Kanye West

Kanye West

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

The Location Where Kim Kardashian And Kanye West "Played Poor" Has Been Revealed


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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.

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Police Reportedly Arrest 16 Men In Connection With Kim Kardashian Robbery


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French police are said to have arrested 16 men today in connection with the robbery of Kim Kardashian in October.

According to reports the arrests were made after months of DNA testing, with most of the men in custody said have lengthly criminal records.

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Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Visit Jay Z And Beyonce


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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are starting 2017 by mending fences, after being pictured visiting the home of former friends Beyonce and Jay Z.

The two couples were thought to have been close friends until November, when Kanye called out Jay in an onstage rant, days before he was hospitalised. During the rant Kanye had accused Jay of not supporting him and his wife following Kim’s Paris robbery ordeal.

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Kim Kardashian Speaks About Paris Robbery For The First Time In 'KUWTK' Clip


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Kim Kardashian has opened up for the first time about her Paris robbery ordeal.

In a promo clip for the new series of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, which returns to E! in March, Kim is seen crying as she recalls the terrifying incident to sisters Khloe and Kourtney.

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Kim Kardashian Finally Returns To Social Media


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Kim Kardashian has finally returned to social media, and she has one message for her fans, family. The 36-year-old reality star has been absent from social media since being robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October. Since then Kim and husband Kanye West have been plagued by divorce rumours, especially after the rapper’s hospitalisation in November.

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Sam Bennett's Top Ten Albums Of 2016


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Along with 2016, as is the case with every twelve months that passes by, came the age-old complaints that 'hip-hop isn't the same' and that any progression or change is automatically a bad thing. UK based artists make up four of my Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums Of 2016, and Skepta has led a British invasion on American shores. High Focus representatives Dabbla and Ocean Wisdom are also pushing progressive and forward-thinking product on their exciting releases, and on the other end of the spectrum we find London MC PhybaOptikz delivering some of the silkiest boom bap of the year with his under-appreciated project. We also had a number of noteworthy comeback LP's, and some of the biggest names in rap music returned with projects that were as much noted for clickbait context as they were for the quality of the music; the quality was most definitely there though.

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One of the UK's most treasured MC's finally hit his deserved recognition with this year's LP 'Konnichiwa'. Grime is going global, and who better to serve as its overseas figurehead than Tottenham lyricist Skepta. With undisputable bangers like 'Man (Gang)', 'Shutdown' and 'That's Not Me' (all of which individually set YouTube alight with huge videos), big name collaborations such as Pharrell Williams, Young Lord and A$AP Nast along with an intense and polished sound, the album was an instant hit. People have been waiting for Skepta to deliver a consistent, hard-hitting project for years now, and 'Konnichiwa' did everything we hoped for and more. If you're as uncompromising as Skepta is on this album and even the Mercury panel are rooting for you, you've got to be doing something right.

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Kanye West Shares Happy Holidays Snap With Kim Kardashian Amid Break-Up Rumours


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Kanye West has shared a photo of himself, wife Kim Kardashian and children North and Saint, celebrating at Kris Jenner’s Christmas Eve bash.

It had previously been reported that Kanye was ‘ordered to stay away’ from the party by wife Kim, but the rapper has confirmed he did make an appearance later in the night.

What Has Happened To Kanye West In 2016?


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Donald Trump may recently have been anointed as Time magazine’s Man of the Year, but if it weren’t for his unexpected presidential election win then Kanye West surely would have had the strongest shout for that title. 

2016 has been such a controversy-packed year for the outspoken rapper that it’s hard to know where to begin, so let’s just try to do this chronologically.

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Chloe Dobinson's Top Ten Albums Of 2016


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Here is a recap of my best albums of 2016 including a diverse range of genres and musicians compiling my list featuring the likes of Kings Of Leon, Drake and Jake Bugg.

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An 8 year wait marks a return for duo the Last Shadow Puppets offering Everything you've Come to Expect and my number one in the top 10 of 2016. Aviation is charming and seductive being described as psychedelic pop hooking the listening from the get go. Miracle Aligner, Everything you've Come to Expect and Bad Habits all have lyrics and roll of the tongue song titles with its smart production of James Ford with a simple yet effective sound.

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Kanye West 'Cancels Planned Saint Pablo European Tour'


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Kanye West has reportedly pulled the plug on the European leg of his Saint Pablo tour. While West had not formally announced any dates for the tour yet, he was expected to bring it over the UK and Europe next year.

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TMZ report that, “Kanye‘s people contacted concert promoter Live Nation and informed them the second leg was officially cancelled.” No dates for the tour had been announced yet, but according to TMZ, planned stops included Paris, the UK and Germany.

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Kanye West stops to sign autographs before departing from LAX airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 12th November 2016

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Kanye West pulls his hood over his head as he leaves Kim Kardashian's apartment in Manhattan, New York, United States - Tuesday 4th October 2016

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Kanye West posing alone and with Kim Kardashian at the MTV Video Music Awards 2016 held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. United States - Sunday 28th August 2016

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Kim Kardashian , Kanye West - Kim Kardashian arrives at Los Angeles International Airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 14th June 2016

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Kim Kardashian , Kanye West - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seen arriving at LAX airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 14th June 2016

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Kanye West

Date of birth

8th June, 1977

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.73




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