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Kanye West

Kanye West


Famous as :


Birth Name :

Kanye Omari West

Birth Date :

June 08, 1977

Birth Place :

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Spouse :

Kim Kardashian (TV star, since 24-May-14)

Claim to fame :

Debut album "The College Dropout" (2004)


Being the son of a photojournalist and an English teacher, Kanye Omari West was properly raised in Chicago after his birth on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. It was probably due to the influence of his parents, Ray and Donda West, that he gradually showed interest in poetry as well as visual arts. As he discovered a new attraction to music in his early teens, the boy started to spend most of the time harmonizing his rhyming skills with experimental beats produced through his keyboard. Under the guidance of the renowned Chicago producer, NO I.D., he afterwards uniquely created his own style which relies on the use of sped up vocal loops and sweeping strings. A promising chance to break into music industry approached in 1998 when Jermaine Dupri used one of Kanye's beats on his album entitled "Life in 1472." The unusual rhythm satisfyingly caught the attention of the hip-hop community, marking his initial success.

Looking upon his early attainment, Kanye decided to quit his study at Columbia College with the desire to pursue career as a music producer. Throughout 1999 and 2000, he had been involved in the album productions of some well-known singers, such as Trina & Tamara, Harlem World, The Madd Rapper and Lil' Kim. However, it was not until the following year that he came into popularity as he took part in Jay-Z's album, "The Blueprint." Inserting his beat-making style which has become his trademark in the hit tracks like "Takeover", "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" and "Never Change", he instantly became one of the most wanted producers when the album reached the top position of the Billboard Hot 200. This huge achievement apparently did not satisfy him for he then looked forward to develop another career as a performer. Nevertheless, the process was not easy since he had to face rejection from many record companies due to his appearance and overall style.

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Lionel Richie and Liam Gallagher Blast Kanye West's Performance at BRIT Awards

February 27, 2015 18:06:01 GMT

After bashing the likes of and in the past, now gets criticized by fellow musicians such as and Liam Gallagher. The rapper takes the heat over his performance at BRIT Awards this week.

Kanye West Gets Tattoos of His Late Mother and North West's Birth Dates on His Wrists

February 27, 2015 09:19:28 GMT

has gotten his mother Donda West and his daughter North West's birth dates tattoed on his wrists. On early Friday, February 27, his wife shared some photos on Instagram of the process done at tattoo parlor Sang Bleu in London.

Kanye West Publicly Apologizes to Beck and Bruno Mars

February 27, 2015 02:14:46 GMT

Nearly three weeks after he almost crashed 's acceptance speech at the Grammys, wants the world to know he's deeply sorry. On Thursday, February 26, the rapper unexpectedly took to Twitter to apologize to the multi-instrumentalist as well as .

Madonna Talks Kanye West, Lady GaGa and Taylor Swift

February 26, 2015 17:49:01 GMT

lands the cover of Rolling Stone's latest edition, channeling her inner on the mag's front page. The Material Girl weighs in on 's antics, addresses her catfight with , and comes to 's defense against critics.

Kim Kardashian Takes Selfie With Kanye, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith After Selfie Fail at BRIT Awards

February 26, 2015 09:10:11 GMT

took selfie with her husband , and at the 2015 BRIT Awards on Wednesday, February 26. She captioned it, "Britt Awards!!! @TaylorSwift @samsmithworld."

Taylor Swift Denies She Works With Kanye West for 'Bad Blood' Remix

February 26, 2015 08:50:42 GMT

is now officially one of 's BFFs after they reconciled at the Grammys earlier this month. They have even revealed plans to hit the studio together and work on a collaboration.

Video: Kanye West Debuts New Track 'All Day' at 2015 BRIT Awards

February 26, 2015 01:56:27 GMT

Marking his comeback to the prestigious BRIT Awards, surprised audience by debuting his new track "All Day" during the awards show. Getting introduced by his famous wife , the rapper successfully rocked the stage and got the pack of crowd moved their body to the vibe.

