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									Kanye West - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[Collapse] Wikipedia: Making Life Easier. $3,372,044 Our Goal: $6 million Donate Now » [Expand] Support Wikipedia: a non-profit project Donate Now » [Expand] Support Wikipedia: a non-profit project — Donate Now Kanye West From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search "Kanye" redirects here. For other uses, see Kanye (disambiguation). Kanye West Background information Birth nameKanye Omari West BornJune 8, 1977 (1977-06-08) (age 31) Atlanta, Georgia, United States OriginChicago, Illinois, United States Occupation(s)Producer, rapper, singer, poet, songwriter, philanthropist Instrument(s)Vocals, AutoTune, percussion, keyboards & synthesizer Years active2000 – present Label(s)GOOD Music, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam Associated actsChild Rebel Soldier, Jay-Z, Common, Talib Kweli, Consequence, John Legend, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell, GLC Websitekanyeuniversecity.com Kanye Omari West (pronounced /ˈk ɑnjɛj/; born June 8, 1977)[1] is a tentime Grammy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and singer. He released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, and his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008. His first three albums have received numerous awards,[2][3][4] critical acclaim,[5] and commercial success. West also runs his own record label GOOD Music.[6] West's mascot and trademark is "Dropout Bear," a teddy bear which has appeared on the covers of three of his four albums as well as various single covers and music videos.[7] West's parents divorced when he was three years old, and he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. He enrolled at Chicago State University but later dropped out to continue pursuing his music career. He later gained fame by producing hit singles for musical artists including Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Janet Jackson. West's style of production often utilizes pitched-up vocal samples, usually from soul songs, with his own drums and instruments. Some controversy has also

surrounded West, such as an incident during a live telecast of a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina relief, when he deviated from the script and told the audience, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." About.com ranked Kanye West #8 on their "Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers" list.[8] On May 16, 2008, Kanye West was crowned by MTV as the year's #1 "Hottest MC In The Game."[9] Contents [hide] 1 Life and career 1.1 The Blueprint (2001) 1.2 The College Dropout (2002–2004) 1.3 Late Registration (2005) 1.4 Awards and controversy (2006) 1.5 Graduation (2007) 1.6 Glow in the Dark Tour and 808s & Heartbreak (2008–present) 2 Musical style and influence 3 Political views 3.1 Hurricane Katrina fundraiser controversy 4 Business ventures 5 Philanthropy 6 Mother's death 7 Arrests 8 Discography 9 Awards 10 References 11 External links Life and career Kanye West was born in Atlanta, Georgia,[10] where he lived with both of his parents. When he was three years old, his parents divorced, and he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois.[11] His father was Ray West, a former Black Panther who was one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and is now a Christian counselor.[11] West's late mother, Dr. Donda West, was a Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University before retiring to serve as West's manager. He was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School[12] in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois after living in Chicago.[13] West took some art classes at the American Academy of Art, a Chicago art school, and also enrolled at Chicago State University, but dropped out due to poor grades and a primary interest in working on his music career.[14] While

attending school, West produced for local artists. He later gained fame by producing hit singles for major hip hop/R&B artists, including Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Cam'ron, Paul Wall, Common, Mobb Deep, Jermaine Dupri, Scarface, The Game, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, John Legend among others. He also "ghost-produced" for his mentor Deric Angelettie, according to his song "Last Call" and the credits of Nas' "Poppa Was a Playa."[14] The Blueprint (2001) West’s sound was featured heavily on Jay-Z's critically acclaimed album The Blueprint, released on September 11, 2001.[15] His work was featured on the lead single "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)" and a diss track against Nas and Mobb Deep named "Takeover"; West has worked with Mobb Deep and Nas since the track's release.[15] West soon became a major name in hip hop production following the release of the album, but struggled to find a way to get a record deal. Jay-Z admitted that Roc-A-Fella was initially reluctant to support West as a rapper, claiming that he saw him as a producer first and foremost.[16] Multiple record companies pushed him aside because he was not the stereotypical hip hop artist.[17] Companies felt he was not as marketable as rappers who portray the "street image" prominent in hip hop culture.[18] The College Dropout (2002–2004) On October 23, 2002, West was involved in a near fatal car crash while driving home from the recording studio. The crash provided inspiration for West's first single, "Through the Wire".[19] West's faith is apparent in many of his songs, such as "Jesus Walks", which became a staple at his benefit performances, such as the Live 8 concert. These songs were featured on West's debut album, The College Dropout, which was released on Roc-A-Fella Records in February 2004, and went on to receive critical acclaim. The album also defined the style for which West would become known, including wordplay and sampling.[19] The album was eventually certified triple platinum. Guest appearances included Jay-Z, Ludacris, GLC, Consequence, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common, and Syleena Johnson. The album also featured the singles, "All Falls Down" and "The New Workout

