went to meet the then President-elect to talk through some issues
Despite winning the US Presidential election, Donald Trump doesn’t have a lot of friends or a copious amount of outspoken fans. So, when rapper Kanye West went to meet Trump during the time he was President-elect and he spoke of their friendship - many were surprised.
Kris Jenner 'clears up' her son-in-law, Kanye's relationship with President Trump
However, it appears that the Yeezy fashion designer and husband of Kim Kardashian has backtracked and may not be as close to the new leader of the Free World as first thought.
Continue reading: Kris Jenner Claims Kanye West And Donald Trump Are Not Friends
The couple’s marital problems of last year appear to be over.
Continue reading: Kim Kardashian Spends Romantic Valentine's Day With Kanye West
West collaborator Malik Yusef says the rapper’s “memory is coming back”.
Kanye West reportedly suffered memory loss after his hospitalisation in November.
The rapper’s longtime collaborator Malik Yusef was asked how Kanye was doing while he walked the Grammys red carpet on Sunday night, and said his friend’s memory was “coming back”.
Kanye West reportedly suffered memory loss after his hospitalisation in November
Continue reading: Kanye West Reportedly Suffered Memory Loss After Hospitalisation
The rapper has deleted tweets referencing their December 13 meeting.
The rapper has deleted all tweets referencing his December 13 meeting with the President, where they were said to have discussed ‘multicultural issues’.
Kanye West has deleted tweets referencing his meeting with Trump
Continue reading: Is Kanye West's Friendship With Donald Trump Over Already?
Kanye and Kim are working on a children's fashion range.
The 36 year old reality star and model revealed via her Snapchat account on Tuesday (January 31st) that the toddler took her first steps as a fashion designer and model by picking out the colour and fabric of the first outfit.
“Daddy and mommy are doing a kids line and these are some of the pieces,” the reality star said from behind the camera as North showed off her outfit, using the living room table as a catwalk. “Northie picked out the colours and the fabric.”
West has also been working on a children’s clothing line with wife Kim Kardashian.
Kanye West is set to debut his Yeezy Season 5 collection at New York Fashion Week later this month.
Last year the rapper’s Season 4 show on Roosevelt Island hit the headlines, after one attendee compared the experience to being “kidnapped”. But this time around Kanye has chosen a more accessible venue, the Pier 59 Studios at Chelsea Piers.
Kanye West will debut Yeezy Season 5 later this month
Continue reading: Kanye West Will Debut Yeezy Season 5 At NYFW
Date of birth
8th June, 1977
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