popular rapper and music producer was born Kanye West on June
8, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Grammy winning rap star first dreamed of a music career while
still in his teens, practicing at the keyboard and creating beats
and rhymes that would one day launch his career.
attending Columbia College in Chicago, West dropped out to pursue
his big break with production work on Jermaine
Dupri's Life in 1472 album, and subsequently
made a name for himself in the industry while producing hit singles
he continued to pursue his dream of a solo album and eventually
signed with Roc-A-Fella Records in 2002. That same year, however,
he was involved in a near-fatal car crash, fracturing his jaw
in three places. With his mouth still wired shut, West began recording
Through The Wire, which would become his mega-hit single
spun from his debut album, The College Dropout in 2004.
A role model
for optimism and determination despite the odds, West has sometimes
been criticized for sending the wrong message with his album title,
The College Dropout. But despite not completing a formal
higher education, West nevertheless topped the list of nominees
this year at the 2005 Grammy
Awards with a total of 10 nominations. West ultimately won
Best Rap Album for his double-platinum The College Dropout
and Best Rap Song for Jesus Walks.
In 2005, West
also won accolades for Best New Artist at the NAACP
Image Awards and was is also in contention at the 2005
BET Awards with nominations for Best Male Hip-Hop Performer,
Best Gospel Artist and Video of the Year for "Jesus Walks."
Kanye West's next album, Late Registration, was the subject
pre-release buzz for its rich and complex orchestral sound,
the result of a close collaboration with record producer and Hollywood
film score writer, Jon
2006, the outspoken rapper was back in the news and criticized
as a sore
loser after storming the stage at the MTV
Europe Music Awards while shouting expletives in protest of
his not winning Best Video for "Touch the Sky." His next album,
was released in August 2007, quickly outselling popular rap star
who released his new album, Curtis, on the same day.
turned to tragedy that same year when in November the rapper's
mother died at age of 58 due to complications following cosmetic
surgery. Donda West, subject of the rapper's song Hey
Mama, managed the star's businesses and educational foundation.
later, it was reported that Kanye West and his fiancée of a year
and a half, Alexis Phifer, had broken off their engagement, siting
the strain caused by West's busy touring schedule.
By 2008. West released his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak following up with his fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in 2010.
West released a collaborative album, Watch the Throne, with Jay-Z in 2011, spinning off such No. 1 hits as "Otis" and "Niggas in Paradise." That same year, his collaboration with pop star Katy Perry, "E.T.", also topped the online sales charts with more than 4,000,000 downloads.
Away from the recording studio, West made headlines in April 2012 when he began dating reality TV star Kim Kardarhian. At year's end, the couple announced that they were expecting their first baby, a girl, due in July 2013. West and Kardashian became engaged in October 2013 and married on May 24, 2014 at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Their daughter, North West, was born in June 2013.
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