Kanye West

Kanye West

Kanye West (pronounced CON-yay) (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American music producer and rapper from Chicago, Illinois.

Previously best known for producing hit singles for Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris, Kanye himself worked on a solo album for a long period of time, having the release pushed back time and time again. A car crash in October 2002 left his jaw fractured in three places. With his mouth still wired shut and only weeks after having an encounter with death, Kanye West began recording "Through The Wire," reliving his near-fatal accident. "Through The Wire", which sampled Chaka Khan's classic track "Through The Fire", would eventually become his lead single off The College Dropout in 2004, released on Roc-a-Fella Records. The album received almost universal acclaim for its balance of mainstream commercial appeal and conscious (at times verging on Afrocentric) lyrics, along with Kanye's signature style of taking samples from sped-up classic soul and R&B tracks.

The College Dropout reached #1 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 - it also peaked at #12 on the UK album chart, where it spent several months in the Top 20 during 2004. "Through The Wire" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and its successor "All Falls Down", which features R&B singer Syleena Johnson, peaked at #7. The third single from the album, the inspirational quasi-epic "Jesus Walks" peaked at #11 on the Hot 100, while a fourth extract, "The New Workout Plan", made a minor impression on the US R&B / Hip-Hop charts (see list of Billboard chart positions below).

In the UK, "Through The Wire" peaked at #9 on the official singles sales chart, "All Falls Down" peaked at #10, and "Jesus Walks" peaked at #16. "Jesus Walks" as of late has been subject for controversy, as the fact that the song was bought from Indianapolis-based MC Rhymefest and re-recorded has infuriated some hip-hop fans who decry such practices. He has also collaborated with Twista on a couple of his songs, such as "Overnight Celebrity" and "Slow Jamz" (also featuring Jamie Foxx) which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. He also appears on Brandy's single, "Talk About Our Love". His other collaborations with other artists include Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey and John Legend.

In 2004, Kanye West received ten Grammy Award nominations, making him the most nominated artist of 2004. He received two nominations in the Album of the Year category, one for The College Dropout, and one for his work on Alicia Keys's album The Diary of Alicia Keys. His work with pop icon Janet Jackson also earned a nomination for her single I Want You, produced by West, was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 13, 2005, his album The College Dropout won for Best Rap Album; and his single "Jesus Walks" won for Best Rap Song. Somewhat surprisingly, he did not go home with the Best New Artist Grammy (which instead went to Maroon 5); this snub was a repeat of the shut-out he received at the 2004 American Music Awards, where he lost to Gretchen Wilson.


His complete Grammy nominations included:

  • Album of the Year for The Diary Of Alicia Keys (as a producer)
  • Album of the Year for The College Dropout
  • Song of the Year for Jesus Walks
  • Best New Artist
  • Best R&B Song for You Don't Know My Name (as a songwriter)
  • Best Rap Solo Performance for Through The Wire
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for All Falls Down
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Slow Jamz
  • Best Rap Song for Jesus Walks
  • Best Rap Album for The College Dropout

Plus Janet Jackson's "I Want You" produced by West nominated in Best Female Recording (R&B).

Billboard Chart positions, by song

  • All Falls Down, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #4
  • All Falls Down, Hot Rap Tracks, #2
  • All Falls Down, Rhythmic Top 40, #7
  • All Falls Down, Hot 100, #7
  • All Falls Down, Top 40 Mainstream, #22
  • All Falls Down, Top 40 Tracks, #12
  • Jesus Walks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #2
  • Jesus Walks, Hot Rap Tracks, #3
  • Jesus Walks, Rhythmic Top 40, #16
  • Jesus Walks, Hot 100, #11
  • Through the Wire, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #8
  • Through the Wire, Hot Rap Tracks, #4
  • Through the Wire, Rhythmic Top 40, #10
  • Through the Wire, Hot 100, #15
  • Through the Wire, Top 40 Mainstream, #32
  • Through the Wire, Top 40 Tracks, #25
  • The New Workout Plan, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #60

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Plus Janet Jackson's "I Want You" produced by West nominated in Best Female Recording (R&B). Katie Price claims that she will be retiring her Jordan image.
His complete Grammy nominations included:. Jordan gave birth by Caesarean section to her second child, a 5lb 13oz boy, on 13 June 2005. At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 13, 2005, his album The College Dropout won for Best Rap Album; and his single "Jesus Walks" won for Best Rap Song. Somewhat surprisingly, he did not go home with the Best New Artist Grammy (which instead went to Maroon 5); this snub was a repeat of the shut-out he received at the 2004 American Music Awards, where he lost to Gretchen Wilson. It is rumoured within industry circles that the vocal tracks for "Not Just Anybody" were in fact sung by Rachel Stevens. His work with pop icon Janet Jackson also earned a nomination for her single I Want You, produced by West, was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The other contestants were the 1996 UK entrant Gina G, as well as Andy Scott-Lee, and the group Tricolore.

He received two nominations in the Album of the Year category, one for The College Dropout, and one for his work on Alicia Keys's album The Diary of Alicia Keys. On 5 March 2005, singing a song titled "Not Just Anybody", she came in second place in the pre-selection show Making Your Mind Up, behind Javine. In 2004, Kanye West received ten Grammy Award nominations, making him the most nominated artist of 2004. Under the name Katie Price, Jordan was one the acts competing for the right to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, to be held in Ukraine. His other collaborations with other artists include Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey and John Legend. They plan to marry in September. He also appears on Brandy's single, "Talk About Our Love". In February 2005 Jordan announced that she was 5 months pregnant with Peter Andre's child.

