Kanye West Biography and Relationship
Kanye West is a 40-year-old American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. Full name Kanye Omar West was born in a middle-class family in Chicago city. Dropped out of college at the age of 20, the rapper decided to pursue his dream career in the music industry and was deeply supported by his mother. The rapper has been in around 17 relationships including real and rumored ones.
According to sources, Kanye’s first ever girlfriend’s name was Sumeke Rainey. Sumeke was with Kanye in the time when he was a nobody. It is said that they started dating in the KFC in Chicago. Also, according to more sources, Kanye had promised Sumeke’s father on his deathbed to marry her. They started dating in and continued their relationship for 6 long years. Finally, in 2002, they split up for good.
In 2002, Kanye started dating Alexis Phifer who was an American Fashion Designer. Alexis was Kanye’s first girlfriend after he hit the limelight. Their relation went on and off for years. They dated for 6 years and separated in 2005. After his break up he started dating an American model Brooke Crittenden for about 8 months before again reuniting with Alexis. Finally this time Kanye proposed to her in August 2006. They got engaged but unfortunately, they called it off after 1 year and 5 months of the engagement. According to fans, his album “808s & Heartbreak” was inspired by his break up with Alexis.
In 2007, there were some rumors of Kanye dating Andrienne Bailon, an American actress but the rumors were proved wrong in time. Kanye was also rumored to date Sessilee Lopez, an American Model, in 2008. The next girl in Kanye’s love life is Amber Rose, a former stripper in Philadelphia. Actual Amber was a non-celebrity. At the time Amber was 24 years old while Kanye was 30 years old. The pair dated from June 2008 to June 2010. According to Kanye, he was very much engrossed in his album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” so he figured to end things with Amber as it made more sense. Their break up gave Kanye’s fans songs such as “Blame Game” and “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” album.
Lastly, Kanye’s next relationship and current wife is Kim Kardashian. The first time Kanye met Kim in 2004. During the time Kim was already married To Damon Thomas, a music producer. They were friends for a long time with each other but didn’t date. According to an interview with Kanye, he was a little taken away when he saw a picture of Kim with Paris Hilton who was his then-close friend. West admitted his feelings for Kim when he was invited as a guest in Kim’s mother show daytime talk show Kris. On March 6, 2012 Kim was seen sitting in the front row of Kanye’s show in Paris Fashion Week and rumors spread of them being together. A month later they were seen holding each other’s hands in New York City and were spotted in several dates and dinners.
At the end of 2012, in December Kanye announced that his girlfriend Kim is pregnant with his child. On June 15th, 2013 Kim gave birth to a baby girl and named her North West. Finally, on October 21st, 2013 Kanye proposed to Kim in AT&T Park with a diamond ring worth 15K. And of course, she said yes though Kanye was not actually sure that she would accept his proposal. On May 24th 2014, Kim and Kanye got married at a 16th-century-era fortress in Florence. On December 5, 2015 Kim gave birth to a baby boy and was named Saint West. As Kim was not able to carry a baby, they had to hire a surrogate for their third child. On January 2018, Kardashian revealed she and West had named their newborn girl Chicago West.
Kanye West Career
At the age of 20, Kanye decided to drop out of college and pursue his dream in the music industry. Before dropping out, while he was in college in 1998, Kanye got his first big break when he sold his first beat for $8,000 to Gravity, a local Chicago rapper. Later he sold another beat in $5,000 to Jermaine Dupri for his debut album known as “Life in 1472”. He left Chicago and relocated himself to New York City where he made his production for Roc-A-Fella Records.
His first work was with Jay-Z in his album “Blueprint” in 2001. Along with the popularity of the album, his production started rising up. The hit gave West irreversible recognition in the music industry which has a huge credit for making Kanye the icon he is now. As skillful as West was, he still struggled to release his own record because of his middle-class background.
In 2004, Kanye released his debut album “The College Dropout” which was a huge ht. The record sold 441,000 copied in the first week of the release. The album raised to the no. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Later in the Grammy Awards 2005, Kanye was awarded as the best rap album of the year and best rhythm-and-blues song. In the same year, West released another album known as “Late Registration” which made controversies as Kanye said that Then-president George Bush didn’t care about black people. The album then became Kanye first no.1 album with 860,000 copies sold in the first week of release. The album got him 3 Grammy awards and was named one of the 100 most Influential People in that time.
In 2007, during the time of the release of Kanye’s third album “Graduation”, there was a huge competition as 50 Cent was also going to release his album “Curtis” on the same day. After the release “Graduation” smashed “Curtis” and took the top place on the Billboard 200. The album had 957,000 copies sold. The same year, West’s mother Donda West passed away due to heart-attack during her cosmetic surgery.
Undertaking the loss of his mother and his break up with his fiancée, Kanye released his fourth album “808s & Heartbreak”. West continued his work as a producer and worked with high profile artists such as Nas, Mariah Carey, and Beyoncé. In the 2009 MTV VMAs, Kanye went up to the stage while Taylor Swift was accepting her award for best female video and ruined it. He declared that Beyoncé was more deserving of the award and had the best video of all time. After the event, there were series of apologies by Kanye to Taylor Swift and her fans.
In 2010, Kanye released another album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” which got the no.1 spot in the Billboards 200. Kanye was yet again awarded the Best Rap Album at the 54th Grammy Award. At the ending of the year, West joined Jay Z for an album featuring Watch the Throne. The album was later released in 2011 and earned 290,000 downloads in iTunes. From the time Kanye has released albums such as “Yeezus”, “FourFiveSeconds” and “The Life of Pablo”. Currently, he has released “Yeezy 350 V2” and now is in Oklahoma creating more new music.
Kanye West Net Worth
Despite his wife’s confirmation of his reaching near-billionaire status, Kanye West’s current net worth is reported to be $250 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. But at $220 per pair of Yeezy 350s, West would need to do just 12 shoe releases of 400,000 pairs over the course of a year to hit $1 billion in sales, according to GQ.
His net worth is certainly a lot, but it’s less than half the family fortune. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, has a net worth of $350 million, bringing the couple’s grand total to $600 million.