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Kanye West

Kanye West


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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.

Latest News

Kanye West and Usher to Receive Awards at the 2015 BET Honors

December 11, 2014 06:38:11 GMT

is among those to be honored at the 2015 BET Honors. It was announced on Wednesday, December 10 that the rapper would be presented with the Visionary Award during a ceremony slated to air on BET on February 23, 2015.

Kanye West Spent 2 Hours Rapping His Entire New Album for Seth Rogen in a Limo

December 10, 2014 08:31:53 GMT

is one of a very few lucky people who have listened to new material off 's new album. The actor, who has been very good friends with the rapper since he and remade the infamous "Bound 2" music video last year, revealed in an interview for Rolling Stone's latest issue that he was invited for a private listening session of the album when he ran into 's husband at a New York Hotel.

Kanye West Is Going on a North American Tour in 2015, Says Rihanna

December 03, 2014 03:20:38 GMT

While working hard on his highly-anticipated new album, apparently also gears up to hit the road again. Rihanna revealed that the rapper would embark on another tour next year as she promoted her charity on Tuesday, December 2.

Video: Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen and More Perform at U2's World AIDS Day Concert

December 02, 2014 04:00:49 GMT

enlisted several big names in music for their surprise concert in New York City on December 1. The Irish band was joined by fellow musicians including and to play the free concert held as a part of World AIDS Day.

Kanye West's Rework of Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat' Arrives Online

November 11, 2014 08:21:53 GMT

It's recently revealed that hired to rework "Yellow Flicker Beat" which she created for the soundtrack of "". The new version titled "Flicker" is now here.

Alleged Tracklist of Kanye West's New Album Features Jay-Z, Eminem and More

November 06, 2014 07:44:54 GMT

Details about 's highly-anticipated new album may have leaked. According to a photo of document featuring the logo of his label Def Jam, the record is titled "Paris" and it will be released on November 14.

Kanye West Reportedly Turned Down $4.5 Million Las Vegas Residency

October 28, 2014 07:54:44 GMT

reportedly gave up on a chance to become the highest-paid act to perform in Las Vegas. According to TMZ, the rapper was offered to play nine shows, three concerts a week for three weeks, at the Axis at Planet Hollywood for $4.5 million.

Kanye West Whisks Kim Kardashian Off to a Birthday Getaway in Hawaii

October 23, 2014 08:13:30 GMT

treats his wife to a surprise birthday vacation in Hawaii. Kim took to Instagram on Wednesday, October 22 two photos of beautiful sceneries, including palm trees and the ocean, taken from her hotel. She captioned it, "Good morning #BdaySurpriseGettaway," and, "#Daycation #Hawaii."

Lorde-Curated 'Mockingjay' Soundtrack Features Charli XCX, Kanye West and More

October 22, 2014 02:56:46 GMT

The tracklist of "" soundtrack is out. Curated by , the soundtrack features contributions from , , , and among others.

Tyga Debuts Kanye West-Produced New Song '40 Mill'

October 15, 2014 07:29:27 GMT

has officially released "40 Mill", the highly-anticipated new single from his upcoming album. Days after blasting his label Young Money in a series of Twitter posts, the rapper dropped the track co-produced by and Mike Dean via his Last Kings Music imprint.

Kanye West Surprised Bachelorette Party in New Orleans

October 07, 2014 08:49:18 GMT

surprised a bachelorette party in New Orleans this weekend by treating the partygoers to a bottle of champagne. In a photo posted on Instagram by Jess Kingsbery, a friend of the bachelorette, Kanye sat together in a table with other guests.

Kanye West's New Album Is Different, Sounds Like 'a Pair of Timberlands'

October 07, 2014 07:40:57 GMT

More details about 's new album have emerged. The rapper's longtime collaborator and G.O.O.D. Music signee Malik Yusef shares some new information about the highly-anticipated LP and reveals what fans can expect from the record in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

Kanye West Grabs Kim Kardashian's Famous Derriere in New Photo

September 29, 2014 03:16:13 GMT

grabbed his wife 's famous bum in a new photo posted by Kim on Instagram on Saturday, September 27. The photo showed the couple making their way down the stairs. Kim placed her hand on Kanye's shoulder while he firmly grasped her derriere.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Booed at Paris Fashion Show

September 27, 2014 04:04:17 GMT

and apparently did not really have a good time at the Paris fashion week. After Kardashian was tackled by a red carpet prankster on Thursday, September 25, the "" star and her rapper husband were booed by some men at Lanvin fashion show later that day after showing up when the show had started.

Kanye West Hosts Listening Party for New Album in Paris

September 26, 2014 02:55:23 GMT

has apparently done working on his new new album. The rapper, who said in an interview a few months ago that the follow-up to last year's "" would be hitting the stores in fall, recently hosted an exclusive listening party for the forthcoming record in Paris.

