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Kanye West

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Outspoken rapper Kanye West sometimes takes his name, which means “the only one” in Swahili, too seriously, but at least the multiple Grammy winner’s got skills to back up the bravado. After dropping out of Chicago State University in 1996, West churned out hit singles for Common, Ludacris and Cam’Ron which caught the attention of Jay-Z who had West produce several tracks on 2001’s The Blueprint. While recovering from a 2002 car crash with his jaw wired shut, he penned and recorded “Through The Wire,” which prompted Roc-A-Fella Records to greenlight his first album, The College Dropout. The 2004 disc made him the most nominated artist at the 47th Grammy Awards with 10 nods and three wins. He took home three more for 2005’s Late Registration, another for 2007’s Graduation and four more at the 2011 ceremony for 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and his collaboration with Jay-Z Watch The Throne. But he never seems satisfied with the kudos he’s given and his impulsive reactions often land him in hot water like when he stormed out of the AMAs after losing Best New Artist to Gretchen Wilson, went off script at the live Hurricane Katrina benefit accusing George Bush of not caring about black people, rushed the stage after losing Best Video at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards and shouted a profanity-laced tirade, or interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs to sing her competition Beyonce’s praises. Previously linked to Amber Rose and engaged to Alexis Phifer from 2006-08, West is now dating and expecting a child with Kim Kardashian, who he wooed in the sing “Theraflu.”

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