“My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.” – Kanye West
Kanye West’s full name is Kanye Omari West. He is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur.
- Born Kanye Omari West on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Residence Hidden Hills, California, U.S.
- Occupation: Rapper singer songwriter record producer designer
- Years active 1996–present
- Home town Chicago, Illinois
- Spouse(s) Kim Kardashian (m. 2014)
- Children 2
- Website kanyewest.com
- Genres: Hip hop
- Instruments: Vocals keyboards sampler percussion synthesizer piano
- Labels: GOOD Roc-A-Fella Def Jam
- Associated acts: Big Sean Drake Jon Brion Child Rebel Soldier Common Consequence Mike Dean Jay Z Talib Kweli Kid Cudi Wu-Tang Clan Kendrick Lamar Tyler, The Creator John Legend Mos Def 2 Chainz No I.D. Pusha T The-Dream Tony Williams
- His father Ray West was a black panther in the 60s and 70s and he later became one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and later became a Christian counselor. His mother Donda was English professor at Clark Atlanta University. He later moved to Chicago at the age of three when his parents divorced.
- In October 2002, West survived a nearly fatal car crash which left him with a shattered jaw that was saved through reconstruction surgery. The accident and his recovery prompted him to write write ‘Through The Wire’.
- Kanye spent fifth grade in China while his mother taught at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program.
- Kanye West ‘Does’ in fact, like fishsticks.
- The name Kanye means “the only one” in Swahilli.
- Kanye and Swift’s feud seems like publicity to stay high in the music game or it just may be an old hook up – gone sour.
“George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” – Kanye West