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.
Kanye West: Net Worth
In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed Kanye West had a net worth of 120 million USD.
Kanye West: Childhood
Kanye West was born in Atlanta, Georgia and 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.'
Kanye West: Career
Kanye West'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.
Kanye West: 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 got married in Italy.
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The rapper shares some tips on how his former family member can get his life back
In case anyone was left unaware, Kanye West has got a pretty good deal going for himself. Husband to a always well-dressed woman, father to an equally always well-dressed (and very cute) daughter with a pretty impressive music career and a sense of style all of his own - he’s got a good life.
With Kanye's own relationship apparently going well, he gave Scott Disick some advice
And it seems that the rapper believes he’s got himself together so much, he’s willing to give advice to those who aren’t doing it so well.
Continue reading: Kanye West Gives Some Wise Words To Scott Disick
Noel was surprised by how much he enjoyed the first half an hour of Kanye's Glastonbury set.
One of the most forthright men in the music industry gave his opinion on another in a new interview – and the result was rather surprising. Despite not being a hip-hop aficionado, Noel Gallagher has given his reaction to Kanye West’s much-discussed Glastonbury headline set, describing his performance as “f***ing amazing” – for about half an hour.
The former Oasis songwriter memorably looked a bit silly back in 2008 when he dismissed Jay-Z’s booking – the first ever hip-hop headliner at Glastonbury – only for the rapper to put in a blinding performance. Now, while Kanye has proved rather more divisive, Gallagher admits that he was initially impressed, though he eventually lost interest through not being a fan of the genre.
Noel Gallagher really enjoyed Kanye West's Glastonbury performance - for a bit
Kim Kardashian revealed some unheard details about her past during an interview with ‘Rolling Stone’.
Kim Kardashian has revealed some pretty juicy details about her life, including discovering Caitlyn Jenner’s secret, her father’s relationship with O.J. Simpson and how Paris Hilton responded when Kardashian’s sex tape was leaked. Kardashian discussed these aspects of her life during an interview for the cover of next month’s Rolling Stone magazine. They’ve released a few excerpts of the interview before the issue is released on Friday (3rd July).
Kim Kardashian revealed some interesting details about her life in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
The pop star burned part of the flag after she spotted it walking round the Glastonbury camp site.
The owner of the anti-Kanye West flag that was strategically burned by Lily Allen over the Glastonbury weekend has hit back at the pop star, saying she had “every right” to make the banner and told her not to vandalise people’s things.
Allen, 30, who attended the three-day festival in Somerset last weekend but wasn’t one of the performers, posted a series of videos to her Instagram account that showed her burning the flag that read “F*** off Kanye” so that it simply read “Kanye”.
Continue reading: Owner Of Anti-Kanye Glastonbury Flag Responds To Lily Allen
The unexpected interloper on Kanye's Glastonbury stage has taken to social media to explain his actions - he did it for Taylor Swift!
The stage invader who interrupted Kanye West’s headline set at Glastonbury at the weekend has finally broken his silence. As you probably already know, the perpetrator was English comedian Simon Brodkin, masquerading as his on-stage persona Lee Nelson.
Brodkin, who has wrote and performed in the comedy series ‘Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show for two seasons on BBC Three from 2010 to 2011, took to Twitter to post a picture of himself wearing a self-made ‘Lee-zus’ T-shirt and holding a fake microphone, standing next to a slightly perturbed Kanye during ‘Black Skinhead’.
This all went on for fewer than 10 seconds, before Brodkin was quickly intercepted by a security guard and dragged from the stage. While Kanye took it in his stride, he was distracted enough to quickly re-start the song before moving on.
Continue reading: Kanye's Stage Invader At Glastonbury Breaks His Silence
One audience member’s cry for attention during Kanye’s Glasto performance has been condemned by fans as misogynistic and disgusting.
A Glastonbury audience member has been criticised online for flying a flag showing a still from Kim Kardashian’s sex tape during Kanye West’s headlining set. Kardashian, who is four months pregnant, attended her husband’s Pyramid Stage set at the British festival on Saturday night and later called it the ‘craziest show ever’ on twitter.
Kim Kardashian appear on the flag of one audience member at Glastonbury on Saturday.
The flag showed a still from the tape, which featured Kardashian and her former partner Ray-J and was leaked without the reality star’s consent in 2007. The flag also had the words “Get Down, Girl, Get Head Get Down,” written across it.
Unsurprisingly Kanye West's headline set at Glastonbury last night has divided internet opinion.
Last night US rapper Kanye West headlined Glastonbury, Britain’s most iconic music festival, in a decision which was controversial even by standards set in recent years (remember all those Metallica nay sayers?). But now that it’s all over, just what did the Glastonbury audience make of Yezzus on the Pyramid stage?
Kanye West on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage on Saturday.
With a stage set which featured nothing more than a ceiling made up of a few hundred lightbulbs, Kanye West took on Glastonbury solo, opening up with the very appropriate ‘Stronger’. But it wasn’t long until some drama went down, as midway through the third song Kanye fell victim to a stage invader, later identified as comedian Lee Nelson.
Kanye's entourage is so massive that a special viewing platform has been built to accommodate them.
With a matter of hours to go before he takes to the stage for his controversial Glastonbury headline show on Saturday night, it seems as if Kanye West is already making his presence felt. He’s bringing such a large entourage to the festival that other bands’ guestlists have had to be restricted.
British indie stars The Maccabees stated to BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat that they “were told we only had one guest each this time,” according to the band’s guitarist Felix White. “I've not got that many other friends who want to come, but I'm just making a point!”
Kanye and wife Kim Kardashian arriving at Glastonbury via helicopter
Move over Kim, Instagram just got a new queen!
Kendall Jenner is the new queen of Instagram.
The pic, which Kendall uploaded on May 25th, shows the model lying on the floor in a gorgeous white dress, with her hair spread out and the ends making little hearts. The 19 year old had simply captioned the image with a heart emoticon.
Kim Kardashian debunked rumours claiming she and husband Kanye West were so desperate for a son they only used male embryos during IVF treatment.
Kim Kardashian is used to being the centre of attention and her fans haven’t stopped talking about her second pregnancy. However, some have been prying a little too deeply into the conception of Kardashian’s baby and some have even accused her of deliberately only using male embryos during her IVF treatment. Kardashian has set the record straight, claiming she had struggled so much to conceive that had the baby been a girl, she would have been a welcome addition to the Kardashian Klan.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting their second child together - a son!
Date of birth
8th June, 1977