He has also collaborated with Twista on a couple of his songs, such as "Overnight Celebrity" and "Slow Jamz" (also featuring Jamie Foxx) which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. In May 2004, writing as Katie Price, she published her autobiography, Being Jordan to surprisingly good reviews. "Jesus Walks" as of late has been subject for controversy, as the fact that the song was bought from Indianapolis-based MC Rhymefest and re-recorded has infuriated some hip-hop fans who decry such practices. Jordan began 2004 by appearing on the reality TV series I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, flirting in the jungle with singer Peter Andre, which seemed to have resurrected both of their careers. In the UK, "Through The Wire" peaked at #9 on the official singles sales chart, "All Falls Down" peaked at #10, and "Jesus Walks" peaked at #16. She had it removed at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The third single from the album, the inspirational quasi-epic "Jesus Walks" peaked at #11 on the Hot 100, while a fourth extract, "The New Workout Plan", made a minor impression on the US R&B / Hip-Hop charts (see list of Billboard chart positions below). She had a leiomyosarcoma on her finger, this being a rare form of malignant tumour which attacks smooth muscle tissue and can spread around the body.

"Through The Wire" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and its successor "All Falls Down", which features R&B singer Syleena Johnson, peaked at #7. That same year, Jordan was treated for cancer. The College Dropout reached #1 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 - it also peaked at #12 on the UK album chart, where it spent several months in the Top 20 during 2004. His condition is thought to be incurable. The album received almost universal acclaim for its balance of mainstream commercial appeal and conscious (at times verging on Afrocentric) lyrics, along with Kanye's signature style of taking samples from sped-up classic soul and R&B tracks. Media coverage speculated that Jordan's alcohol consumption while pregnant might been the cause, but doctors said that it was almost certainly caused by a genetic disorder. "Through The Wire", which sampled Chaka Khan's classic track "Through The Fire", would eventually become his lead single off The College Dropout in 2004, released on Roc-a-Fella Records. He was found to be blind, having a condition known as septo-optic dysplasia, meaning that his optic nerve hadn't developed correctly.

With his mouth still wired shut and only weeks after having an encounter with death, Kanye West began recording "Through The Wire," reliving his near-fatal accident. Harvey was born at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, his birth being induced when he was two weeks overdue. A car crash in October 2002 left his jaw fractured in three places. Harvey's father was the Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke, although again the relationship broke up before the child was born. Jordan has said she intended to have the birth shown live over the Internet, but changed her mind later and decided to keep it private. Previously best known for producing hit singles for Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris, Kanye himself worked on a solo album for a long period of time, having the release pushed back time and time again. On May 27, 2002, she gave birth to a baby boy she named Harvey after her grandfather. Kanye West (pronounced CON-yay) (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American music producer and rapper from Chicago, Illinois. In the end, Jordan won 713 votes or 1.8% of the vote.

The New Workout Plan, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #60. As a part of her election campaign—which was intended to bring a little fun into a dull election—she promised free breast implants, increases on nudist beaches, and a ban on parking tickets. Through the Wire, Top 40 Tracks, #25. In the June 7, 2001 British General Election, Jordan ran as a candidate in Manchester, England (using her real name) under a slogan of "For a Bigger and Betta Future". Through the Wire, Top 40 Mainstream, #32. One of her first public relationships was with the pop singer Dane Bowers, of the boy band Another Level, but they ended their relationship while she was pregnant by him, and she had an abortion. Through the Wire, Hot 100, #15. She has had a number of well-publicised relationships.

Through the Wire, Rhythmic Top 40, #10. Jordan's private life and wild behavior and outrageous antics have been extensively detailed by the paparazzi, much of it at European nightclubs. Through the Wire, Hot Rap Tracks, #4. She appeared at a number of promotional events for the similarly named Jordan Grand Prix Formula One team during this time, during a period when they were heavily promoting themselves to the youth market. Through the Wire, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #8. In 2002, Jordan was shooting a cover to run in Playboy and Hugh Hefner invited her to spend three weeks at his mansion. Jesus Walks, Hot 100, #11. Jordan appeared in six volumes of Playboy's Book of Lingerie from 1997 to 1999.

Jesus Walks, Rhythmic Top 40, #16. Thus began a series of operations to enhance her figure. Jesus Walks, Hot Rap Tracks, #3. In July 1998, Jordan received her first breast augmentation, thus forcing her "retirement" from Page 3 of the Sun, which had recently decided that its "natural beauty" policy required it to stay "silicone-free". Jesus Walks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #2. In 1998, Jordan tried out for a part on the television series Baywatch, but did not get the part. All Falls Down, Top 40 Tracks, #12. It was at this time that she began to use the name Jordan.

All Falls Down, Top 40 Mainstream, #22. An excellent swimmer, gymnast, and horsewoman, she took up glamour modelling as a "Page 3" girl in The Sun, a popular tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom. All Falls Down, Hot 100, #7. After a while her mother, Amy, remarried to Paul Price, and Katie Infield changed her name to Katie Price. All Falls Down, Rhythmic Top 40, #7. When she was four, her father left home. All Falls Down, Hot Rap Tracks, #2. She was born in Brighton.

All Falls Down, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #4. Jordan is a British glamour model, perhaps most famous for her large, surgically enhanced breasts and the reports of her personal life in British tabloid newspapers. Best Rap Album for The College Dropout. Jordan (born May 22, 1978), is the public name and image of Katie Price, who was born Katie Infield. Best Rap Song for Jesus Walks. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Slow Jamz.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for All Falls Down. Best Rap Solo Performance for Through The Wire. Best R&B Song for You Don't Know My Name (as a songwriter). Best New Artist.

Song of the Year for Jesus Walks. Album of the Year for The College Dropout. Album of the Year for The Diary Of Alicia Keys (as a producer).

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