Birthday: June 8, 1977
Famous: Quotes By Kanye West Black Singers
Also Known As: Kanye Omari West
Sun Sign: Gemini
Age: 41 Years
Born In: Atlanta
Famous As: Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer
Height: 1.73 M
Spouse: Kim Kardashian (M. 2014)
Father: Ray West
Mother: Donda West
Diseases & Disabilities: Depression
City, States, Provinces & Districts: Georgia
Founder/Co-Founder: Kanye West Foundation
Net Worth: $240 Million In 2019
Who is Kanye West?
Kanye Omari West is also known as Kanye West is an American award-winning rapper, hip-hop musician, lyricist, producer, film director and fashion designer.
Kanye Omari West was born and raised in the midst of the Chicago family by his highly educated mother Donda West. He is married to Kim Kardashian West. He is gifted with creativity and poetry from an early age. He started rapping when he was 7 years old and soon confessed to his mother that he wanted to record music more formally. When he was 20 years old, he decided to leave college and become a professional musician.
His mother supported him in his endeavor. He started out as a small-time producer until he met Jay-Z and produced his ‘The Blueprint’ for him. From that time West gained his recognition and worked with various talented people like Ludacris, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, etc. But West’s main ambition was to become a rapper and it wasn’t until 2002 that he got his first chance to record his solo album.
From that moment on, there was no longer any review of fort West and he gave the entertainment industry the best hip-hop music in the form of ‘The College Dropout’, ‘Late Registration’, ‘Graduation’, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ and so on. His music has always been appreciated by music critics because of the innovation and risk West takes with his creativity. He’s always been in the news, whether it’s about the many prizes he’s won or the controversies he’s caused over the years.
Kanye West Childhood & Early Life
Kanye West was born on June 8, 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 black photojournalist ever at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
His mother was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University and also president of the English branch of Chicago State University. His parents divorced when he was only 3 years old and he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois.
West was raised humbly and belonged to the middle class. He was educated at Polaris High School in Illinois. He moved to Nanjing, China when his mother was asked at the age of 10 to teach at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program. He was creative at an early age. He wrote his first poetry at the age of 5. He started rapping at the age of 5 and composed his own music by the time he was in seventh grade.
West became more and more involved in the city’s hip-hop scene and when he was 17, he wrote a rap song called ‘Green Eggs and Ham’. He persuaded his mother to pay him money so he could start recording in the studio. Although his mother didn’t want this for him, she started accompanying him to a small basement studio in town. There he 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 accepted it to learn the art of painting and then moved on to Chicago State University to study English literature. When he was 20 years old, he decided to leave the university to fully realize his dream of becoming a rapper and a musician. This really upset his mother.
Kanye West Career
From the mid-1990s to the beginning of 2000, West was involved in small-scale music production projects. He made music for local artists and was also a ghost producer for Deric ‘D-Dot’ Angelettie. West got the long-awaited opportunity in 2000 when he became the producer for artists on Roc-A-Fella Records.
Kanye West produced hit singles for famous singers such as: Common, Ludacris, Cam’Ron, etc. It was in 2001 that the world famous rapper and entertainment company magnate Jay-Z West asked to produce many songs of his hit album ‘The Blueprint’.
Around this time he continued to produce tracks for singers and rappers like: Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, etc. Then he became a successful producer, but it was his heart’s desire to become a rapper. It became a very challenging situation for him to be accepted as a rapper and sign a record deal.
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In 2002 Kanye got the breakthrough in his music career. He had an accident when he came back from a long recording session in L.A., when he fell asleep at the wheel. While he was in hospital, he wrote down the song ‘Through the Wire’, which was recorded 3 weeks later by Roc-A-Fella Records and was part of his debut album ‘Death’.
In 2004 West released his second album ‘The College Dropout’, which immediately became a hit with music lovers. In the first week, 441,000 copies were sold. It brought in the number two on the Billboard 200. It has a song called ‘Slow Jamz’ on which, besides West, Twista and Jamie Foxx could also be heard. It was declared the top album of the year by two major music publications.
Another song from the album ‘Jesus Walks’ showed West’s emotions about faith and Christianity.
