Kanye West
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United States
2018

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Kanye
West

Artist

West might be the perfect star for this time of mashups, surprise album drops and social-media brouhahas, inviting the spotlight with his outsize ego and headline-grabbing antics. He broke into hip-hop producing beats for the likes of Jay-Z, before establishing his own rap cred with 2004’s “The College Dropout.” A string of critical and commercial hits followed, including 2010’s epic “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” and he’s notched seven certified platinum albums and 21 Grammys. A shape-shifting artist, West has earned a rep as a daring, if controversial, rapper while extending his cultural footprint through his wildly popular Adidas line, Yeezy. And the spotlight has only glared brighter since his 2014 marriage to mega-brand Kim Kardashian.

Career

  • Yeezy
  • The College Dropout
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Education

  • American Academy of Art (IL, USA)
  • Chicago State University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Kanye West Talk About Mental Health Canceled: ‘To Have That Conversation Would Not Be Productive’

Kanye West Talk About Mental Health Canceled: ‘To Have That Conversation Would Not Be Productive’

Amid the countless headlines about Kanye West in recent months, one that may have been overlooked is that he was scheduled to give a TimesTalk on mental health with his friend and past interviewer Charlamagne Tha God at New York’s Town Hall on Wednesday night. However, Charlamagne posted on social media late Monday morning that the talk has been canceled."Normalizing being mentally healthy is a conversation that I really wanted to have with Kanye because he's been so vocal about...

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