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Kanye West
Kanye West at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
West at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born
Kanye Omari West

June 8, 1977 (1977-06-08) (age 42)
Residence Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Hidden Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • fashion designer
  • entrepreneur
Years active 1996–present
Home town Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Kim Kardashian (m. 2014)
Children 3
Musical career
Genres Hip hop
Instruments
Vocals
  • sampler
Labels
Associated acts

Kanye Omari West (/ˈkɑːnj/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, film director, entrepreneur and fashion designer from Chicago, Illinois. He rose to fame in the mid 2000s. His first three albums, The College Dropout, Late Registration and Graduation received many awards, critical acclaim, and commercial success. In 2008, he released his fourth album, 808s & Heartbreak. In 2010, he released his fifth, titled My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. In 2013, he released his sixth album, Yeezus. Yeezus got good reviews from music critics. In 2016, he released his seventh album, The Life of Pablo. West also runs his own record label called GOOD Music.

Early life

West was born to middle-class African-American parents in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved with his mother to Chicago when he was three years old. He started writing poetry at the age of five. Kanye moved with his mother to Nanjing, China when he was 10. In 1997 West started taking painting classes at Chicago's American Academy of Art. After a short time he changed to Chicago State University to major in English. When he was 20 he left college to focus on music.

Personal life

West married Kim Kardashian in 2014. They have a daughter, North "Nori" West, who was born on June 15, 2013. They also have a son, Saint West, who was born on December 5, 2015. Their third child, daughter Chicago West, was born on January 15, 2018.

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