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Kanye West – Biography

Kanye West remains to be one of the most fascinating and polarizing figures in popular culture. Kanye West is a Grammy Award-winning rapper and record producer and fashion designer. Outspoken and prone to controversy, he became additional celebrity fodder with his marriage to Kim Kardashian. Kanye West is full of contradictions: He’s arrogant but self-deprecating, materialistic but religious, remarkably rude but also sensitive. Rather than sublimate those conflicts, his music shows them off. By melding the gangsta ethos with his own nerdy persona and making hip-hop that was at once deeply introspective, utterly distinct, and lots of fun, West became the most important new pop star of the 2000s — a character who made the mainstream come to him, rather than the other way around.

Kanye West, (born June 8, 1977, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.), American producer, rapper, and fashion designer who parlayed his production success in the late 1990s and early 2000s into a career as a popular, critically acclaimed solo artist. Kanye West, the child of a photographer and former Black Panther father and a college professor mother, grew up in Chicago and attended Chicago State University for one year before dropping out to pursue a career in music.

Early on he demonstrated his considerable abilities as a producer, contributing to Jermaine Dupri’s album Life in 1472 (1998) before relocating to the New York City area, where he made his name with his production work for Roc-A-Fella Records, especially on rapper Jay-Z’s album Blueprint (2001). West’s skillful use of accelerated sample-based beats soon made him much in demand as a producer, but he struggled to be allowed to make his own recordings (partly because of the perception that his middle-class background denied his credibility as a rapper).

When he finally released his debut solo album, The College Dropout (2004), it was massively successful: sales soared, and critics gushed over its sonic sophistication and clever wordplay, which blended humour, faith, insight, and political awareness on songs such as “Through the Wire” and the gospel-choir-backed “Jesus Walks.” The latter cut won a Grammy Award for the best rap song in 2005, and West also picked up awards that year for best rap album and best rhythm-and-blues song (as one of the songwriters of Alicia Keys’s “You Don’t Know My Name”).

Kanye West’s big break came when he put together the beat for Jay-Z’s “This Can’t Be Life,” from the Roc-a-Fella co-founder’s 2000 The Dynasty: Roc la Familia album. The following year, he handled production on a third of the 15 tracks on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint (2001, Number One), including the smash “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” (2001, Number Eight) and the Nas dis track, “Takeover.”

West’s hot streak as a producer continued apace with his “chipmunk soul” style—sped-up vocal snippets of old R&B records—inspired, according to West, by the RZA’s production for the Wu-Tang Clan and their associates. His signature sound helped make him one of the most in-demand producers. In the two-and-a-half years between The Blueprint and his own debut, West contributed tracks to two-dozen albums, among them: Cam’ron’s Come Home with Me (2002), Talib Kweli’s Quality (2002), Nas’s The Lost Tapes (2002), T.I.’s Trap Muzik (2003), Beyonce’s Dangerously in Love(2003), Ludacris’s Chicken-N-Beer (2003), The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), and Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 2.0: The Gift and the Curse (Number One, 2002) and The Black Album (Number One, 2003).

In October 2002, amid this whirlwind of activity, West survived a near-fatal car crash. With his jaw wired shut, West wrote the song “Through the Wire” (2004, Number 15) about the accident, rapping his lyrics (yes) “through the wire.” The funny, profoundly personal track helped build the buzz for West’s first album. After several delays, The College Dropout was issued on February 10, 2004, and yielded two more hits in gospel-choir-backed “Jesus Walks” (2004, Number 11) and “All Falls Down” (2004, Number Seven). That year West won three Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song (“Jesus Walks”).

For his album ‘The College Dropout’, West grabbed 10 Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. He won a Grammy for the Best Rap Album category. His album was certified as triple platinum in the United States.

Kanye West was in a romantic relationship with various women like designer Alexis Phifer. They were in a relationship for almost 4 years and broke-up their 18-month long engagement in 2008. Thereafter, he dated model Amber Rose but the relationship was also called off in 2010. West dated longtime friend Kim Kardashian and they got engaged in 2013. They were blessed with a daughter North ‘Nori’ West on June 15, 2013, in L.A., California. The couple married on May 24, 2014, at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Currently this year they were blessed with a baby they named Chicago.

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