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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 Drops $20k for Scooters

Kanye West
I Dropped $20k on Scooters!!!

Kanye West splurged on some sweet toys just before Xmas ... and it cost him a pretty penny. 'Ye dropped just north of $20k for 12 URB-Es -- the foldable, motorized scooter that goes up to 15… READ MORE >

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Return from Family Trip to Visit His Mom's Grave (PHOTO GALLERY)

Kim & Kanye
Family Trip to Visit Mom's Grave

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and their kids all touched down in L.A. Monday night after a very timely New Year's trip to visit the grave site of Kanye's mother. The Wests stepped off their… READ MORE >

- 174 days ago
Kanye West's Workouts Are Amped-Up ... And They're Helping His Recovery

Kanye West
Gym Time Gets The Mind Right

Kanye West is making serious gains in the gym -- and not just for his body.  Sources close to the rapper tell us 'Ye's been hitting the gym 5 to 6 times a week recently ... and it's… READ MORE >

- 178 days ago
Kanye West Looks Alert, Engaged and Ready for 2017 (VIDEO)

Kanye West
Alert, Engaged, Ready for 2017

Kanye West is back ... or so it seems from this video. 'Ye was leaving 24 Hour Fitness in L.A. Tuesday when a photog asked about his New Year's resolution. It's not so much what he says ...… READ MORE >

- 180 days ago
Kardashains Go Full Bore for Christmas Party (VIDEO)

Kardashians
Full Bore for XMAS

The Kardashians brushed off a super rough fourth quarter and celebrated XMAS in high style, with the help of some famous, non-family folk. The bash went down XMAS eve at Kris's Calabasas mansion.… READ MORE >

- 183 days ago
Kim, Kanye, North Enjoy a Nutcracker Christmas

Kim, Kanye, North
We're Having a Nutcrackin' Christmas!!!

Kim, Kanye, and North West put some culture in their Christmas Friday, with a real nutcracker. The West crew made a stealth entrance at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center ... slinking… READ MORE >

- 184 days ago
Kanye West Takes in a Movie, Seriously Bummed (PHOTO)

Kanye West
I Give This Movie ... No Smiles Up

Kanye West dodged all the holiday shopping madness, and opted for the peace and quiet of a movie theater ... but it didn't help his mood. 'Ye slipped into something comfy for movie night in… READ MORE >

- 186 days ago
Kanye West's European Tour Cancelled (UPDATE)

Kanye West
European Tour Cancelled

The second leg of Kanye West's Saint Pablo Tour has not just been put on hold ... it's been outright cancelled ... TMZ has learned. As we reported, Kanye's psych hospitalization put the 2017… READ MORE >

- 187 days ago
UCLA Med Center on the Hunt for Massive Kanye Breach

Kanye West
UCLA Med Center on the Hunt for Kanye Breach

Kanye West's stay at UCLA Med Center had some staffers hunting for medical info, according to multiple people at the facility ... who tell TMZ a slew of people couldn't resist attempting to look… READ MORE >

- 188 days ago
John Legend Can't Decide if it's OK to Meet with Donald Trump (VIDEO)

John Legend
Waffles on Kanye Meeting Trump

John Legend seems to be walking back his criticism of Kanye West meeting with Donald Trump. We caught up with the singer Monday at LAX where our photog asks if he'd take a… READ MORE >

- 189 days ago
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