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Name: Kanye Omari West
Birthdate: June 8, 1977
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Before They Were Stars: Kanye West was born to the late Dr. Donda West, an English professor, and Ray West, a counselor. Young Kanye was transplanted to the Chicago suburbs and raised by his mother after his parents divorced. After dropping out of art school, West attained early success as a producer for artists like Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris.
Where Are They Now: West’s 2004 debut album The College Dropout won numerous Grammy awards and has been followed by four more wildly successful studio albums. In addition to a music career, West owns several Fatburger restaurants in Chicago, designs clothing and shoes, runs a charitable foundation, and is prone to the occasional awards show outburst. He’s also engaged to reality star Kim Kardashian, and the couple recently welcomed a baby girl, named North West.
Snakkle Snippet: Ever the clotheshorse, Kanye applied for internships at several European fashion houses in 2008.