North West Sits Front Row With Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at Balenciaga's Show

September 25, 2014 04:50:51 GMT

North West sat in the front row at the Balenciaga Show along with her parents and on Wednesday, September 24. Kim held her adorable daughter on her lap while they watched the runway show.

Tyga Previews Kanye West-Produced New Single '40 Mill'

September 24, 2014 03:52:48 GMT

has previewed "40 Mill", a new single from his upcoming album. The rapper took to Instagram on Tuesday, September 23 to share a short snippet of the song co-produced by and Mike Dean.

Video: Common Joined Onstage by Kanye West During AAHH! Fest

September 23, 2014 08:39:41 GMT

The first annual AAHH! Fest took place at the Union Park in Chicago over the weekend. The event featured performances from Jay Electronica, , and among others.

Report: Kanye West to Record a Collaboration With Lorde

September 19, 2014 04:23:58 GMT

's collaboration with is coming. Sources told Page Six that the rapper would be hitting the studio with the New Zealand-born star after he wrapped up the Australian leg of his "Yeezus" tour and returned to Los Angeles with wife and daughter North West earlier this week.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West List Half-Finished Bel Air Mansion for $11 Million

September 17, 2014 02:22:29 GMT

and are selling their half-finished mansion in Bel Air Crest, Los Angeles. According to Variety, the powerhouse couple listed the mansion for an optimistic sounding asking price of $11 million.

Kim Kardashian Defends Kanye West Over Wheelchair Controversy

September 16, 2014 08:06:39 GMT

took to Instagram on Monday, September 15 to defend her husband, , who recently received backlash after he halted his concert in Australia until fans in wheelchair stood up. Kim posted a lengthy message along with a short clip of Kanye's Australian show.

Video: Kanye West Addresses Wheelchair Controversy, Slams Media for Negative Coverage

September 16, 2014 04:04:54 GMT

hits back at reports claiming he singled out disabled fans at his recent show in Sydney. The rapper halted his Brisbane, Australia show on Monday, September 15 to address the controversy and talk about how the media "sensationalizes" news in a five-minute rant.

Video: Kanye West Won't Resume Concert Until Fans in Wheelchairs Stand Up

September 15, 2014 01:57:48 GMT

had an embarrassing moment when he brought his tour to Sydney, Australia recently. The rapper was about to perform the next song on his setlist when he told the crowd who packed the city's Qantas Credit Union Arena to stand up. He then halted the concert when noticing that there were still a few fans who remained seated.

Kanye West Rushed to Hospital in Australia Following Migraine

September 11, 2014 06:17:48 GMT

apparently had some health issue prior to taking the stage in Melbourne, Australia. According to Woman's Day, the rapper was taken to a hospital on Wednesday, September 10 following a migraine. Arriving via the back entrance alongside some security guards, the rapper had an MRI scan at around 2 P.M. Nurses reportedly were forced to ask patients to move out of the consulting room so that the star could be treated in private.

Kim Kardashian Talks New Sex Tape Rumor and 'Amazing Sex Life' With Kanye West

September 05, 2014 21:36:26 GMT

's interview for her cover story in the latest issue of British GQ where she poses naked on the front page is just revealed. The Brunette bombshell discusses a rumored sex tape with and her "amazing" sex life with the rapper whom she married in Florence, Italy this summer.

Kanye West's 'Awesome' Ode to Kim Kardashian Previewed on 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'

September 03, 2014 04:18:21 GMT

An unreleased track titled "Awesome" was previewed during the season finale of "" on Monday, September 1. A snippet of the rapper's sweet ode to wife began playing in the background as she sat down with her sisters and some friends.

Kim Kardashian May Quit Reality Show Because of Kanye West

September 01, 2014 05:00:08 GMT

may leave the reality TV world that propelled her to fame. Words are, the mother of one is pressured by her husband to quit "" because he doesn't like that her life is exposed on television.

Video: Kanye West Headlines First Day of Made in America Fest in Philadelphia

September 01, 2014 03:07:50 GMT

is spending his Labor Day weekend headlining Made in America festivals that are held simultaneously in Philadelphia and Los Angeles this year. On Saturday night, August 30, he took the stage at Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway before making his way to West Coast on Sunday.

David Lynch Almost Directed Kanye West's 'Blood on the Leaves' Music Video

August 29, 2014 08:55:04 GMT

David Lynch almost worked with for the music video of "Blood on the Leaves". The "Eraserhead" filmmaker revealed in a new interview with the Daily Beast that he agreed to direct the "" track which he said was his "favorite song."

Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean Sued for Copyright Infringement in 'Made in America'

August 29, 2014 07:06:58 GMT

, and have been hit with a lawsuit for copyright infringement. According to XXL, the three rappers are accused of stealing a song from a New York musician named Joel McDonald.

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