In 2005 West collaborated with American film music composer Jon Brion, who produced many tracks on the album, to work on West’s new album ‘Late Registration’. He hired a string orchestra for the album and paid the costs with all the money he earned with ‘The College Dropout’. It sold 2.3 million copies in the United States. In the same year, West announced that he would 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 that 50 Cent’s ‘Curtis’ was released. But ‘Graduation’ sold ‘Curtis’ by a huge margin and captured the number one position on the US Billboard 200. It sold about 957,000 copies in its first week. The track ‘Stronger’ became the biggest hit single of the West.
In 2008, West released its fourth studio album ‘808s & Heartbreak’. The album was at the top of Billboard’s charts and sold 450,000 copies in its first weeks. The inspiration for this album came from the sad death of West’s mother Donna West and the breakup of his fiancée, Alexis Phifer.
The album would have inspired hip-hop music and other rappers to take more creative risks with their productions. In the same year, West announced the opening of 10 Fatburger restaurants in Chicago. The first one opened in Orland Park in 2008.
Kanye West Marriage to Kim Kardashian
In 2012 bracht West een compilatiealbum uit, Cruel Summer, met artiesten op zijn GOOD Music label. Maar dat jaar waren de krantenkoppen meer bezorgd over zijn relatie met de reality-TV-ster Kim Kardashian, die in april begon. Ze raakten verloofd in 21 oktober 2013, nadat West voorstelde in het AT&T honkbalstadion in San Francisco, en ze trouwden op 24 mei 2014, in het historische Fort di Belvedere in Italië.
Andrea Bocelli zong terwijl Kardashian door het gangpad liep, voor gasten die onder meer de ontwerper Rachel Roy, de tenniskampioene Serena Williams, de filmregisseur Steve McQueen en muzieksterren John Legend, Q-Tip, Rick Rubin, Tyga en Lana Del Ray waren.
Kanye en Kim hebben drie kinderen: dochter North (geboren op 15 juni 2013), zoon Saint (geboren op 5 december 2015) en een andere dochter (geboren via surrogaat 15 januari 2018). Ze leken het allemaal te hebben.
In 2009 heeft West samen met Nike zijn eigen schoenen uitgebracht. Hij noemde ze ‘Air Yeezys’ en bracht in het jaar 2012 een andere versie uit. In datzelfde jaar kwam hij uit met zijn nieuwe schoenenlijn voor Louis Vuitton en bracht die uit tijdens de Parijse Fashion Week. West ontwierp ook schoenen voor Bape en Giuseppe Zanotti.
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In 2010, West’s fifth studio album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ was released, which hit the Billboard charts in the first weeks of its existence. It was considered a work of genius by music critics. It received rave reviews from all over the world and contained hits like ‘All of the Lights’, ‘Power’, ‘Monster’, ‘Runaway’, etc. This album became platinum in the States.
In 2013, West released his sixth album ‘Yeezus’ and took a more non-commercial approach to making it. He collaborated with talents like: Chicago Drill, Dancehall, Acid House and Industrial Music in making this album. The album was released in the month of June and received rave reviews from music critics.
Kanye West Awards & Achievements
West received 10 Grammy nominations for his album ‘The College Dropout’, including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. He won a Grammy for the category Best Rap Album. His album was certified as triple platinum in the United States.
Kanye West Net Worth and Income
Kanye West’s Net Worth: $240 Million In 2019. Kanye West placed fourth on this year’s ranking of the world’s wealthiest hip-hop artists, which appears in the latest issue of Forbes. Here’s a closer look at his empire.
Personal Life & Legacy
In november 2007 stierf West’s moeder Donda West aan een hartaandoening vlak nadat ze een plastische chirurgische ingreep had ondergaan. Ze was toen 58 jaar oud. Dit liet West in beroering achter, omdat hij extreem dicht bij zijn moeder was; ze had haar memoires voor haar dood vrijgegeven onder de naam ‘Raising Kanye’: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar’.
West had een romantische relatie met verschillende vrouwen zoals: ontwerper Alexis Phifer. Ze hadden bijna 4 jaar een relatie en verbraken hun 18 maanden durende verloving in 2008. Daarna ging hij uit met model Amber Rose, maar de relatie werd in 2010 ook afgeblazen. West gedateerde oude vriend Kim Kardashian en ze raakten verloofd in 2013. Ze werden gezegend met een dochter North ‘Nori’ West op 15 juni 2013 in L.A., Californië. Het paar trouwde op 24 mei 2014 in Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italië.