Plan", as well as Twista's number one single, "Slow Jamz."[20] During 2003 Kanye also co-produced songs for British singer Javine Hylton, even appearing in the music video to Real Things playing the love interest of Javine. West was involved in a financial dispute over Royce Da 5'9"'s song "Heartbeat", produced by West and released on Build & Destroy: The Lost Sessions. West maintains that Royce never paid for the beat, but recorded to it and released it; hearing him on the beat, the original customers decided not to buy it from West. After the disagreement, West vowed to never work with Royce again.[21] Other Kanye West-produced hit singles during the period The College Dropout was released included "I Changed My Mind" by Keyshia Cole, "Overnight Celebrity" by Twista and "Talk About Our Love" by Brandy.[19] Late Registration (2005) On August 30, 2005, West released his second album Late Registration. Reviews were mostly favorable, with Rolling Stone commenting that "Late Registration is an undeniable triumph,"[22] and with Spin mentioning it is "As ornate and bloated as West's ego."[23] With the help of producer samples in different ways along with compositions of strings and other sounds, the record earned the number one spot on the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics' poll of 2005.[24] The first two singles from Late Registration were "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" (which features vocals from Shirley Bassey's "Diamonds Are Forever") and "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx, (which contains an interpolation of Ray Charles's "I Got a Woman"). The album sold over 860,000 copies in its first week,[25] and earned eight Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for the song "Gold Digger".[26] The album also included "My Way Home", a track that sampled Gil Scott-Heron's mournful "Home Is Where The Hatred Is". The album is certified triple platinum.[27] Guest appearances include Lupe Fiasco, Jamie Foxx, Adam Levine, Paul Wall, GLC, Cam'ron, Common, Brandy, Nas, Jay-Z, Consequence, The Game, and Really Doe.[28] In September 2005, West announced that he would release his Pastelle Clothing line in spring 2006:[29] "Now that I have a Grammy under my belt and Late

Registration is finished, I am ready to launch my clothing line next spring." The current status of this project is unknown. In that year, West produced the hit singles "Go" by Common and "Dreams" by The Game.[30] Awards and controversy (2006) In January 2006, West again sparked controversy when he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in the image of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns.[31] In 2006 he told Playboy, "I throw up historical subjects in a way that makes kids want to learn about them," West claimed, "[I'm] definitely in the history books already."[32] After the 2006 Grammy nominations were released, West said he would "really have a problem" if he didn't win the Album of the Year because of the comments, saying "I don't care what I do, I don't care how much I stunt — you can never take away from the amount of work I put into it. I don't want to hear all of that politically correct stuff."[33] West won several Grammy awards, including Best Rap Album, but did not win the Album of the Year Award.[34] The award instead went to U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Coincidentally, in November 2006, West was the opening act for U2 during the fifth leg of their Vertigo Tour in Australia and New Zealand.[34] West at the Nokia Theatre, New York City in August 2006.On August 5, 2006, West headlined the second day of the Lollapalooza music festival in his hometown of Chicago. Later that month, People magazine reported that West became engaged to his girlfriend Alexis while spending two weeks overseas with her.[35] On November 2, 2006, when "Touch the Sky" failed to win Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards, West went onto the stage as the award was being presented to Justice and Simian for "We Are Your Friends" and argued that he should have won the award instead.[36][37] Hundreds of news outlets worldwide criticized the outburst. On November 7, 2006, West apologized for this outburst publicly during his performance as support act for U2 for their Vertigo concert in Brisbane, Australia.[38] He also later spoofed the incident in a Saturday Night Live sketch in which West disrupts several awards ceremonies, including the Nobel

