Kanye West was born in Atlanta on June 8, 1977. Following his parents’ divorce when he was three, he moved with his mother to Chicago, where she worked as an academic before eventually becoming his manager.
West’s lifelong interest in the arts led him to the hip-hop community and, after dropping out of college, he began working behind-the-scenes as a producer for a number of stars, including Jay Z, who would go on to become his biggest collaborator and one of his closest friends. West had his own musical breakout with his 2004 album, “The College Dropout,” which received 10 Grammy nominations. He released his second album, “Late Registration,” the very next year, featuring the monster hit “Gold Digger.” In 2007 and 2008 came two more records, “Graduation” and “808s & Heartbreak.” In 2010 there was “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and 2011 brought a joint album with Jay Z called “Watch The Throne.”
As his music career took off, West also explored his interest in design, and started his own fashion label. He also made a name for himself as one of the industry’s most outspoken stars, with infamous moments including his “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comment during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina relief telethon, and crashing Taylor Swift’s VMAs acceptance in 2009. On-stage rants have almost become a staple of West’s concert tours, and his aggressive personality has led to conflicts with the paparazzi, as well as some legal trouble. He has also experienced tragedy, with the 2007 death of his mom following surgery complications.
After relationships with Alexis Phifer, to whom he was engaged, and Amber Rose, he began dating longtime friend Kim Kardashian in 2012. They welcomed a daughter, North, in 2013, a few months before he proposed. The couple, known in the media as “Kimye,” went on to wed in 2014. And just after New Year’s Eve, West released a surprise song, featuring Paul McCartney, called “Only One,” in which he pays tribute to both his mother and daughter.
Kanye West BLASTS Billboard Music Awards, Apologizes To Fans For “Grossly Over-Censored” Performance (VIDEO)
May 19th, 2015VIDEO
Kanye West is blasting the Billboard Music Awards in the wake of Sunday’s heavily censored performance. As Gossip Cop reported, the rapper closed the ceremony with “All Day” and “Black Skinhead,” but could barely be heard due to extensive bleeping. See West’s statement about the situation here.Read more...
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West NOT Getting Divorced Because Of His Billboard Music Awards Performance, Despite Crazy Claim
May 19th, 2015EXCLUSIVE
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are not getting a divorce because of his performance at the Billboard Music Awards, despite yet another pathetic story from a webloid that seemingly fabricates its claims. Gossip Cop can once again debunk the manufactured rumor. We’re told it’s simply “not true.”Read more...
Kanye West “All Day,” “Black Skinhead” Billboard Music Awards Video: Rapper’s Performance Gets Bleeped — WATCH
May 11th, 2015
That’s Dr. Kanye West to you! On Monday, West, who never graduated from college, received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon being conferred his honorary doctorate, West addressed the other graduates about being a pop artist and when to say you’re “sorry.”Read more...