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.
June 30th, 2015EXCLUSIVE
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are NOT getting a divorce over the rapper’s recent show at the Glastonbury Festival in England, despite a ridiculous new report. Gossip Cop can exclusively bust this rumor. We’re told by a source close to Kardashian that it’s 100 percent not true.Read more...
June 29th, 2015VIDEO
Adam Lambert was not a fan of Kanye West’s cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the Glastonbury Festival in England on Saturday. The former “American Idol” star took to Twitter on Monday to slam West’s performance of the classic Queen song. “OYE VEY Kanye,” tweeted Lambert, adding, “That Bohemian Rhapsody at Glastonbury though… Ouch.” Watch the video here!Read more...
June 27th, 2015VIDEO
Kanye West had his headlining performance on Saturday at the Glastonbury Festival in England interrupted by a man named Lee Nelson, who ran on stage with a microphone in hand as West performed “Black Skinhead.” Wearing a white T-shirt that read “Lee-Zus,” a nod to West’s album “Yeezus,” Nelson somehow managed to get onstage before the thousands of people in the audience and mocked rapped the song with arms pumping in the air, as West looked on confused. Watch the video here.Read more...