Prize, in similar fashion. In December 2006, Robert "Evel" Knievel sued West for trademark infringement in West's video for "Touch the Sky." Knievel took issue with a "sexuallycharged video" in which West takes on the persona of "Evel Kanyevel" and attempts flying a rocket over a canyon. The suit filed in federal court claims infringement on his trademarked name and likeness. Knievel also claims the "vulgar and offensive" images depicted in the video damage his reputation. The suit seeks damages and to stop distribution of the video.[39] Knievel died in 2007. Graduation (2007) Billy Dec with WestIn 2007, it was announced that West would be starring in a series directed by Larry Charles. He has been working on the pilot episode for the past two years with Larry Charles and Rick Rubin. He also had this to say on January 14: "I wouldn't do something as cliché as a reality show. At least give me the credit for being more creative than that. It's a situational halfhour comedy. It's fictional, and loosely based on my life."[40] West collaborated with Japanese hip hop group Teriyaki Boyz to produce the single "I Still Love H.E.R.," a reference to Common's 1994 single "I Used to Love H.E.R.". It is rumored that West's introductory lines preceding his verse are a thinlyveiled jab at producer/rapper Danny!, who was mercilessly compared to West in the beginning of his career. Further to this, during a radio appearance in early 2007, West, like many of his peers, recorded an impromptu freestyle to the popular song "Throw Some D's." West's version became extremely popular because of the different stance he took. The song that to all other rappers was about automobile rims, was used by West to comically refer to D-cup breasts. Because of the unexpected success of the song, West went on to make a video for the freestyle, in which he is seen playing his 'Old Ass Cousin'.[41] West was also featured in a new song called "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)". It was believed to be a single for, Graduation, because he is featured on the track, but Nike quickly explained that it was for the Nike Air Force 1's

anniversary. It was meant only to be an exclusive track for the company.[42] On March 25, 2007, he and his father Ray West supported World Water Day by having a "Walk for Water" rally.[43] After a two-year break, West has returned to being a fashion columnist in lifestyle magazine Complex.[44] On July 7, 2007 West performed with The Police and John Mayer at the American leg of Live Earth.[45] West hosted the August 17 edition of British comedy-variety show The Friday Night Project.[46] In May 2007, West split from long-time model girlfriend Alexis Rainey.[47] In July 2007, West changed the release date of Graduation, his third album, from September 18, 2007, to the same release date as 50 Cent's album Curtis, September 11, 2007.[48] 50 Cent later claimed that if Graduation were to sell more records than Curtis, he would stop releasing solo albums.[49] However, 50 Cent would later dispel his comments.[50] The album has been certified double platinum. Guest appearances included T-Pain, Mos Def, & Lil Wayne.[51] ―When I heard that thing about the debate, I thought that was the stupidest thing. When my albums drops and 50's album drops, you're gonna get a lot of good music at the same time.[52]‖ On August 26, 2007, West appeared as himself on the HBO television show Entourage which he used as a platform to premier his new single "Good Life" during the end credits. In September 2007, West suggested that his race had to do with his being overlooked for opening the MTV Video Music Awards in favor of Britney Spears; he claimed, "Maybe my skin’s not right."[53] On September 9, 2007, West performed at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. On that night, he lost all 5 awards that he was nominated for, including Best Male Artist and Video of the Year. After the show, he was visibly upset that he had lost at the VMA's 2 years in a row, stating that he would not come back to MTV ever again. He also appeared on several radio stations saying that when he made the song "Stronger" that it was his dream to open the VMA's with it. He has also stated that Britney Spears hasn't had a hit in a long period of time and that MTV exploited her for ratings.[54] Following the MTV stint, West was nominated in 8 Grammy Award categories for the

