Kanye West Biography

Kanye West is an American hip-hop musician, rapper, lyricist, record producer, film director and fashion designer.

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Also Known As
Kanye Omari West
Famous as
Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer
Nationality
Birth Date
8th June, 1977 AD
Age
40 Years
Sun Sign
Gemini    Gemini Men
Height
1.73 m
Born in
Atlanta
father
Ray West
mother
Donda West
Spouse/Partner
Kim Kardashian (m. 2014)
Personality Type
Grouping of People
African American Men, African American Singers, Black Musicians, Black Singers, College Dropouts, Illuminati Members
Diseases & Disabilities
City, States, Provinces & Districts
Founder/Co-Founder
Kanye West Foundation
Net worth
$145 million as of Oct 4, 2016
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education
Chicago State University, American Academy of Art
awards
2008 - American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album
2008 - American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist
2012 - ASCAP Awards for Most Performed Song
2012 - ASCAP Awards for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song
2006 - Australia Video Music Awards for Best Hip Hop Video
2005 - BET Awards for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
2008 - BET Awards for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
2008 - BET Awards for Best Collaboration
2009 - BET Choice Awards
2011 - BET Awards for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
2012 - BET Awards for Video of the Year
2012 - BET Awards for Best Group
2007 - BET Hip Hop Awards for Best Live Performance
2007 - BET Hip Hop Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video
2008 - BET Hip Hop Awards for Best Live Performer
2008 - BET Hip Hop Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video
2009 - BET Hip Hop Awards for Producer of the Year
2010 - BET Hip Hop Awards for Best Hip-Hop Style
2010 - BET Hip Hop Awards for CD of the Year
2012 - BET Hip Hop Awards for Producer of the Year
2012 - BET Hip Hop Awards for Reese's Perfect Combo
2012 - BET Hip Hop Awards for Best Hip-Hop Style
2012 - BET Hip Hop Awards for CD of the Year
2004 - Billboard Music Awards for Rap Artist of the Year
2004 - Billboard Music Awards for New R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
2004 - Billboard Music Awards for Male New Artist of the Year
2004 - Billboard Music Awards for Billboard Artist Achievement Award
2006 - Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards for Top Rap Album
2006 - Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards for Hot Rap Track of the Year
2005 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Top Urban Song
2006 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Top Urban Song
2006 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Pop
2006 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Top Urban Producer
2007 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Top Urban Song
2009 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Top Urban Song
2010 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Top Urban Producer
2010 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Most-Performed Urban Song
2010 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Pop Award Song
2012 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Urban Publisher of the Year
2012 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song
2012 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Top Urban Song
2012 - BMI Urban Music Awards for Top Urban Producer
2006 - BRIT Awards for International Male Solo Artist
2008 - BRIT Awards for International Male Solo Artist
2009 - BRIT Awards for International Male Solo Artist
2008 - ECHO Awards for International Hip-Hop/R&B Artist
2005 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album
2005 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song
2005 - Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song
2006 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song
2006 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance
2006 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album
2008 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song
2008 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album
2008 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance
2008 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance
2009 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
2009 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance
2010 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
2010 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song
2012 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
2012 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song
2012 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance
2012 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album
2013 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance
2013 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song
2013 - Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
2006 - Meteor Ireland Music Awards for Best International Male
2004 - MOBO Awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist
2004 - MOBO Awards for Best Producer
2004 - MOBO Awards for Best Album
2006 - MOBO Awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist
2007 - MOBO Awards for Best Hip-Hop Act
2007 - MOBO Awards for Best Video
2006 - MTV Asia Awards for Favorite Video
2006 - MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Act
2008 - MTV Europe Music Awards for Ultimate Urban
2008 - MTV's Annual Hottest MC in the Game
2005 - MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video
2008 - MTV Video Music Awards for Best Special Effects in a Video
2011 - MTV Video Music Awards for Best Collaboration
2011 - MTV Video Music Awards for Best Special Effects in a Video
