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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.

Kim and Kanye Not Selling First Baby Pics

Kim and Kanye
We're Not Selling Baby Pics ... It's Just Immoral

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been offered multi-million dollar deals to provide first photos of their new baby ... and they have REJECTED all of them. Sources familiar with the offers tell… READ MORE >

Kim Kardashian Flaunts Her 'Mom of 3' Snap Back Bod

Kim Kardashian
See This Bod? Cranked Out 3 Babies

Kim Kardashian's body is snapping back in record time! Ditto for her sense of humor.  Hours after announcing she and Kanye West had a new baby girl -- via surrogate -- Kim posted this… READ MORE >

- 4 hours ago
Kanye West Seen For First Time Since Birth of Daughter

Kanye West
All Smiles After Birth of Baby Girl

Kanye West isn't wasting any time getting back to work ... heading into the office just a day after welcoming his new baby girl. West was spotted outside his Calabasas studio Tuesday -- and while… READ MORE >

- 22 hours ago
Kim Kardashian in Hospital Delivery Room for Birth of Her Baby Daughter

Kim Kardashian
Front and Center in Delivery Room For Birth of Daughter

Kim Kardashian was in the hospital delivery room when her surrogate gave birth ... TMZ has learned. Sources familiar with the birth tell us, Kim was at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. when the… READ MORE >

- 24 hours ago
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Welcome Baby Girl Via Surrogate

Kim and Kanye
Welcome Baby Girl!!!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West just had their third child via surrogate ... TMZ has learned. Kim made the announcement, saying the surrogate gave birth Monday to a healthy girl weighing 7lbs 6oz.… READ MORE >

- 1 day ago
Kim and Kanye Are Down with Attending Paris Hilton's Wedding

Kim and Kanye
Of Course We'll Be at Paris' Wedding!!!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had a casual night out Friday at the hottest restaurant in L.A. K & K hit up Craig's in West Hollywood and they were characteristically un-chatty, EXCEPT on the… READ MORE >

- 5 days ago
Kanye West Reaches Out to Fan Dying of Cancer for Last Wish

Kanye West
Grants Fan's Dying Wish ... With 'I Love Kanye'

Kanye West provided a little joy in a fan's final hours ... chatting with and rapping for her before she died. We're told Kanye recently became aware of a young fan who was battling cancer.… READ MORE >

- 9 days ago
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Worked with Renowned Designer on New Mansion

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian
Worked with Famed Designer To Perfect Crib's Look

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian teamed up with a renowned designer to create the masterpiece that is now their Hidden Hills home ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to the couple tell us ... Kanye's… READ MORE >

- 10 days ago
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Profit By $20 Million on Hidden Hills Mansion

Kim & Kanye
Gotta Spend $$$ to Make $$$ Up Millions on New Home!!!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have poured boatloads of cash into their Hidden Hills home over the past few years, but it was all worth it ... because the house is now $20 million ABOVE water.… READ MORE >

- 14 days ago
Kim Kardashian Won't Keep Any Jewelry in New Home

Kim Kardashian
Our Home Is Now Jewelry Free!!! New Mansion, New Policy

Kim and Kanye's new mansion -- the one they spent years renovating and finally moved into a few weeks ago -- has its first house rule ... NO JEWELRY ALLOWED!!! Our Kardashian sources tell us Kim… READ MORE >

- 15 days ago
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