50th annual Grammy Awards.[55] He won four of them,[4] including Best Rap Album for Graduation and Best Rap Solo Performance for "Stronger" from Graduation. During the four-hour televised Grammy Awards ceremony, West also performed two songs: "Stronger" (with Daft Punk) and "Hey Mama" (in honor of his recently deceased mother).[56] Glow in the Dark Tour and 808s & Heartbreak (2008–present) Kanye West and designer Alexis Phifer ended their 18-month engagement in 2008. The couple had been dating on and off since 2002, with Kanye eventually proposing in August 2006. According to a friend, the couple's relationship had been straining, significantly influenced by the sheer amount of time and attention West was dedicating to his current concert tour. "Its always sad when things like this end, and we remain friends," Phifer told People.[57] On April 16, Kanye kicked off the Glow In The Dark Tour in Seattle at the Key Arena. The tour was originally scheduled to end in June in Cincinnati but has been extended into August. Over the course of the tour Kanye will be joined by a varying group of opening acts including Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna, N.E.R.D., DJ Craze, and Gnarls Barkley. On September 7, West debuted a new song "Love Lockdown" at the MTV Video Music Awards. "Love Lockdown", which features no rapping and only singing using an auto-tune device, will appear on Kanye's upcoming fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak. The new album was expected to be released on December 16, but West announced on his blog on September 24, 2008, that he had finished the album and would be releasing it sometime in November, earlier than previously scheduled. In early October, West made a surprise appearance at a T.I. concert in Los Angeles, where he stated that 808s & Heartbreak will be released on November 25th, and that the second single is "Heartless". The album was another number one album for Kanye, even though the first week numbers fell well short of Graduation with 450,145 sold.[58] On November 23, West performed at the American Music Awards ceremony along with Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, and others.[59] That same night

he won two AMA awards, including Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for Graduation and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist. Musical style and influence Kanye West's style of production often utilizes pitched-up vocal samples, usually from soul songs, with his own drums and instruments.[15] The first major label song he produced was The Truth by Beanie Sigel, and his first major release featuring his trademark vocal sampling style was "This Can't Be Life", a track from Jay-Z’s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. West said he sped up the drum beat of Dr. Dre's "Xxplosive" to use as a replacement for his drums on "This Can't Be Life".[18] West has said that Wu-Tang Clan producer RZA influenced him in his style,[13][60] and has said on numerous occasions that Wu-Tang rappers Ghostface Killah and Ol' Dirty Bastard were some of his all-time favorites. Said by Kanye West: ―Wu-Tang? Me and my friends talk about this all the time... We think Wu-Tang had one of the biggest impacts as far as a movement. From slang to style of dress, skits, the samples. Similar to the [production] style I use, RZA has been doing that.[61]‖ Following the critical and commercial success of his debut The College Dropout, West went on to experiment with his production style for subsequent albums. Late Registration — during which he collaborated with film composer Jon Brion — saw West take on a more "cinematic" approach to hip-hop sound, incorporating his signature sampling style with horn riffs, piano loops, string arrangements, and various other orchestra to produce rich, multi-layered instrumentation. His style evolved even further during the conception of Graduation, for which made heavy use of synth-based beats and futuristic sound effects while distancing himself from soul samples, opting for a more eclectic variety of interpolations lifted from artists ranging from Elton John and Michael Jackson to Daft Punk and Public Enemy. Alongside his pursuit as a producer and later a rapper, West has additionally displayed an escalating interest in singing over the course of his career. The

first signs could be found within The College Dropout, which retained "Spaceship", a track that expressed a chorus delivered by West in a melodic, half-rapped, half-sung style — a manner not too different from and occasionally used by his favorite rappers Ghostface and ODB. In mid-2008, while guest starring on multiple other artists' singles, West first began singing verses both with the auto-tune effect on Young Jeezy's "Put On" and without on Fonzworth Bentley's "Everybody". It eventually culminated with the release of the lead single, "Love Lockdown", from Kanye's fourth album 808s & Heartbreak. The song stands as the first solo single by West to feature virtually no rapping whatsoever, instead sang entirely using the auto-tune effect. Political views In the song "Crack Music," West rapped, "How [did] we stop the Black Panthers?/Ronald Reagan cooked up an answer," a reference to the conspiracy that the Reagan administration intentionally placed crack cocaine in the ghettos of the United States.[62] In the song "Roses," West rapped about his grandmother's struggle against AIDS and expressed his outrage at the limited availability of treatment: "If Magic Johnson got a cure for AIDS / And all the broke mothafuckas passed away / You telling me if my grandma was in the NBA / Right now she would be okay?." This is also a reference to Johnson's highly publicized battle with HIV. Demonstrating his views against George W. Bush, in a 2006 live orchestral performance of "All Falls Down", West replaced "the White man gets paid off of all of that" with "George Bush gets paid off of all of that."[63] On August 22, 2005, the MTV special All Eyes On Kanye West aired, in which West spoke out against homophobia in hip-hop. He claimed that hip-hop has always been about "speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people."[62] He then reflected on a personal experience. He said that he had a "turning point" when he realized one of his cousins was gay. He said regarding this experience: "This is my cousin. I love him and I've been discriminating against gays." He drew comparison between African Americans' struggle for civil rights and today's gay rights movement.