Jesus is King
Studio album by Kanye West
When West left college in 1996, his mother became very angry with him, but later, with his success as a musician, she confessed that not everyone has to follow a formal education to prove themselves.
After a near-death experience in 2002, West recorded his first solo ‘Through the Wire’ in the studio with his jaw still closed.
When West lost the ‘Best New Artist’ category to Gretchen Wilson at the American Music Awards in 2004, he claimed he would never come to the music awards again. But later he apologized for his attitude.
West is one of the rare entertainers to make the cover of Time Magazine. He was named one of the 100 most influential people of the year 2005 in the magazine.
West was co-organizer of the ‘Concert for Hurricane Relief’ television show and he deviated from his script and announced out of nowhere that ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people’. These seven words became the national headline and George Bush called it the most disgraceful moment in his presidency.
In 2009, on MTV VMAs, while Taylor Swift gave her acceptance speech for the Best Female Video Award, Kanye West jumped in and said ‘Beyonce’s Single Ladies is the best video of all time’. This act of the West was strongly criticised and artists like Kelly Clarkson, even President Obama, criticised his antics. Later, West made a personal phone call to Taylor and apologized.
List of kanye west songs : (sportify)
- All Day (2015)
- All Falls Down (2003)
- All Mine (2018)
- All of the Lights (2010)
- Amazing (2008)
- Awesome (2015)
- Bad News (2008)
- Big Brother (2007)
- Black Skinhead (2013)
- Blame Game (2010)
- Blood On The Leaves (2013)
- Bound 2 (2013)
- Brothers (2019)
- Can’t Tell Me Nothing (2007)
- Champion (2007)
- Champions (2016)
- Christian Dior Denim Flow (2010)
- Clique (2012)
- Closed On Sunday (2019)
- Cold (2012)
- Coldest Winter (2008)
- Dark Fantasy (2010)
- Devil in a New Dress (2010)
- Diamonds From Sierra Leone (2005)
- Don’t Stop (2010)
- Every Hour (2019)
- Everything I Am (2007)
- Everything We Need (2019)
- Facts (2015)
- Fade (2016)
- Famous (2016)
- Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 (2016)
- Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2 (2016)
- Flashing Lights (2007)
- FML (2016)
- Follow God (2019)
- Ghost Town (2018)
- God Is (2019)
- Gold Digger (2005)
- Gone (2005)
- Good Friday (2010)
- Good Life (2007)
- Gorgeous (2010)
- Guilt Trip (2013)
- Hands On (2019)
- Heard ‘Em Say (2005)
- Heartless (2008)
- Hell of a Life (2010)
- Hey Mama (2005)
- Highlights (2016)
- Hold My Liquor (2013)
- Homecoming (2007)
- I Am a God (2013)
- I Love It (2018)
- I Thought About Killing You (2018)
- I Wonder (2007)
- I’m In It (2013)
- Jesus Walks (2003)
- Lift Yourself (2018)
- Lord, Lord, Lord (2010)
- Lost in The World (2010)
- Love Lockdown (2008)
- Low Lights (2016)
- Mama’s Boyfriend (2011)
- Mercy (2012)
- Monster (2010)
- New God Flow (2012)
- New Slaves (2013)
- No Mistakes (2018)
- No More Parties in L.A. (2016)
- On God (2019)
- On Sight (2013)
- Only One (2014)
- Paranoid (2008)
- Pinnochio Story (2008)
- Power (2010)
- Real Friends (2016)
- Robocop (2008)
- Runaway (2010)
- Saint Pablo (2016)
- Say You Will (2008)
- See Me Now (2010)
- See You In My Nightmares (2008)
- Selah (2019)
- Send It Up (2013)
- Siiiiiiiiilver Surffffeeeeer Intermission (2016)
- So Appalled (2010)
- Street Lights (2008)
- Stronger (2007)
- The Joy (2010)
- Through The Wire (2003)
- To the World (2012)
- Touch The Sky (2006)
- Ultralight Beam (2016)
- Use This Gospel (2019)
- Violent Crimes (2018)
- Water (2019)
- Waves (2016)
- Welcome to Heartbreak (2008)
- White Dress (2012)
- Who Will Survive in America (2010)
- Wolves (2015)
- Wouldn’t Leave (2018)
- Ye vs. the People (2018)
- Yikes (2018)
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