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.
Kimye are set to expand their family, having struck a $113,000 deal with a surrogate mother via an agency to carry their third child.
After months of speculation about whether they would be able to have more children, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have found a surrogate mother to carry their third baby, multiple new reports suggest.
According to the American gossip site TMZ, the power couple has made a deal with an unnamed surrogate via an agency in order to add to their family of four. They already have two kids – daughter North, who recently turned four, and 17 month old son Saint.
As part of the alleged deal, the surrogate will have to abide by a strict regimen during the pregnancy, if successful, so that the baby is born as healthily as possible.
The pair got hitched in Italy in 2014
Kim Kardashian-West and her family have had a tumultuous three years - from Kim’s horrific robbery in Paris, Kanye’s breakdown, Caitlyn’s transformation, Khloe’s ex-husband Lamar’s hospitalisation and everything in between. One thing that has remained constant, however, is Kim and Kanye’s marriage - something the reality star shared with her millions of fans today.
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have been married for three years
The 36-year-old took to her website kimkardashianwest.com to celebrate the happy day.
Continue reading: Kim Kardashian West Celebrates Three Years Of Marriage With Kanye
Sources have put forward the theory the rapper and his reality star wife are at loggerheads over her Mexico bikini photos
Rumours have been swirling around Hollywood regarding rapper Kanye West’s noticeable absence from his wife Kim Kardashian West’s side at this year’s Met Gala. The All Falls Down hitmaker has been to the gala every year since 2013 and it has been suggested he refused to appear because of recent pictures of Kim’s holiday in Mexico.
Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West attend last year's Met Gala together
The Met Gala is hosted by influential Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, and Anna has been a firm favourite of Kanye’s for a number of years - so his no-show has come as a surprise.
Continue reading: What's The Real Reason Kanye Skipped The Met Gala?
Paul McCartney has worked with some of the world's most talented acts.
Paul McCartney may be one of the greatest musicians on the planet as a solo artist, but whenever he gets together with another trailblazer, magic happens. From Michael Jackson to Kanye West, he has worked with so many greats - and it's likely there will be many more.
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 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 West wants everyone ''in the world'' to see his comeback tour.
Kanye West wants everyone ''in the world'' to see his comeback tour.
The 39-year-old rapper cancelled the remaining dates in America for his 'Saint Pablo Tour' last year, and was swiftly hospitalised after this action for sleep deprivation and mental exhaustion, but the star is eager to reschedule his dates and put on a show everyone will be desperate to see.
A source told E! News: ''Kanye wants to finish the tour. He loves his show. He wants everyone in the world to see it.''
Continue reading: Kanye West Wants Everyone 'in The World' To See His Comeback Tour
The mystery of where Kim and Kanye shot their “middle class” family photos has been solved.
After months away from the spotlight, Kim Kardashian finally returned to Instagram last week with a series of family photos.
But rather than their usual plush surroundings Kim and Kanye, along with their two children North and Saint, were pictured in a much more modest setting, causing some fans to wonder why they were trying to appear ‘poor’.
Now the location of Kim and Kanye’s photoshoot has finally been revealed.
Date of birth
8th June, 1977
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