The following year, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, West further expounded his experiences with and views on the relationship between the black and gay communities: ―... Well, my level of consciousness has since raised. And I actually think that standing up for gays was even more crazy than badmouthing the president. In the black community, someone could label you gay and bring your career down. But that was me showing what black people are really about today, or at least what we need to be about.[64]‖ Kanye West performed at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August 2008, along with Wyclef Jean and N.E.R.D. in support of Barack Obama. Hurricane Katrina fundraiser controversy On September 2, 2005, during a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina relief on NBC, A Concert for Hurricane Relief, West was a featured speaker. Controversy arose when West was presenting, as he deviated from the prepared script. ―I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it [the media] says, 'they're looting'. You see a white family, it says, 'they're looking for food'. And, you know, it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the TV, because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right now to see what's, what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was, if I was down there, and those are, those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help — with the set up, the way America is set up to help, the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, this is, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way — and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us.[65]‖

The actor Mike Myers, with whom West was paired to present, spoke next and continued to read the script. Once it was West's turn to speak again, he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people." At this point, telethon producer Rick Kaplan cut off the microphone and then cut away to Chris Tucker, who was unaware of the cut for a few seconds. Still, West's comment reached much of the United States.[66] Business ventures In August 2008, Kanye West revealed plans to open 10 Fatburger restaurants in the Chicago area, with the first coming in September 2008 in Orland Park. The second will follow in January 2009, while a third location is yet to be revealed, although they are in the process of finalizing the lease. His company, KW Foods LLC, has bought the rights to the chain in Chicago.[67] Kanye is planning to release his own clothing line called Past Tell in late 2008 or 2009. Philanthropy Kanye West has started the "Kanye West Foundation" in Chicago, IL in 2003. In 2007, Kanye West was recognized by AAE as the fifth best Black Celebrity Philanthropists of 2007. On August 24 2007 Kanye hosted the inaugural benefit concert for his foundation that launched the foundations partnership with Strong American Schools. The foundation has also been called the Donda West Foundation at times. Focused on helping Latino and African American children stay in school and to get a proper education through grade school, high school, and college. The foundation also focuses on children who need help to stay in high school by finding a path through music. Kanye has contributed over 500,000 dollars to his foundation. Kanye West has appeared and participated in many fundraisers, benefit concerts, and community work that include the Hurricane Katrina Fundraiser, Kanye West Foundation, Millions More Movement, 100 Black Men of America, Live Earth concert benefit, World Water Day rally and march, Nike runs, and a MTV special that shows firsthand Kanye West helping give young Iraq War veterans that struggle through debt and PTSD a second chance after returning home.[68] Mother's death On Saturday, November 10, 2007, West's mother, Donda West, died due to

complications from cosmetic surgery involving a tummy tuck and breast reduction procedure.[69] TMZ reported that Beverly Hills physician Andre Aboolian had advised Donda West not to have surgery because she had higher risk due to a health condition that could lead to a heart attack.[69] Aboolian referred her to another internist.[69] Donda never met with the doctor recommended by Aboolian and had the procedures performed by a third doctor, Jan Adams.[69] Dr. Jan Adams sent condolences to Donda West's family but declined to publicly discuss the procedure because of confidentiality.[70] He had been under scrutiny by the medical board.[71][72][73] Dr. Adams appeared on Larry King Live on November 20, 2007 but left before speaking. Two days later, he appeared again, with his attorney, stating he was there to "defend himself." He stated the recently released autopsy results "spoke for themselves."[74] The final coroner's report January 10, 2008 said Donda West died of "coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors due to or as a consequence of liposuction and mammoplasty."[75] The funeral and burial for West's mother, Donda West, was held in Oklahoma City on November 20, 2007.[76] West held his first concert following the funeral at The O2 in London on November 22. He dedicated a performance of "Hey Mama", as well as a cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing", to his mother, and has done so on all other dates of his Glow in the Dark tour.[77] At a December 2008 press conference in New Zealand, Kanye broke his silence on his Mother's death for the first time. "It was like losing an arm and a leg and trying to walk through that," he told reporters. [78] Arrests On September 11, 2008, West and his road manager/bodyguard Don Crowley were arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and booked on charges of felony vandalism after an altercation with the paparazzi.[79] West and Crowley grabbed the men's cameras and broke them. The equipment was reportedly valued at more than $10,000,[80] but according to TMZ, West had actually damaged only $100 worth of equipment.[81] California law states that, "only someone who criminally damages property worth more than $400 can be prosecuted for felony

