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North West sits front row at Givenchy

North West sits front row at Givenchy

PARIS, Sept. 29 (UPI) --North West had her own, front row seat to take in the Givenchy show at Paris Fashion Week.
Annie Martin
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian booed at Paris fashion show

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian booed at Paris fashion show

PARIS, Sept. 27 (UPI) --Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were reportedly booed by a small group at the Lanvin show, during Paris Fashion Week, on Friday.
Brooks Hays
Kylie Jenner takes to Instagram after parents file for divorce

Kylie Jenner takes to Instagram after parents file for divorce

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) --Kylie Jenner took to Instagram after news broke of Bruce and Kris Jenner's impending divorce, and posted a sad poem about emptiness.
Annie Martin
Kim Kardashian tackled by prankster at Paris Fashion Week

Kim Kardashian tackled by prankster at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS, Sept. 25 (UPI) --Kim Kardashian was tackled and nearly pulled to the ground by notorious prankster Vitalii Sediuk as she entered the Balmain show at Paris Fashion Week.
Annie Martin
Kanye West teaches class at LATTC as part of community service

Kanye West teaches class at LATTC as part of community service

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) --Kanye West made a surprise appearance at an LA Trade Technical College on Friday.
Veronica Linares
Kim Kardashian defends Kanye West over wheelchair incident

Kim Kardashian defends Kanye West over wheelchair incident

BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 16 (UPI) --Kanye West appeared to harass two fans with disabilities at his concert in Sydney on Friday, but wife Kim Kardashian says the incident was twisted by the media.
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Kanye West harassed 2 disabled concertgoers

Kanye West harassed 2 disabled concertgoers

SYDNEY, Sept. 15 (UPI) --Kanye West had an embarrassing moment when he harassed two disabled fans for not standing up at his show in Sydney, Australia, Friday.
Aileen Graef
Kris Jenner increases security over alleged death threats at Kendall and Kylie

Kris Jenner increases security over alleged death threats at Kendall and Kylie

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (UPI) --Kris Jenner has decided to increase security at her Hidden Hills home following multiple threats directed toward her and daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
Veronica Linares
Kanye West keeps his Grammys in the laudry room, sock drawer

Kanye West keeps his Grammys in the laudry room, sock drawer

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (UPI) --Kim Kardashian revealed during a radio interview last week that her husband, Kanye West, doesn't display his Grammy awards like most people do.
Veronica Linares
Aziz Ansari's parents pose for pic with Beyonce, Jay-Z

Aziz Ansari's parents pose for pic with Beyonce, Jay-Z

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6 (UPI) --Aziz Ansari snaps a photograph of his parents posing with Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z at Kanye West concert.
Danielle Haynes
Kendall Jenner reportedly being eyed for next 'Fifty Shades' film

Kendall Jenner reportedly being eyed for next 'Fifty Shades' film

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) --Television personality turned model Kendall Jenner has been approached about a minor role in the sequel for "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Veronica Linares
Kanye West complained to Jay Pharoah about MTV VMAs jokes

Kanye West complained to Jay Pharoah about MTV VMAs jokes

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 3 (UPI) --Kanye West revealed he called "SNL" star Jay Pharoah after the comedian made a joke about the rapper and his wife while hosting the 2014 MTV VMAs in August.
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Kim Kardashian named GQ's 'Woman of The Year'

Kim Kardashian named GQ's 'Woman of The Year'

LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) --Kim Kardashian won GQ's Woman of The Year Award Tuesday, but the reality star seemed upset they didn't include "West" when they called her to accept the award.
Veronica Linares
Kendall Jenner makes her debut in U.S. Vogue

Kendall Jenner makes her debut in U.S. Vogue

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) --Kendall Jenner makes her first U.S. Vogue appearance in the magazine's September issue, five months after sister Kim Kardashian graced the cover.
Annie Martin
Kanye West reveals his father was a paparazzo

Kanye West reveals his father was a paparazzo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 (UPI) --Kanye West revealed his father was a paparazzo during his deposition for allegedly attacking photographer Daniel Ramos last year.
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Kanye West and girlfriend Amber arrive for the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on September 13, 2009. UPI/Laura Cavanaugh
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Kanye Omari West (pronounced /ˈkɑːnjeɪ/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, singer, and record producer. West first rose to fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, where he eventually achieved recognition for his work on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint, as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally used pitched-up vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments. However, subsequent productions saw him broadening his musical palette and expressing influences encompassing '70s R&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, folk, alternative, electronica, synth-pop, and classical music.

West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, and his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008. His four albums have received numerous awards, including a cumulative twelve Grammys, and critical acclaim. All have been very commercially successful, with 808s & Heartbreak becoming his third consecutive #1 album in the U.S. upon release. West also runs his own record label GOOD Music, home to artists such John Legend, Common and Kid Cudi. West's mascot and trademark is "Dropout Bear," a teddy bear which has appeared on the covers of three of his five albums as well as various single covers and music videos. About.com ranked Kanye West #8 on their "Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers" list. On May 16, 2008, Kanye West was crowned by MTV as the year's #1 "Hottest MC in the Game."

Kanye West was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lived with his parents. When he was three years old, his parents divorced, and he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. His father was Ray West, a former Black Panther who was one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and is now a Christian counselor. West's mother, Dr. Donda West, was a Professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University before retiring to serve as West's manager. He was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois after living in Chicago. West credits his feminine nature to being raised by his mother. When asked about his grades in high school, West replied, "I got A's and B's. And I'm not even frontin'".

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