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 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.'

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. 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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Kanye West's Rep Dismisses Underpaid Model Claims


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The rapper debuted his Yeezy Season 3 collection and staged a listening party for his new album, The Life of Pablo, at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (11Feb16) in time for New York Fashion Week. His wife Kim Kardashian and many of her family were in attendance, alongside celebrities including Gigi Hadid, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and actresses Jaime King and Chloe Sevigny.

However, in a lengthy post on Instagram, a user known only by the name of 'kur-ents' - who claims to have taken part in the show - alleged many of the models were working for free, with some even wearing clothes from retailer American Apparel, editors at TMZ.com report.

"Kanye finnessed (sic) 1200 young black adults into working as extras for free to a sold out white crowd that was screaming 'all day n**ga'. We didn't find out we weren't getting paid til 6am. He sent us to (New) Jersey and put us in Salvation Army clothes (not Yeezy, my pants were Carhartt and my shirt was American Apparel)," he wrote on Friday (12Feb16).

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Jaime King: 'I Enjoyed Kanye's Fashion Show Up To A Point'


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The Pearl Harbor star was in the audience for the gig at Madison Square Garden, where Kanye unveiled tracks from his upcoming release T.L.O.P.

But she was taken aback by one new tune, titled Famous, because it featured what appeared to be an attack on West's former rival Taylor, who is godmother to Jaime's son Leo.

The offending lyrics - "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why, I made that b**ch famous - prompted King to delete a video she had posted from the event on Instagram, and she later took to Twitter.com and wrote, "I'm so sad right now & disappointed right now. I stand by my sister. Always."

Continue reading: Jaime King: 'I Enjoyed Kanye's Fashion Show Up To A Point'

Ruby Rose: 'I Can't Support Kanye West Anymore'


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The Orange is the New Black star has tired of Kanye's risque comments about his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose and embattled comedian Bill Cosby, who has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 women, but it was the rap star's song lyric about her friend Taylor Swift which served as the final straw.

West debuted songs from his new album T.L.O.P. during a livestreamed New York Fashion Week showcase at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (11Feb16), and he set social media alight with a questionable jab at Taylor, his one-time rival, in the lyrics for Famous.

He rapped, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b**ch famous."

Continue reading: Ruby Rose: 'I Can't Support Kanye West Anymore'

Famous-gate: Taylor Swift Denies Kanye West's Claims She Okayed Sexist Lyric


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What is going on between Kanye West and Taylor Swift? We thought the pair had become buds since the notorious 2009 VMA incident, laughing off what had happened and even talking of working together. But now West has shaken things up again with a new song featuring explicit lyrics about her. 

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While the rapper claims that he'd asked Swift's approval of the song and she gave him the go ahead, her rep has denied that any such conversation took place. And, let's be honest, it does seem unlikely that Swift would green light such a controversial song given her strong stance on feminism.

Continue reading: Famous-gate: Taylor Swift Denies Kanye West's Claims She Okayed Sexist Lyric

Joey Bada$$ In Scuffle Outside Kanye West Album Launch


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Video footage of the incident posted on Youtube.com shows the hip hop star, real name Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, hitting out at a snapper who tapped the back of his head while he was getting into a car outside New York's Madison Square Garden venue.

Joey and the photographer became embroiled in an ugly shoving match, causing a police officer to place himself between the pair in order to break up the scuffle.

The Summer Knights musician was attending a listening party and fashion event held by Kanye to mark the upcoming release of his new album The Life Of Pablo.

Kanye West: 'Song Lyric Was Taylor Swift's Idea'


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The rapper debuted new material from his album The Life of Pablo during his New York Fashion Week presentation on Thursday (11Feb16) and took aim at Taylor in his track Famous, in which he raps, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, yeah I made that b**ch famous."

In the rap, Kanye is referencing the moment he stormed onstage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and grabbed the microphone off Taylor as she was about to accept the Female Video of the Year award, because he felt Beyonce deserved to win instead.

After news of the lyrics began circulating on the Internet, Taylor's representatives denied claims she approved of the song, insisting Taylor declined to promote it on Twitter.com and "cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message... Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that b**ch famous'."

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Taylor Swift 'Cautioned Kanye West About Releasing A Misogynistic Song About Her'


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The 38-year-old rapper unveiled his new Yeezy Season 3 clothing line and much-anticipated album T.L.O.P. (The Life of Pablo) during his New York Fashion Week presentation on Thursday (11Feb16).

One song he unveiled really caught fans' attention thanks to the line in which he raps: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, yeah I made that b**ch famous."

Shortly afterwards, there was claims that Kanye had contacted Taylor for approval of the song, and the singer had "got the joke".

Continue reading: Taylor Swift 'Cautioned Kanye West About Releasing A Misogynistic Song About Her'

Kanye West Unveils 'The Life Of Pablo' - Taylor Swift At Lyrics


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One of the year’s most hotly anticipated albums finally got its first airing last night, as Kanye West unveiled The Life of Pablo last night in an intriguing, rather ramshackle event at Madison Square Garden, in which he also launched his Yeezy Season 3 fashion project.

The event, easily the most high profile at New York Fashion Week, saw a guest appearance from Naomi Campbell and his assorted models giving black power salutes.

As the crowd filed in, they were greeted to the sight of a huge sheet covering two large structures in the middle of the basketball court (MSG is normally the home of the New York Knicks). The sheet was removed to show Kanye’s models, wearing distinctly autumnal colours and standing absolutely still, after which Kanye played the album over a laptop.

Continue reading: Kanye West Unveils 'The Life Of Pablo' - Taylor Swift At Lyrics

Khloe Kardashian And Lamar Odon Head To New York For Kanye's Fashion Show


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While Khloe has rarely left Lamar's side since he was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel in October (15), this is the first time they have been seen together in public.

The former couple, who have yet to finalise their divorce, looked in good spirits as they arrived at Los Angeles' Van Nuys Airport to board a private jet at around 9pm.

It is believed they were heading to New York where they are expected to make an appearance at Khloe's brother-in-law Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show and album listening party during New York Fashion Week at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (11Feb16).

Continue reading: Khloe Kardashian And Lamar Odon Head To New York For Kanye's Fashion Show

Kanye West Changes Album Title For Fourth Time


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The 38-year-old rapper announced the news on his Twitter page on Thursday (11Feb16), alongside a full track list for the record.

"Final track list for The Life Of Pablo," he wrote.

The decision marks the fourth time Kanye has changed the moniker for his latest offering. The hip-hop superstar had originally named his upcoming studio effort So Help Me God, before changing it to Swish and then to Waves last month (Jan16) - a decision which led to a now infamous Twitter feud with Wiz Khalifa.

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Kanye West Departs On A Flight From Los Angeles International Airport

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Kanye West Arrives At Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport

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Artists Imagine Celebs As The Next James Bond

Kanye West - With this in mind DesignCrowd, the virtual design studio with almost half a million designers, thought it would run a fun contest asking its community of designers to create images of who they thought the next James Bond should be. - New South Wales, Australia - Tuesday 17th November 2015

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Kanye West Arrives At Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport

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Kanye West Take Nori To The Ballet Class To Meet Up With Kourtney And Penelope.

Kourtney Kardashian, Penelope Scotland Disick, Kanye West , North West - Kanye West was spotted taking daughter North West to the ballet class tand met up with Kourtney Kardashian and Penelope, in Encino , CA. - Encino, California, United States - Wednesday 11th November 2015

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Kanye West

Date of birth

8th June, 1977

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.73




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