2005 - MuchMusic Video Awards for International Video of the Year
2008 - MuchMusic Video Awards for Best International Video
2009 - MuchMusic Video Awards for International Video of the Year
2011 - mtvU Woodie Award for Left Field Woodie
2005 - NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding New Artist
2006 - NME Awards for Best Solo Artist
2010 - NME Awards for Villain of the Year
2011 - O Music Awards for Innovative Artist
2011 - O Music Awards for Best Tweet
2010 - People's Choice Awards for Favorite Music Collaboration
2006 - Soul Train Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video
2009 - Soul Train Awards for Best Collaboration
2011 - Soul Train Awards for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
2012 - Soul Train Awards for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
2004 - Source Awards for Album of the Year
2004 - Source Awards for Video of the Year
2004 - Source Awards for Breakthrough Artist
2011 - Sucker Free Awards for Best Album of the Year
2011 - Sucker Free Awards for Song of the Year
2009 - Teen Choice Awards for Choice Rap Artist
2006 - Video Music Awards Japan for Best Hip Hop Video
2008 - Video Music Awards Japan for Best Hip Hop Video
2005 - Vibe Awards for Best Rapper
2007 - Vibe Awards for Mixtape of the Year
2004 - World Music Awards for World's Best New Male Artist
2006 - World Music Awards for World's Best Selling Hip-Hop/Rap Artist



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Kanye Omari West was raised in the middle-class background of the Chicago city by his highly educated mother Donda West. He had a knack for creativity and poetry from a very young age. He started rapping from the age of 7 and soon confessed to his mother that he wanted to take recording music more formally. When he was 20, he decided to drop out of college and pursue music professionally. His mother supported him in his endeavors. He started as a small time producer until he met Jay-Z and produced his ‘The Blueprint’ for him. Since that time West started getting recognition and he worked with talented people like Ludacris, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, etc. But West’s main aspiration was to become a rapper and it was not until the year 2002 that he was given his first opportunity to record his solo album. From then onwards there was no looking back fort West and he gave to the entertainment industry best hip-hop music in the form of ‘The College Dropout, ‘Late Registration’, ‘Graduation’, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, etc. His music has always been appreciated by music critics for its innovation and the risk that West takes with its creativity. He has always been in the news, whether it is for the numerous awards he has won or for the controversies that he has caused over the years.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Kanye West was born on 8 June 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia to Dr. Donda C. Williams West and Ray West. His father was one of the former Black Panthers and the first ever black photojournalist at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His mother was an English Professor at the Clark Atlanta University and also the Chair of English Department at the Chicago State University. His parents divorced when he was only 3 years old and he moved in with his mother to Chicago, Illinois.
  • West was raised in a humble way and belonged to a middle-class background. He did his schooling from the Polaris High School in Illinois. He shifted to Nanjing, China at the age of 10 when his mother was asked to teach at the Nanjing University as a part of an exchange program. He was creative from an early age. He wrote his first poetry at the age of 5. He started to rap at the young age of 5 and composing his own music by the time he was in the seventh grade.
  • West started to get more and more involved in the hip-hop scene of the city and when he was 17, he wrote a rap song called ‘Green Eggs and Ham’. He persuaded his mother to pay him money so that he can start recording in the studio. Although his mother did not want this for him, she started accompanying him to a small basement studio in the city. There west met ‘The Godfather of Chicago Hip Hop’, No I.D. He soon became West’s mentor.
  • In 1997, West was offered a scholarship from the Chicago’s American Academy of Art and he took upon it to learn the art of painting and then took the transfer to the Chicago State University to pursue English literature. At the age of 20, he decided to drop out of the college to pursue his dream to become a rapper and a musician, full time. This greatly upset his mother.
Career
  • From mid 90’s until the early 2000, West was involved in small time music production projects. He made music for the local artists and was also a ghost producer for Deric ‘D-Dot’ Angelettie. West got the much awaited opportunity in 2000 when he became the producer for artists on Roc-A-Fella Records. He produced hit singles for famous singers like: Common, Ludacris, Cam’Ron, etc. it was in 2001, world renowned rapper and entertainment business tycoon Jay-Z asked West to produce many tracks of his hit album ‘The Blueprint’.
  • Around this time he continued to produce tracks for singers and rappers like: Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, etc. Subsequently he became a successful producer but his heart’s true desire was to become a rapper. It became a very challenging situation for him to get acceptance as a rapper and crack a record deal. In 2002, Kanye got the breakthrough in his music career. He met with an accident while coming back from a long recording session in L.A., as he fell asleep at the wheel. While he was in the hospital, he wrote down the song ‘Through the Wire’, which was 3 weeks later recorded by Roc-A-Fella Records and became a part of his debut album ‘Death’.
