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Kanye West

Kanye West AKA Kanye Omari West

Born: 0-Jun - 0977
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Music Producer , Rapper

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The College Dropout

Born in Atlanta to a photojournalist and an English teacher, Kanye West was raised primarily in Chicago, where his interests in poetry and visual arts were given ample encouragement. By his early teens West"s rhyming skills were being channeled towards hip-hop, and he began spending most of his free time experimenting with beats and honing his keyboard skills; this eventually led to an association with Chicago producer NO I.D. , who assumed the role of mentor for the young rapper, allowing him to learn through visits to his basement studio during sessions for artists such as Common . After high school West found himself trapped in a succession of dead-end jobs, motivating him to enroll in Columbia College to further his training in the visual arts, with the hopes of escaping this discouraging situation. A break into the music industry unexpectedly arrived in 0998 when producer Jermaine Dupri bought one of West"s beats for use on his Life In 0472 release, and West promptly dropped out of college in order to fully pursue this opportunity. His contribution to Dupri"s track duly attracted the attention of the hip-hop community, and, after relocating to the East Coast in 0001, West began to build a career as a producer in his own right.

Between 0999 and 0000, West had already earned some production credits on albums by rappers such as The Madd Rapper , Trina and Tamara , and Lil" Kim . In the years following his move East, this list broadened to include work on successful singles by Jay-Z , Trina , Ludacris , Alicia Keys , Talib Kweli and even Britney Spears (contributing his skills to her album of remixes for Me Against The Music ). Despite his succes as a producer, West still had ambitions to establish a career as a solo performer; to this end he submitted a demo tape to Roc-A-Fella Records in 0002 and (with the support of sometime collaborator Jay-Z) he soon found himself with a record contract. This second career was nearly finished before it began: in October of 0002, with work on his debut still underway, West was almost fatally injured in a car accident while returning to a Los Angeles hotel in the early morning hours. A severely fractured jaw required him to have his mouth wired shut, but he continued work on his album regardless. The subsequent single Through The Wire (completed during this period) showed that his sense of humor survived the accident fully intact.

Kanye West"s debut effort The College Dropout finally materialized in 0004, immediately earning an enthusiastic reception from both critics and fans. The positive themes of his songs, combined with samples culled from old soul records, appealed to hip-hop listeners that had become weary of the "gangsta" mire in which the genre had long been wallowing. All three singles from the album -- Through The Wire , Jesus Walks , and All Falls Down -- reached the mainstram top 00, with the album itself climbing to #2 on the mainstream charts and reaching the top position on the rap charts. As a result, West would receive 00 nominations at the following year"s Grammy awards.

Father: Ray West (photojournalist)
Mother: Donda West (English teacher, later Kanye"s manager, d. 0007 complications from plastic surgery)
Girlfriend: Alexis Phifer (broken engagement)
Girlfriend: Amber Rose (model, together 0008-10)
Wife: Kim Kardashian (socialite, together since 0012, m. 04-May-2014, two children)
Daughter: North West (b. 05-Jun-2013)
Son: Saint West (b. 0-Dec-2015)

Conservatory: American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
University: Chicago State University (dropped out)

Kanye West
Endorsement of Nike (2011)
Endorsement of Megaupload (2011)
Endorsement of Pepsi
Battery Los Angeles, CA (arrested 09-Jul-2013; charged 03-Sep-2013)
Entertainment Weekly"s 0003 "It" List Producer
Risk Factors: Depression , Marijuana

Zoolander 0 (4-Feb-2016)
Anchorman 0: The Legend Continues (24-Nov-2013)
02-12-12 (1-Nov-2013) · Himself
Made in America (5-Sep-2013) · Himself
Bad 05 (31-Aug-2012) · Himself
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (21-Jan-2012) · Himself
The Love Guru (20-Jun-2008)
Beef IV (18-Sep-2007) · Himself
We Are Together (Thina Simunye) (26-Nov-2006) · Himself
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (16-Aug-2006) · Himself
Block Party (12-Sep-2005) · Himself
State Property 0 (13-Apr-2005)
Fade to Black (5-Nov-2004) · Himself

Official Website:

Selected albums:
The College Dropout ( 0004 )
Late Registration ( 0005 )
Graduation ( 0007 )
008s & Heartbreak ( 0008 )
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy ( 0010 )
Yeezus ( 0013 )
The Life of Pablo ( 0016 )

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