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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.

Kanye West's Company Employee Badly Injured When Machine Falls on Him

Kanye West
Employee Badly Injured at Office ... Airlifted to Hospital

An employee at Kanye West's company suffered a severe leg injury on the job, and it was so bad he had to be airlifted to the hospital ... TMZ has learned. Sources at the Calabasas Tech Center --… READ MORE >

Kanye West May Have to Fight for Yeezy Brand Name

Kanye West
Nothing's Easy, Yeezy!! Chinese Co. Trying to Take Over His Brand

Kanye West might have to strap on his fightin' shoes ... because a company has come out of nowhere to compete for the right to use his Yeezy nickname. According to new legal docs -- obtained by… READ MORE >

- 3 days ago
Kanye and Drake's Wyoming Meetup Looks Like Huge Operation for New Album

Kanye & Drake
Serious Collab Operation Going Down in Wyoming

Kanye West and Drake working together on a song for Ye's new album is a big deal ... but it seems like the 2 hip-hop icons are teaming up in Wyoming for a whole lot more. Sources in Jackson… READ MORE >

- 7 days ago
Drake And Kanye Together In Wyoming For New Album

Signs Point to Kanye Rendezvous For Wyoming Recording Sesh

Drake may very well be making an appearance on Kanye West's next album because there are some MASSIVE, rocky hints he's in Wyoming, too. Drake's personal photographer and videographer, Theo… READ MORE >

- 8 days ago
Kanye West's Clothing Company Sued for Camouflage Ripoff

Kanye West
Clothing Company Sued You Ripped Off Our Camo Gear

Kanye West's clothing company is being sued for allegedly ripping off camouflage patterns from a competing company. Yeezy Apparel and Unknwn are being sued by Jordan Outdoor Enterprises over camo… READ MORE >

- 9 days ago
Kanye West Returns to Wyoming to Write Songs with Travis Scott & Co.

Kanye West
Back to the Mountaintop to Write Songs This Time w/ Travis & Co.

Kanye West probably isn't gonna have to climb a mountain to wrap up his new album, 'cause he's got some friends tagging along with him now to make the hike easier. Kanye went back to Wyoming this… READ MORE >

- 12 days ago
Chris Darden's Angry Kanye West Wore a 'Free OJ' T-Shirt

Chris Darden
Hey Kanye, You Happy Now OJ was Freed?

Chris Darden is incredulous Kanye West would dare sport a "Free OJ" t-shirt, especially now that he has flat-out confessed to the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson on the Fox… READ MORE >

- 13 days ago
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Massive Pool Gets Final Resting Place

Kim & Kanye
We've Moved Our Massive Pool ... Ya Dig??

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's crown jewel of their Hidden Hills estate is finally in place ... and all it took was 2 years, tons of dirt and several backhoes. This new aerial shot shows the big… READ MORE >

- 22 days ago
Kim Kardashian Posts Pic, Reveals Chicago's Face for First Time

Kim Kardashian
Chicago's Totally Mommy's Lil Girl ... First Pic of Baby's Face

Kim Kardashian's revealing her baby girl's face for the first time ... and the Kardashian genes are STRONG with this one. Kim posted the shot of Chicago West on Monday, and, in true family… READ MORE >

- 26 days ago
Judge Judy Says Kardashians Not Welcome on Her Show

Judge Judy
Drops the Gavel ... No Kardashians in My Court!!!

Judge Judy's handing down her verdict on the Kardashians, and it's guilty ... of not being worthy of an appearance on her show appeal. Her Honor was out in Bev Hills with her husband, Jerry, when… READ MORE >

- 27 days ago
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