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Kanye West

Rapper Kanye West
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Profession: Rapper

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Consistently regarded as one of the greatest and most controversial artists of the 21st century, West's musical innovation on albums such as The College Dropout, Graduation, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus won him plaudits from music critics and commercial success. With a total of 21 Grammy Awards to his name, he is one of the most awarded artists of all time.

Outside of music, his controversial actions at award ceremonies - in particular his interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Music Awards - and his outspoken nature have generated much negative publicity. His work in fashion and his marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian has also been the subject of intense media scrutiny.

Born: June 8, 1977
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Age: 44 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Gemini

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Historical Events

  • 2001-09-11 Jay-Z releases his album "Blueprint" featuring contributions by Eminem and Kanye West
  • 2004-02-10 Kanye West releases his debut album "The College Dropout" (2005 Grammy Best Rap Album)
  • 2005-09-01 22nd MTV Video Music Awards: Green Day, Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West win
  • 2010-11-22 American rapper and producer Kanye West's fifth studio album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" is released by Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records
  • 2015-08-30 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards
  • 2018-05-02 Kanye West widely criticized for saying "slavery is a choice" in TMZ interview
  • 2018-09-29 Rapper Kanye West announces on Twitter he is changing his name to Ye
  • 2020-07-22 Kim Kardashian asks for understanding of her husband Kanye West's struggles with his bipolar disorder on Instagram
  • 2021-04-26 Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototype trainers sell for a record $1.8 million in a private sale at Sotheby's

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