  • In 2004, West came up with his second album ‘The College Dropout’, which became an instant hit with music lovers. It sold 441,000 copies in its first week. It secured the number two on the Billboard 200. It has a number called ‘Slow Jamz’ that featured Twista and Jamie Foxx alongside West. It was voted as the top album of the year by two big music publications. Another track from the album called ‘Jesus Walks’ showcased West’s emotions about faith and Christianity.
  • In 2005, West collaborated with American film score composer Jon Brion, who co-executively produced many tracks on the album, to work on West’s new album ‘Late Registration’. He hired a string orchestra for the album and afforded the cost with all the money he made out of ‘The College Dropout’. It sold 2.3 million copies in United States. In the same year, west announced that he will release his Pastelle Clothing line in 2006 but it was cancelled in 2009.
  • In 2007, West released his third studio album ‘Graduation’. He released it at the same time 50 Cent’s ‘Curtis’ came out. But, ‘Graduation’ out sold ‘Curtis’ by a huge margin and secured number one position at the US Billboard 200. It sold about 957,000 copies in its very first week. The track called ‘Stronger’ became West’s biggest hit single.
  • In 2008, West released his fourth studio album ‘808s & Heartbreak’. The album topped the Billboard charts and sold 450,000 copies during its first few weeks. The inspiration of this album came from the sad demise of West’s mother Donna West and break-up with his fiancée, Alexis Phifer. The album is said to have inspired the hip hop music and other rappers to take more creative risks with their productions. In the same year west announced to open 10 Fatburger restaurants in Chicago. The first one was opened in Orland Park in 2008.
  • In 2009, West teamed up with Nike to release his own shoes. He named them ‘Air Yeezys’ and released another version of it in the year 2012. In the same year, he came out with his new shoe line for Louis Vuitton and released it during the Paris Fashion Week. West also designed shoes for Bape and Giuseppe Zanotti.
  • In 2010, West’s fifth studio album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ was released and it topped the Billboard charts in its first few weeks itself. It was considered as a genius work by the music critics. It got rave reviews from all over the world and included hits like ‘All of the Lights’, ‘Power’, ‘Monster’, ‘Runaway’, etc. This album became platinum in the States.
  • In 2013, West came out with his sixth album ‘Yeezus’ and took a more non commercial approach in making it. He collaborated with talents like: Chicago Drill, Dancehall, Acid House and Industrial Music in the making of this album. The album was released in the month of June and has received rave reviews from the music critics
Awards & Achievements
  • For his album ‘The College Dropout’, West grabbed 10 Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. He won a Grammy for the Best Rap Album category. His album was certified as triple platinum in the United States.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In November 2007, West’s mother Donda West died of a heart disease right after she underwent a plastic surgery procedure. She was 58 years old at the time. This left West in turmoil, as he was extremely close to his mother; she had released her memoir before her death called ‘Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar’.
  • West was in romantic relationship with various women like: designer Alexis Phifer. They were in a relationship for almost 4 years and broke-up their 18 month long engagement in 2008. Thereafter, he dated model Amber Rose but the relationship was also called off in 2010. West dated longtime friend Kim Kardashian and they got engaged in 2013. They were blessed with a daughter North ‘Nori’ West on June 15, 2013 in L.A., California. The couple married on May 24, 2014 at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
Trivia
  • When West dropped out of the college in 1996, his mother became very upset with him but later on with his success as a musician she confessed that not everybody has to go through formal education to prove themselves.
  • After a near death experience in 2002, West recorded his first solo ‘Through the Wire’ at the studio with his jaw still wired shut.
  • In 2004, when West lost the category of the Best New Artist to Gretchen Wilson at the American Music Awards, he claimed that he will never come to the music awards ever again. But later on he apologized for his attitude.
  • West is one of the rare entertainers to make it to the cover of the Time Magazine. He was named as one of the 100 most influential people of the year 2005 in the magazine.
  • West co-hosted the ‘Concert for Hurricane Relief’ televised show and he strayed from his script and announced out of blue that ‘George Bush doesn't care for black people’. These seven words became the national headline and George Bush called it the most disgraceful moment in his Presidency.
  • In 2009, at MTV VMAs, while Taylor Swift gave her acceptance speech for the Best Female Video Award, Kanye West jumped in between and said that ‘Beyonce’s Single Ladies is the best video of all times’. This act of West was highly criticized and artists like Kelly Clarkson, even President Obama criticized his antics. Later, west made a personal phone call to Taylor and apologized.

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