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Overview (4)

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Birth NameKanye Omari West
Nicknames Ye
The Louis Vuitton Don
Konman
Yeezy
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, baroque pop, electro, indie rock, synth-pop, industrial and gospel. Over the course of his career, West has been responsible for cultural movements and progressions within mainstream hip hop and popular music at large.

Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hit singles for recording artists such as Jay-Z, Ludacris and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success, and founded the record label GOOD Music. He went on to experiment with a variety of musical genres on subsequent acclaimed studio albums, including Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and the polarizing but influential 808s & Heartbreak (2008). He released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010 to further rave reviews, and has since succeeded it with Yeezus (2013) , The Life of Pablo (2016) and Ye (2018), as well as full-length collaborations Watch the Throne (2011) and Kids See Ghosts (2018) with Jay-Z and Kid Cudi respectively.

West's outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant media attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, and in other public settings, as well as his comments on the music and fashion industries, U.S. politics, and race. His marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been a source of substantial media attention. As a fashion designer, he has collaborated with Nike, Louis Vuitton, and A.P.C. on both clothing and footwear, and have most prominently resulted in the Yeezy collaboration with Adidas beginning in 2013. He is the founder and head of the creative content company Donda.

West is among the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 21st century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time with over 135 million records sold worldwide. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his generation. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone's 2012 update of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list and he ties with Bob Dylan for having topped the annual Pazz & Jop critic poll the most number of times ever, with four number-one albums each. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.

Kanye Omari West was born on June 8, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia. After his parents divorced when he was three years old he moved with his mother to Chicago, Illinois. His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray West was later a Christian counselor, and in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland with startup capital from his son. West's mother, Dr. Donda C. (Williams) West, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University, before retiring to serve as his manager. West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois, after living in Chicago. At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, where she was teaching at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program. According to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it. When asked about his grades in high school, West replied, "I got A's and B's. And I'm not even front-in'."

West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age; he began writing poetry when he was five years old. His mother recalled that she first took notice of West's passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade. West started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade, eventually selling them to other artists. At age thirteen, West wrote a rap song called "Green Eggs and Ham" and persuaded his mother to pay for time in a recording studio. Accompanying him to the studio and despite discovering it being "a little basement studio" where a microphone hung from the ceiling by a wire clothes hanger, West's mother nonetheless supported and encouraged him. West crossed paths with producer/DJ No I.D., with whom he quickly formed a close friendship. No I.D. soon became West's mentor, and it was from him that West learned how to sample and program beats after he received his first sampler at age 15. After graduating from high school, West received a scholarship to attend Chicago's American Academy of Art in 1997 and began taking painting classes, but shortly after transferred to Chicago State University to study English. He soon realized that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his musical work, and at 20 he dropped out of college to pursue his musical dreams. This action greatly displeased his mother, who was also a professor at the university. She later commented, "It was drummed into my head that college is the ticket to a good life... but some career goals don't require college. For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Spouse (1)

Kim Kardashian West (24 May 2014 - present) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (5)

Uses alliteration in his rhymes
Megalomania
Rarely smiles
Often goes on passionate, extended rants during concerts
Sampling an looping of old school R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, etc.

Trivia (51)