Kim Kardashian Looks Embarrassed by Kanye West's 'Broke Black Dudes' Joke at BET

February 24, 2015 20:59:17 GMT

was stunned when her outspoken husband said out loud that she dated "broke black dudes" in the past. The rapper made the comment when accepting Visionary Award at BET honors which took place in January but didn't air until this week. In footage newly released online, Kim whose exes include and is seen her ducking her head and mouthing "Oh my god" at his antics.

Kim Kardashian Taking Piano Lesson, Learning Kanye West's Song

February 23, 2015 03:48:25 GMT

Amid heavy coverage surrounding this year's Oscars, has one new update to share, that she is taking piano lesson. Greater than that, she is learning one of his husband 's songs.

Kanye West Calls Out NYFW Creator Who Criticized His Fashion Line

February 21, 2015 23:47:53 GMT

addresses criticisms over his new Yeezy collection for Adidas showcased at New York Fashion Week. The rapper took to Twitter to call out Fern Mallis, the NYFW creator, who said she was "kind of over" him. "I mean, I'm not a fan of his music, and the attitude and the agenda is not my style," she said.

Kanye West's New Album Is '80 Percent Done,' Will Have Surprise Release

February 21, 2015 02:01:39 GMT

's new album is almost finished. The rapper revealed the current status of the highly-anticipated effort and what to expect from it during an interview on Power 105.1's "Breakfast Club" on Friday, February 20.

Amber Rose Hits Back at Kanye West Over '30 Showers' Diss

February 20, 2015 22:27:39 GMT

was fuming at her former boyfriend . The model took to Twitter to fire back at the rapper after she was slut-shamed by her ex in a recent radio interview with Power 105's "The Breakfast Club".

Kanye West Hints That Tyga and Kylie Jenner Are Dating

February 20, 2015 21:02:02 GMT

dropped a bombshell on a recent radio interview. The rapper husband of seemed to confirm that , 25, was indeed romantically involved with , 17, despite Tyga's persistent denial.

Kanye West Fires Back at Ex Amber Rose After She Dissed Kardashians

February 20, 2015 18:52:35 GMT

reacts to 's unfavorable comments about the Kardashians. "She's just soakin' in the moment. If Kim had dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn't be an Amber Rose," he said of his ex.

Taylor Swift Grabs Dinner With Kanye West in New York City

February 19, 2015 08:48:37 GMT

and were having dinner together on Tuesday, February 17 at The Spotted Pig restaurant in New York City. Taylor and Kanye may have been taking about working on a duet together. They were in good mood when leaving the place.

Arcade Fire's Win Butler Mashes Up Kanye West's 'Jesus Walks' and Beck's 'Loser'

February 17, 2015 09:23:47 GMT

In the wake of the incident involving and at last week's Grammy Awards, Win Butler unleashed his DJ Windows 98 alter ego and created a mash-up of the two stars' hits. The frontman then took to SoundCloud recently to share "Jesus Walks, Loser", which is obviously a rework of 'Ye's "Jesus Walks" and Beck's "Loser".

New Music: Big Sean's 'One Man Can Change the World' Ft. Kanye West and John Legend

February 17, 2015 04:29:42 GMT

has dropped another song while he's gearing up to release his new album, "". The rapper premiered on Monday, February 16 a slow-tempo track called "One Man Can Change the World" which he recorded with and .

Video: Kanye West and Miley Cyrus Among Performers on 'SNL' Special

February 16, 2015 08:03:31 GMT

was among performers for the 40th anniversary special of "" on Sunday, February 15. Treating viewers to a medley of his hit songs, the rapper kicked off his mini-set with "Jesus Walks" from his 2004 debut "".

Video: Drake Brings Out Kanye West at Concert, Covers 'Only One' and 'FourFiveSeconds'

February 16, 2015 03:02:10 GMT

co-headlined Sprite's "Obey Your Thirst" concert held during the NBA All-Star weekend. The rapper brought out some of his famous friends including as he took the stage at Irving Plaza in New York City.

