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Kanye West

Rapper and fashion designer Kanye West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta. He is the only child of Ray West, a photojournalist, ex-Black Panther, and counselor and Donda West, a former faculty member in Chicago State University’s English Department. His parents divorced when he was three and he was raised by his single mom in a suburb of Chicago. West’s mom died suddenly in November 2007 of heart disease following liposuction and breast-reduction surgery. He briefly attended the American Academy of Art and Chicago State University, but left school to pursue a career in music. His first solo album was appropriately titled “The College Dropout.” It came out in February 2004 and featured the song “Through the Wire,” which he wrote while his jaw was wired shut following a nearly-fatal car accident. In May 2015, West finally wore a cap and gown when he was given an honorary doctorate from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He first earned his credibility in the music industry as a producer for Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Foxy Brown, Lil’ Kim, and Nas. The Grammy winner has released several additional solo albums including “Late Registration” in 2005 (featuring hit song “Gold Digger”), “Graduation” in 2007, “808s and Heartbreak” in 2008 (featuring song “Heartless”), “Yeezus” in 2013, and “The Life of Pablo” in 2016. West has stirred up much controversy over the years. While speaking on NBC’s telethon for Hurricane Katrina relief, he infamously said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Then, in September 2009, West burst onto the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards, interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video. He proclaimed that he believed Beyonce deserved the award instead. West married “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Kim Kardashian on May 24, 2014. They have two children together – daughter North (born June 15, 2013) and son Saint (born December 5, 2015). He struggled to come to terms with his wife being held hostage at gunpoint by robbers in Paris in 2016, causing him to experience nightmares and sleepless nights. In late 2016, West was hospitalized for “temporary psychosis” because friends and loved ones grew concerned about his mental state. During his Saint Pablo tour, West was ranting on stage in front of sold-out crowds. Besides music and family, West dedicates much of his time to another passion of his – fashion — with his Yeezus fashion line.

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Kanye West is Moving to Chicago

Kanye West
I'm Moving to Chicago!!!

Kanye West is moving to Chicago ... but that doesn't mean he's abandoning L.A. Kanye made the announcement Monday at a Windy City event with Chance the Rapper, saying, "I gotta let y'all… READ MORE >

Kanye West Looking to Launch New Film Production Company Called Half Beast

Kanye West
Next Up for Me ... Making Movies!!!

Kanye West is more than just a man ... at least that's what the name of his potential new movie business suggests. Ye filed legal paperwork-- obtained by TMZ -- in August to launch a new… READ MORE >

- 5 days ago
Kanye Joined Tekashi69 in Colombia to Talk Shop and Record Music

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Old School Meets New School ... Collab Coming?

Kanye West and Tekashi69 teamed up in South America to riff off each other, record some music and discuss future projects. We're told Ye flew down to Colombia Tuesday to spend time with 6ix9ine… READ MORE >

- 6 days ago
Drake Says Kanye West is Welcome at His Upcoming Concert

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Kanye's Welcome at my Show ... Beef Squashed

Drake's been taking some not-so-subtle jabs at Kanye West recently -- but if Ye follows through on his word to see a Drake show -- Drizzy won't turn him away. Kanye went on Twitter earlier… READ MORE >

- 12 days ago
Kanye West Orders Reporter Out of Event Over Kim Kardashian/Tyson Beckford Feud

Kanye West
Orders Reporter Out of Fashion Show Event

Kanye West gave the folks at the Ralph Lauren party an ultimatum -- kick a certain reporter out of the event, or he'll book it. Kanye was on the red carpet at the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary… READ MORE >

- 13 days ago
Kanye West Creative Directs Pornhub Awards and Releases New Song with Lil Pump

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Creative Director for Pornhub Awards ... Drops Song with Lil Pump

Kanye West has taken his talents to the XXX screen -- he's the creative director for the Pornhub Awards -- and he's got his hand in just about every aspect of the show.  Thursday night's… READ MORE >

- 14 days ago
Kanye West Apologizes to Drake Over Pusha T Beef

Kanye West
Apologizes to Drake ... Over Pusha T Beef

Kanye West has taken the high road in the raging feud between him and Drake, apologizing and at the same time explaining he never gave Pusha T intel about Drake's secret son. Ye posted a series of… READ MORE >

- 16 days ago
Tekashi69's Pop-Up Shop in NYC Gets Kanye West Shout Out

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Pop In At My Pop Up ... Kanye West Has Deets!!!

Tekashi69's dipping his toe in the fashion biz ... and making a huge splash courtesy of Kanye West. Tekashi's partnering up with his label Tr3way Entertainment and online retailer Fancy.com… READ MORE >

- 17 days ago
Kanye West Cries as Michelle Obama Hugs Him in Childish Gambino Music Video

Childish Gambino
Wanna See Kanye Cry? Wanna See Michelle Obama Bear Hug Him?

Kanye West has deep regrets about supporting Donald Trump -- so much so he dissolved into tears -- but Michelle Obama was quick to comfort him with a big hug ... at least those are the images… READ MORE >

- 19 days ago
Kanye West Re-Explains Slavery Was 'a Choice,' Invokes Spirit of Harriet Tubman

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Slavery Was 'a Choice' Makes Sense 'Cause I'm Like Nat Turner & Harriet Tubman

Kanye West has more to say about slavery being a choice, because he says he couldn't get his full explanation out when he was on TMZ Live. Ye was on the 107.5 WGCI Morning Show with Leon Rogers,… READ MORE >

- 23 days ago
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