Kanye Omari West is a famous American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States and raised in Chicago, USA.
He started his music career at a very young age, but he didn’t gain any recognition until 2000 as a producer, producing many singles for a record label known as Roc-A-Fella Records.
As of 2016, Kanye West was a man struggling with $53 million debt, but he went from the pit of debt to the mountain top of wealth; currently, he is a billionaire with an acclaimed Net Worth estimated to be $3.2billion.
He got married to the beautiful internet sensation and reality show star, Kim Kardashian, in 2014, and since then, their union is blessed with four children.
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Personal Details of Kanye West
- Full name: Kanye Omari West
- Birth date: 8th June 1977
- Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia United States of America
- Age: 42 Years
- Zodiac Sign: Gemini
- Height: 5’8’’ (1.73m)
- Nationality: American
- Political Party: Republican
- Religion: Christianity
- Education: Chicago State University, Polaris High School
- Net Worth: $3.2 billion
- Spouse: Kim Kardashian West (Married 2014)
- Children: North West, Saint West, Chicago West, Psalm West
- Parents: Ray West – Father and Dr. Donda C. Williams (West) – Mother
- Occupation: Entrepreneur, record producer, rapper, singer, fashion designer, and Songwriter
- Brand: Yeezy Boost
- Label: Roc-A-Fella, GOOD MUSIC, Def Jam
- Genre: Hip hop, Experimental, Art pop
- Active Years: 1996 – Present
Kanye West was born to his parents Ray West and Dr. Donda West, in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 8th, 1977. Ray West, Kanye’s father, was a photojournalist who worked for a journal newspaper in Atlanta before he became a Christian counselor.
At the same time, Donda West, Kanye’s mother, worked as a teacher in Atlanta before becoming a professor lecturing in the English department at Chicago State University. Unfortunately, when Kanye turned 3, his parents got divorced, and the rapper has to live with his mother in Chicago.
Raised in South Shore, Chicago, where he completed his high school at Polaris High School, Chicago, and was awarded a scholarship to further his education at Chicago American Academy of Art. Still, he eventually dropped out to pursue his dreams in the music world.
Kanye West started his music career when he was just five years old, but it was not until early 2000 since he got himself involved in music production, that he became known.
As of then, he worked with Roc-A-Fella Records as a producer, where he made collaborations with other rappers and singers such as Cam’ ron, Ludacris, and Common.
Although, you can call him a college drop out that would not mean anything to him because he believed he did the right by dropping out of college to pursue his music dreams, and he felt he was in the right place. Even though he started well as a producer, he was inclined to be a rapper.
Therefore, in 2004, he released his debut album called “College dropout,” which sold massively of about 441,000 copies during the first week it was released. This was the breakthrough he needed in his rapping career.
The following year, he made a collaboration with Jon Brion, who was a composer, and together, they released West’s second album “late registration” which sold massively as well.
In 2007, “Graduation” – his third album was released and topped the billboard 200 as number one, selling about 957,000 copies during the first week of its release with one of its track singles ‘My beautiful dark twisted fantasy’ in 2010.
This album was regarded as a genius work by the critics topping the billboard charts in its first week.
When we had all thought that music was all Kanye had to offer, but seems like he had a lot more – Kanye ventured into the fashion world, collaborating with many designers’ brands, selling his ideas to them.
West also founded GOOD MUSIC, a record label in collaboration with Sony BMG where he produced high profile celebrities and singers such as Alicia Keys, Beyoncé Knowles, Taylor Swift, John Legend, and many more. What can we say? Kanye is a global success in his career as a musician and a fashion designer.
Kanye West, who is currently married to Kim Kardashian, has been in a few public relationships before.
In 2002, he began dating a designer known as Alexis Phifer, although the relationship was on and off, they later got engaged in 2006, but everything ended in 2008, and the pair had to call it a quit.
That same year, he started Amber Rose, a model, but they ended things in 2010. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, who was Kanye’s long-time friend and reality show star, started their relationship in 2012, and after about six months of dating, they got engaged.
On May 24th, 2014, the two love birds tied the knot, and since then, they have been living together blessed with four lovely children – North Nori West, Saint West, Chicago West, and Psalm West.
Shortly after Kanye announced that he was a born again Christian, he got his whole family baptized, and since then, he was more into making gospel music.
Donda, Kanye’s mother, who has retired as a professor at Chicago State University to be his manager, died of a heart attack in 2007, and this affected Kanye emotionally; However, he has remarkably improved; it is still noticeable that he misses his mother.
As of 2016, Kanye was sitting on a $150 million debt while begging influential to buy his ideas, but today, he is a billionaire.
Kanye West claims he is worth dollars $3.3 billion, but according to Forbes, his net worth is estimated at $1.3 billion. Forbes disclosed that his brand “Yeezy” made him a billionaire.
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