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Kanye West

West was raised in a middle-class household in Chicago, Illinois, and began rapping in the third grade, becoming involved in the city's hip hop scene. West attended art school for one semester before dropping out to pursue music entirely in the late 1990s. Although his real desire was to become a rapper, record executives did not take West seriously, viewing him as a producer first and foremost. After being signed to Roc-A-Fella in 2002, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim. The baroque-inspired Late Registration followed in 2005, and Graduation in 2007. West switched rapping for singing on his emotive 2008 effort 808's & Heartbreak, and embraced maximalism on 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Following several collaborations, West released his sixth album, Yeezus, in 2013.

West is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 21 million albums and 66 million digital downloads. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all-time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his age. Time has named West one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Three of his albums rank on Rolling Stone's 2012 "the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list; two of West's albums feature at #8 and #1 respectively in Pitchfork Media's The 100 Best Albums of 2010-2014.

West's background and style, from his debut album, deviated from the then-dominant "gangsta" persona in hip hop, and he would later alter the genre stylistically as rappers adopted his alternative aesthetic. An outspoken and controversial celebrity, West has often been the source of incidents at award shows. His interest in fashion has also attracted media attention and differentiates West from other artists. West runs his own record label GOOD Music and has directed several short films.

He is in the song American Boy by Estelle.
He is featured in the remix to Lil' Wayne's song Lollipop.
He has a strong dislike for President George Bush.
His mother used to be his manager.
His song Stronger, features a sample from the music duo Daft Punk.
His parents divorced when he was three.
His mother is a former English professor at Chicago State University.
He has produced songs for many different artists like Alicia Keys, DMX, Jay-Z, Commom, Mos Def, and other artists.
In 2005, he was nominated for 10 Grammies. He ended up going home with three.
At the 2008 Grammies, he performed a song he made called Hey Mama. It was a special message to his mother about her death. In the song he mentioned seeing her in his dreams.
He moved to Chicago when he was 3.
He is signed to Roc A Fella Records.
His favorite band is Scottish group Franz Ferdinland.
He is an only child.
At the 10th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, Kanye was awarded "International Man" of the year 2007.
His mascot is a teddy bear, which has appeared on the cover of three of his albums.
Kanye's mother, Donda West, died November 10, 2007 in Los Angeles. Donda West raised her son as a single mother in the Chicago neighborhood of South Shore after divorcing his father Ray, a former Black Panther, when Kanye was 3. No other details about the circumstances of her death were available at this time.
When Kanye was ten years old, he spent a year in Nanjing, China, where his mother held a position of visiting professor.
Kanye's name means "the only one" in Swahili.
Kanye West is parodied in the 2007 film Epic Movie.
His second album, Late Registration, sold over 904,000 copies in its first week alone.
Kanye produced Jay Z's "Izzo (H.O.V.A)" and also apeared in the song's video.
Kanye has two CD's he has released: College Dropout and Late Registration.
He is 5'8" tall.
Kanye is in the December 2005 issue of GQ.
Has his own record label called G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams), which Common is signed to and many more artists.


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