Has a metal plate in his chin from near fatal car accident in which he was involved in around 3 pm on October 23, 2002. He was driving home from a studio session and fell asleep behind the steering wheel and crashed into another car.
Has produced numerous songs for many artists including Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Jay Z, DMX, Alicia Keys, Common, Yasiin Bey, and many others.
He is signed to Roc A Fella Records.
His debut album, "College Drop Out", sold over 400,000 copies in its first week.
When Kanye was 3 years old, his parents Ray West and Donda West divorced. She moved to Chicago and was an English professor at Chicago State University, and retired to be Kanye's manager. She appeared on FOX News' "The Big Story with John Gibson" on May 18, 2007, to talk about her son, which led to her being dubbed a "hip hop mama".
His debut album CD booklet contains 'yearbook-style' photos of the entire "College Dropout" album staff, along with high school superlatives underneath them. His was "most unlikely to succeed".
Made his European television debut performing his song "Through the Wire" on Raymann is laat (2001).
Nominated for 10 Grammies in 2005. He ended up winning 3.
Moved to Chicago when he was 3 years old.
His mother was a former English professor at Chicago State University.
Attended Chicago State University / Columbia College, Chicago. He dropped out to pursue music, hence the name of his 2004 debut album "The College Droput".
Lived in China for a year with his mother when he was 10 years old.
Has his own record label with the acronym G.O.O.D which stands for Getting Out Our Dreams, a subsidiary of Geffen.
Rapper Common signed to G.O.O.D.
Sophomore album "Late Registration" moved over 860,000 units in its opening week, landing it at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a career first for the rapper.
His name is pronounced like "Con-yay".
CD: "Graduation", 2006.
His favourite band is Scottish rock group Franz Ferdinand.
Mother, Donda West, died on November 10, 2007 from complications of surgery.
Kanye and his fiancée, clothing designer Alexis Phifer, have ended their engagement [April 21, 2008].
Blogged that Scarlett Johansson was his "favorite white girl".
At the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards, he jumped up on stage and interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech after she had won Best Female video saying that Beyoncé had the best female video.
Kanye broke down at a concert in Paris, a week after the passing of his mother, Dr. Donda West, as he tried to sing the verses of "Hey Mama", a song he had written earlier on in his career in dedication to her.
Part-owner of a chain of Fatburger restaurants.
Has stated that producer RZA has been a great influence. The two have collaborated a few times.
Father of his 1st child with Kim Kardashian West a daughter, North West, was born on June 15, 2013, weighing 4 pounds and 15 ounces.
Engaged to Kim Kardashian West [October 22, 2013].
Released collaborative album, with Jay Z, titled "Watch the Throne". [August 2011]
Working on 3rd Album called: Graduaton [December 2005]
Released his newest album "808's and Heartbreak". [November 2008]
Released 5th studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. [November 2011]
Performs, alongside Jay Z, on the "Watch the Throne" tour (US). [October 2011]
Planning to tour with Lady Gaga throughout the United States. [August 2009]
Pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery stemming from a July 2013 incident in which he assaulted photographer Danny Ramos in Los Angeles International Airport and attempted to steal his camera. In return for his plea, he received 24 months of informal probation plus 250 hours of community service and must attend 24 anger management sessions. He also has to pay for any damage done to Ramos' camera equipment as well as any medical bills incurred on behalf of the victim. He will also have to stay 100 yards away from the alleged victim in this case, Danny Ramos. In addition to the misdemeanor battery charge he also faced felony attempted grand larceny charges. As part of the plea deal the latter charge was dropped, thus allowing him to avoid prison time. [March 2014].
Performed "Lost In The World" at the funeral of fellow musician Gil Scott-Heron (The Riverside Church New York).
Lived in China with his mother during an exchange program and could speak Chinese, but has since forgotten most of the language.
Announced his run for the 2020 presidency at the 2015 MTV VMA's.
Second child with Kim Kardashian West, son named Saint West, was born on December 5, 2015.
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les Guignols de l'info (1988).
Was admitted into the UCLA Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation.[November 2016].
His estimated net worth is $145 million.
With his mother, founded the "Kanye West Foundation"in 2003.
Lampooned on South Park.
Though he mockingly rushed the stage at the Grammy's when Beck won the Grammy for Album of the Year rather than Beyoncé, he admitted to The Breakfast Club that upon listening to the album Beck deserved the award.
Admitted to TMZ he got cosmetic liposuction before his wedding to Kim Kardashian for fear the tabloid site would make fun of him for his weight.
West's merchandise sold over $500,000 in 30 minutes on June 1, 2018.
His personal style and Yeezy clothing line is heavily inspired by Shia LaBeouf, which he mentions in his song "No More Parties in LA".
Recorded 5 albums for different artists at the same time at his ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Much of his own album was created in 2-3 days.
Stated he has bipolar disorder on the cover of his 8th album "Ye". He says he was diagnosed with a "mental condition" at age 39.
Third child with Wife Kim Kardashian a daughter named Chicago born January 16th 2017 Via Surrogate, the couple are expecting their 4th child, a boy, in June 2019 also via surrogate.

Personal Quotes (17)

[on living in Asia for a year.] Most of the kids had never seen a black person before, so they'd come over to me and touch my face, thinkin' it was paint or something.
No one at Def Jam or Roc-A-Fella believed in "Through the Wire." So I shot a video using my own money.
I was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn.
Nothing is promised in life except for death.
I can always tell if a band have a British rhythm section due to the gritty production.
If I don't win Album of the Year, I'm gonna have a problem with that... I said I was the face of the Grammys last year. [This year] I'm 10 times that!
I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family it says they're looting, if you see a white family it says they're looking for food. And you know that it's been five days because most of the people are black and even for me to complain about - I would be a hypocrite because I've tried turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation and so I'm calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give. And just to imagine if I was down there, those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything to help with the set up, the way that America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible. I mean, Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of the people that could help are at war right now fighting another way and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us... George Bush doesn't care about black people. - about the response to Hurricane Katrina on A Concert for Hurricane Relief (2005).
It's the beginning of me rattling the cage, of making some people nervous. And people are strategically trying to do things to mute my voice.
[Interrupting Taylor Swift's award presentation] I'm-a goin' let you finish.
I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.
[on fending off a "fan" and his video camera] I appreciate that, but here's the thing. Don't talk to me. Don't talk to people that know me. Don't even talk to yourself.
I don't even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.
And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020, to run for President. [Drops Mic]
I will die for the art
Y'all might be thinking right now, 'I wonder, did he smoke something before he came up here?' The answer is yes, I rolled up a little something. I knocked the edge off.
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.
[tweet: April 25, 2018] You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone.

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