vandalism,"[82] meaning that charges against West could be lowered to a misdemeanor from his encounter with the paparazzi at the airport. West and Crowley were released from the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division station in Culver City on $20,000 bail bond. On September 26, 2008 the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said it would not file felony counts against West over the incident. Instead the case file has been forwarded to the city attorney's office, which could bring lesser misdemeanor charges against the musician.[83] West was arrested again on November 14, 2008 at a hotel near Gateshead after another scuffle involving a photographer outside a nightclub in Newcastle, England. He was later released "with no further action", according to a police spokesperson.[84] Discography Main articles: Kanye West discography and Kanye West production discography The College Dropout (2004) Late Registration (2005) Graduation (2007) 808s & Heartbreak (2008) Awards Main article: List of Kanye West awards References ^ "Kanye facts!". Channel 4 (2007-08-17). Retrieved on 2008-04-26. ^ "2005 Grammy Award Winners". CBS News. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "List of Grammy winners". CNN. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ a b "50th Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". Grammy Awards. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Kanye West". Metacritic. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "GOOD Music". GOOD Music. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "From Beyonce to Bono to Bruce, Busy B's Held Sway in Pop". The Washington Post. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ Henry Adaso; Ivan Rott, Renato P., Bhaskar S., Henry A.. "Top 50 HipHop Producers" pp. 8. About.com. ^ 'Hottest MCs In The Game': #1 Kanye West ^ "Kanye West Coming To Redbird.". Pantagraph (2006-03-08). Retrieved on 2008-04-26. ^ a b Christian, Margena A. (2007-05-14). "Dr. Donda West tells how she shaped son to be a leader in 'Raising Kanye'". Jet. Retrieved on 2007-08-19. ^ "The Many Faces of Kanye West". Ebony. Retrieved on 2007-07-19. ^ a b "Why You Can't Ignore Kanye". Time. Retrieved on 2007-06-07.

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^ "Evel Knievel Sues Kanye West". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved on 200706-07. ^ "Update On Kanye's TV Show". kanYe Talk. Retrieved on 2007-06-07. ^ "Kanye West Loves Rolling Stone. Sort of.". Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Nas, KRS-1, Kanye & Rakim Lend Verses In Honor Of Nike Air Force 1". Sound Slam. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Kanye and Ray West Walk For Water". kanYe Talk. Retrieved on 200706-07. ^ "Kanye West - Fashion Columnist". kanYe Talk. Retrieved on 2007-0607. ^ "Police, Pumpkins, PSAs: Live Earth New York, Onstage and Backstage". Rolling Stone (2007-07-08). Retrieved on 2008-04-26. ^ "LISTINGS INFORMATION : WEEK 33". Channel 4. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Kanye West Calls Off Engagement With Alexis Rainey". Hip-Hop Crunch. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Kanye Competes With 50, Album Pushed Back To September 11". Def Sounds. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "50 Cent: Outsell Kanye Or Stop Trying". Def Sounds. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "50 Cent Explains Last Week's Blowup, Says 'I Will Be #1 On September 11'". MTV News. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Kanye West Massacres 50 Cent In Sales Race!!!!". Hip Hop DX. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Kanye West Declines Debate With 50 Cent, Calls It 'Stupid'". Baller Status. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Kanye West Jealous Of Britney Opening The VMAs". Britney Spy. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Kanye West Loses It Again, Says He'll 'Never Return To MTV': Report". MTV News. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Leading Nominees Kanye West and Amy Winehouse Added as Performers for 50th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards". Forbes. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Amy Winehouse Wins Big at Grammy Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "West and Phifer Already Husband and Wife?". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ HipHopDX.com - Hip Hop Album Sales. HipHopDX.com. Accessed December 3, 2008. ^ Alicia Keys, Kanye West to Rock AMA Stage" TV Guide. October 20, 2008. Retrieved on October 24, 2008. ^ "Black History - Biographies - Kanye West". Thomson Gale. Retrieved on

