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.
It's been eight months, but his compensation is yet to be posted.
As if his last year hasn't been difficult enough, Kanye West is now in the midst of a legal battle with his tour insurers who are allegedly refusing to pay out even though it's been eight months since the Saint Pablo Tour was cancelled.
Kanye West at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards
Apparently, Lloyd's of London insurance company are doing everything they can to avoid paying out after Kanye was forced to cancel the remainder of his 2016 tour on the grounds of mental illness. Despite evidence of his erratic behaviour on stage (no-one can forget the 'I would've voted for Trump' debacle) and his subsequent hospitalisation, insurers remain reluctant to compensate their client.
Us Weekly and other outlets reported that the surrogate mom selected by Kim and Kanye is three months pregnant.
It was widely reported back in June this year that the celebrity power couple had successfully found a surrogate mother willing to carry a baby for them. However, a source has apparently told Us Weekly on Wednesday (July 26th) that the woman – a San Diego mother in her mid-20s, referred to them by an agency – is already three months along.
This means, if everything is true and goes according to plan, that the Kardashian Wests will become parents again in January 2018!
It will reportedly talk about secret splits between Kim and Kanye
Former basketball star and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian is writing a tell-all book which he has said will cover "everything" including - sources have revealed - revelations about secret splits between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Could Lamar spill all the Kardashian secrets?
InTouch Weekly reported the star, who suffered difficulties with drugs during his marriage to Khloe, has written the memoir which will spare no details.
2 Chainz says his pal Kanye West is producing music again.
Kanye West is producing music again.
The 40-year-old rapper has returned to the studio and is heavily involved in working on new music, according to his close friend, 2 Chainz, who was previously known as Tity Boi.
Speaking on DJ Drama's 'Streetz Is Watchin' show on Shade 45, 2 Chainz said: ''He's actually producing again, like him, not just giving out directions, which he started doing for awhile. You'll be hearing some new Tity Boi and Kanye real soon.''
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Kanye has left the company over money troubles.
Drama has hit the music industry as it's revealed that Kanye West is leaving Jay Z's Tidal service over an apparent financial disagreement. The company are adamant that they will sue him if he dares sign with another streaming service, but the rapper is ready to counter-sue.
Kanye West snapped at LAX in 2016
It seems that the 'Famous' musician hasn't been happy in his involvement with the company for some time, alleging that he is owed over $3 million by them and is therefore terminating his engagement with them over breach of contract.
Continue reading: Kanye West And Jay Z Feuding Over Tidal Departure
The rapper's people are in talks with Live Nation about possibly resuming the Saint Pablo tour early next year.
Following a lengthy absence from the music scene after his hospitalisation late last year, Kanye West is reportedly preparing to resume touring in early 2018.
The 40 year old rapper made headlines in November last year when he was taken to UCLA Medical Centre, suffering from ‘severe sleep deprivation’. He had refused to go to hospital voluntarily, and had to be restrained for transportation. Doctors later diagnosed him with “temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration.”
Kanye West will reportedly resume touring in 2018
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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.
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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
Here are our ten favourite Paul McCartney duets:
Date of birth
8th June, 1977
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