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KANYE WEST LIFE BIOGRAPHY:   Born Kanye Omari West on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to his father, Ray West, and mother Dr Donda West. Kanye's father Ray West was working as an award-winning photojournalist when Kanye was born, and currently works as a pastoral marriage counselor. Dr. Donda West, his mother, worked as the Chair of English Department at Chicago State University before retiring to serve as Kanye's manager. Kanye recently showed his appreciation for his mother in the song 'Hey Mamma', on his album Late Registration. After attending The International Academy of Art and Design and Technology, a local art school in Chicago, Kanye then attended Chicago State University. West dropped out of CSU and began working on his music career. He would bust in the the street doing hip hop, breakdancing and karate demos for tips. Even while attending school, West produced for local acts. He gained some fame by producing hit singles for major hip-hop/R&B; artists, including Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Talib Kweli, Dilated Peoples, Ludacris and John Legend. West himself worked on his first solo album for a long period of time, having the release pushed back on multiple occasions.

   Kanye became a major name in hip-hop production following the release of Jay-Z's critically-acclaimed album The Blueprint, which featured four tracks produced by Kanye, most notably the lead single "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" and the Prodigy and Nas diss "Takeover." Due to his appearance and overall style, West struggled to find a way to get his own voice on record. Jay-Z has admitted that Roc-A-Fella was reluctant to support West as a rapper at first, claiming that he saw him as a producer first and foremost. Multiple record companies put him aside because he was not a former street hustler and did not wear the ordinary hip-hop apparel. He was therefore not marketable the way other rappers were.

   Kanye was involved in a car crash October 23, 2002 when he fell asleep at the wheel while coming home from the studio. The crash left his jaw fractured in three places, and nearly killed him. The crash inspired his first single "Through the Wire." He recorded it two weeks after the crash while his mouth was still wired shut.

   "Through the Wire", which sampled Chaka Khan's classic track "Through the Fire," would eventually become his lead single from Kanye West's College Dropout album, which was released on Roc-a-Fella Records in February 2004. A later single from the album, "Jesus Walks," would become a major success, and later a staple of his benefit performances, such as at the Live 8 concert. The College Dropout received a great deal of critical praise, in spite of some hip-hop fans' claims that Kanye was much more accomplished as a producer than as a rapper.

   On August 30th, 2005, Kanye West released his 2nd album Late Registration. Reviews ranged from glowing ("Late Registration is an undeniable triumph" -Rolling Stone) to mixed ("As ornate and bloated as West's ego". -Spin magazine Sep 2005, p.99). The first two singles were "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" (which contained samples from Shirley Bassey's "Diamonds Are Forever") and "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx. The album went on to sell over 904,000 copies in its first week, and spun off eight Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Gold Digger." West announced that his third and fourth albums will be titled Graduation and A Good Ass Job, respectively.

   West, holder of six Grammys, has collaborated with numerous artists, most notably with rapper Twista on his Kamikaze album on the tracks "Overnight Celebrity" and "Slow Jamz" (also featuring Jamie Foxx) the latter would reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, becoming the first number one hit for all artists involved. West is also featured on Brandy's single, "Talk About Our Love." Others with whom West has collaborated include Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Ludacris, Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey, Miri Ben-Ari (whose violin arrangements featured heavily on The College Dropout), and John Legend (who also features on West's first album, providing background vocals). Kanye West is also credited with revitalizing the careers of such rappers as Common and Twista, as well as more recently producing the critically acclaimed The Game track "Dreams."

   In early 2005, West coined the term "white crunk" to describe the gritty drum sounds of Scottish alternative dance-rock group Franz Ferdinand, whom he claims is among his favorite bands. West and the band met at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards, where they sat down together to share praise and advice. West feels that the white crunk vibe has affected his new work, and is best exemplified on the track "Diamonds from Sierra Leone", from his 2005 album Late Registration. The band itself is also greatly influenced by Kanye and sought advice from him on how to improve production for their 2005 album "You Could Have It So Much Better."

   However Kanye is much more than just a hip-hop artist/producer, he also does his bit for many charity events and uses his new found status to voice his opinions not only racial issues but also on political and humanity issues effecting us all, no matter how controversial or biased some people may feel 'his' issues are. On July 2, 2005, Kanye appeared on the Philadelphia bill of Live 8, using the global platform to refer to "man-made diseases placed in African communities," a reference to the belief that AIDS was introduced to Africa via the CHAT polio vaccine.

   In "Crack Music", he raps, "How [will] we stop the Black Panthers?/Ronald Reagan cooked up an answer." In the second verse, he raps, "Who gave Saddam anthrax?/George Bush got the answer." He has accused American politicians of insensitivity, claiming they "...[ride] home in their Benzes and Bentleys while poor Africans starve."

   On August 22, 2005, the MTV special All Eyes on Kanye West aired, on which Kanye said that the term "gay" is the exact opposite word of "hip-hop" to many. He said that hip hop has always been about "speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people." He then reflected on a personal experience. He said that he had ... "a turning point" when he realized that his cousin was gay. He said, regarding this experience, "Yo, this is my cousin. I love him and I've been discriminating against gays." He further said, "Not just hip-hop but America just discriminates against gay people." He concluded by saying "... And I wanna just come on TV, and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, 'Yo, stop it.'" He also drew comparison between African Americans' struggle for civil rights and today's gay rights movement.

   On September 2, 2005, during a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina relief on NBC, A Concert for Hurricane Relief, Kanye was a featured speaker. When he was presenting, he deviated from the prepared script saying:

     I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it 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 is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, 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!

   Mike Myers was paired with Kanye to present the speach and spoke next and continued as normal by reading the script. Once it was West's turn to speak again, he said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people". Although the camera quickly cut away, Kanye's comments still reached the U.S. East Coast in the live news-feed, they were also broadcast on the west coast three hours later, however the line about President Bush was removed.

   A week later Kanye performed before a Patriots game and was loudly booed for the duration of his performance.

   After the 2006 Grammy nominations were released, Kanye said he would "really have a problem" if he didn't win the Album of the Year award 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."

   In January 2006, Kanye again sparked controversy when he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in the image of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns. Later that month, he suggested in Playboy that he'd be a griot in a modern day Bible claiming "I bring up historical subjects in a way that makes kids want to learn about them." Seeing himself as an inspirational speaker, he claimed he would be "a part of the Bible" citing he is "definitely in the history books already."

   You can watch The Infamous Michael Meyers And Kanye West's Live TV Broadcast Where Kanye Boldy Stated That George Bush Does Not Like/Care About Black People by clicking here

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