2006-08-07. ^ "Kanye, Run-DMC, Outkast, Justin Sound Off On Our Top 10 Hip-Hop Groups". MTV. Retrieved on 2007-06-07. ^ a b "Column: More than just a rapper". GW Hatchet. Retrieved on 200804-24. ^ "Kanye West: ego of a genius". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Kanye West". Entertainment Weekly. October 2007. ^ "Bush Doesnt Care About Black People". YouTube. Retrieved on 2008-0424. ^ Byrne, Bridget (2005-10-04). "NBC KO's Kanye's Bush Bashing". E! News. E! Online. Retrieved on 2008-01-12. ^ Kanye West To Open Chain Of Fatburger Restaurants In Chicago BallerStatus.com. ^ In 'Homecoming' MTV Focuses On Iraq Veterans ^ a b c d "Fire Dept. Called to Donda West's Home". TMZ. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Donda West's Doctor Expresses 'Condolences'". People. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Donda West's surgeon faced malpractice suits, records show". CNN. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Focus of Kanye West Mom's Death Shifts to Doctor". People. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "CELEBTV.COM DOCUMENT: WEST DOC’S MEDICAL LICENSE QUESTIONED". Celeb TV. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Amy Winehouse's Alleged Crack Video Under Investigation; Plus Pink, Paris Hilton, 'American Idol' & More, In For The Record". MTV. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Donda West, Kanye's Mother, Died Of Heart Attack: Coroner's Report". MTV News. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "Kanye West's tearful goodbye at mother's funeral". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ "VIDEO: Kanye West Dedicates Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" to His Mom". Us Weekly. Retrieved on 2008-04-24. ^ HipHopDX.com - Kanye West Speaks Candidly About Mother, Religion, Rap. HipHopDX.com. Accessed December 2, 2008. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/11/kanye.west.arrested.ap/index. html ^ "Police arrest Kanye West at LA airport", Associated Press (September 11, 2008). Retrieved on 11 September 2008.

^ "Kanye Attack Caught on Tape" (September 11, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-09-18.TMZ.com ^ "SENATE COMMITTEE ON Public Safety" (May 19, 2003). Retrieved on 15 September 2008. ^ "Kanye West won't face felony counts over airport scuffle", Yahoo (September 26, 2008). Retrieved on 27 September 2008. ^ "Kanye West Arrested After Alleged Tussle With Photographer, Then Cleared" (November 14, 2008). Retrieved on November 14, 2008. External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Kanye West Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Kanye West KanyeWest.com Kanye West's Blog "Kanye Live!" Kanye West Website Kanye West at Rocafella Records Kanye West at People.com Allmusic.com artist page Kanye West discography at MusicBrainz Kanye West at the Internet Movie Database [hide]v • d • eKanye West AlbumsThe College Dropout · Late Registration · Graduation · 808s & Heartbreak Singles"Through the Wire" · "All Falls Down" · "Jesus Walks" · "The New Workout Plan" · "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" · "Gold Digger" · "Heard 'Em Say" · "Touch the Sky" · "Drive Slow" · "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)" · "Can't Tell Me Nothing" · "Stronger" · "Good Life" · "Flashing Lights" · "Homecoming" · "Love Lockdown" · "Heartless" Featured singles"Slow Jamz" · "This Way" · "Down & Out" · "Talk About Our Love" · "The Food" · "Selfish" · "I Changed My Mind" · "The Corner" · "Go!" · "Number One" · "Extravaganza" · "Grammy Family" · "Number One" · "Wouldn't Get Far" · "I Still Love H.E.R." · "Pro Nails" · "Finer Things" · "American Boy" · "Put On" · "Everybody" · "Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)" (Remix) · "Stay Up! (Viagra)" · "Swagga Like Us" · "Go Hard" · "What It Is" Other songs"Champion" · "Good Morning"

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