North West Crying While Sitting Front Row at NYFW With Mommy and Daddy

February 15, 2015 21:40:40 GMT

North West threw tantrums at New York Fashion Week over the weekend. The toddler was seen crying while sitting front row on her mom's lap during the Alexander Wang showcase where aunt walked the runway and the Adidas show where daddy showed off his new Yeezus footwear.

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian, Anna Wintour Sit Front Row at Kanye West's Fashion Show

February 13, 2015 04:16:54 GMT

's collaborative collection with Adidas made its debut on the first day of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, February 12. His wife and their daughter North West were seen sitting on the front row next to Anna Wintour, and .

Will Smith Reveals He Works on New Music With Kanye West

February 13, 2015 03:51:28 GMT

may return to the music scene with the help of . During a London premiere of his new film "", the actor hinted at his new music as he revealed that he recently hit the studio with the rapper.

Kanye West Debuts New Song 'Wolves' Featuring Sia and Vic Mensa

February 13, 2015 01:49:46 GMT

debuted his new Adidas shoes during a Thursday, February 12 event in New York. In addition to unveiling the Yeezy 750 Boost, the rapper treated the crowd including celebrities like , , and to a new song called "Wolves" featuring Australian singer/songwriter and budding rapper Vic Mensa.

50 Cent Trashes Grammys, Disagrees With Kanye West's Comment on Beck's Win

February 12, 2015 07:36:25 GMT

weighs in on 's antics at the 2015 Grammy Awards on Sunday night, February 8. The G-Unit rapper shared his thought on his former rival's rant against Album of the Year winner as he discussed his underwear line FRIGO in a new interview with PEOPLE.

Kanye West Says He Will Make Music With Taylor Swift

February 11, 2015 21:01:00 GMT

Will record a duet with ? In an interview with on his radio show, the rapper said, "yeah," when asked if he would collaborate with the country/pop singer. "She wants to get in the studio and we're definitely going to go in," he said.

John Legend Clarifies Thought on Kanye West's Grammys Antics: I Don't Support Him Dissing Beck

February 11, 2015 03:51:27 GMT

After admitting that he found pal 's antics at the 2015 Grammy Awards "funny," made it clear that it didn't mean he agreed with the rapper's statement about . As previously reported, 'Ye nearly crashed the 44-year-old musician's Album of the Year speech before saying he should've given the trophy to .

Chrissy Teigen Admits to White House Sex With John Legend, Cringes When Asked About Kanye

February 10, 2015 20:45:17 GMT

had an awkward interview twice during the Grammy week. She left red-faced after saying that she had sex with him at the White House. She later cringed when asked to weigh in on 's stunt in a newer interview.

John Legend on Kanye West Nearly Crashing Beck's Grammy Speech: No Harm Done

February 10, 2015 16:56:07 GMT

weighs in on 's Grammy antics where the rapper almost cut short 's Album of the Year speech at the recent Grammy Awards. The R&B singer thinks it was harmless and so he tells people to chill.

Garbage's Shirley Manson to Kanye West After Album of the Year Rant: 'Grow Up!'

February 10, 2015 06:42:43 GMT

Shirley Manson wasn't impressed by 's antics at the 2015 Grammy Awards last Sunday, February 8. The lead singer then penned an open letter in which she blasted the rapper for trying to crash 's speech and for telling him to "respect artistry" and give his Album of the Year trophy to fellow nominee .

Kanye West Explains Beck Diss: I Love Him, but He Doesn't Deserve the Album of the Year

February 10, 2015 03:47:44 GMT

is a fan of despite his post-Grammy Award diss. After previously implying that the 44-year-old multi-instrumentalist wasn't an "artist," the rapper explained his statement when he caught up with TMZ at a New York City airport on Monday morning, February 9.

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