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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.

LATEST STORIES
  
Kanye West Out Strolling the Hills of Wyoming

Kanye West
I'm Lovin' This Fresh Mountain Air!!!

Kanye West says he's "healing" in the Wyoming mountains, and now we know exactly what that looks like. TMZ obtained this shot of Kanye out for a stroll with a friend on a remote hillside road near… READ MORE >

Tekashi69 Says He's Featured on Kanye West's New Album

Tekashi69
I Stay Winning ... My Feature on 'Ye's Album Proves It!

Tekashi69 is either trolling us, or he's suddenly climbed a few rungs on the hip-hop ladder ... 'cause he says he made it on Kanye West's new album. We got 6ix9ine Sunday at LAX -- without… READ MORE >

- 16 days ago
Stevie Wonder Says Kanye's Slavery Comment is Foolishness

Stevie Wonder
'Ye's Slavery Views Are Foolishness ... So is Trump's Race Summit

Stevie Wonder doesn't have time to waste thinking over Kanye West's ridiculous views on slavery -- ditto for President Trump's proposed race summit, actually. We got Stevie Saturday at LAX and… READ MORE >

- 16 days ago
'SNL' Spoofs Kanye West with 'A Quiet Place' Parody

'SNL'
Monstrously Spoofs Kanye With 'A Quiet Place' Parody

Kanye West not only got people talking with his tweets, he got them screaming so loud the monsters ate them. 'SNL' did a hilarious spoof on "A Quiet Place," where Donald Glover and cast… READ MORE >

- 17 days ago
Kim Kardashian Attends Cher Concert in Vegas for High School Reunion

Kim Kardashian
20th High School Reunion ... Share and Cher Alike

Kim Kardashian hit up Cher's concert in Vegas Friday night with the girls from Marymount High School, class of 1998. Kim and her classmates went on the road to continue their 20th high school… READ MORE >

- 17 days ago
Common Still Loves Kanye West, Says Country Has Way Bigger Problems

Common
Kanye's My Bro, 'No Matter What' ... U.S. Has Bigger Problems

Kanye West's outburst about slavery being a choice is small potatoes compared to the other issues plaguing the African-American community ... according to one of his closest friends, Common.… READ MORE >

- 18 days ago
Tyron Woodley Explains How to Fight Kanye West

Tyron Woodley
Here's How I'd Fight Kanye West

Tyron Woodley told Van Lathan he was proud of the way he handled himself during the TMZ confrontation with Kanye West ... but he needs to be prepared in case they ever have to fight.  The… READ MORE >

- 18 days ago
Donald Trump Thanks Kanye West for Doubling His African-American Poll Numbers

Donald Trump
Black People Love Me Twice as Much ... Thanks Kanye!!!

Donald Trump just shouted out Kanye West during his speech at the NRA Convention ... for giving him a boost in the polls with black people. The Prez thanked Kanye in front of the huge audience in… READ MORE >

- 18 days ago
Kanye West Gets Special Treatment at Wyoming Resort

Kanye West
Gets Early Pass at Wyoming Resort

Kanye West has turned the Wyoming resort he's staying at into Kanyeville ... because he and his team are the hotel's only guests. Our sources in Jackson Hole, Wyoming tell TMZ ... the… READ MORE >

- 19 days ago
Tekashi69 Says Headphones Deal was Fake, Kanye's Learning From Him

Tekashi69
Headphones Deal was Fake ... P.S. Kanye is My Pupil

5/4 4:20 PM PT -- A rep for TUNES tells us Tekashi is full of it ... they reached a deal, and anything he's denying is a flat-out lie. Tekashi69 isn't sweating losing a $5 million headphones… READ MORE >

- 19 days ago
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