Kanye West - Audio Biography

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Kanye West - Early Life audio biography

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What is Kanye West - Audio Biography?

An audio biography dedicated to chronicling the life and times of Kanye Omari West.

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Early life
Most biographies and reference works state that West was born on June 8, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia, although some sources give his birthplace as Douglasville, a small city west of Atlanta.[17][18] After his parents divorced when he was three years old, he moved with his mother to Chicago, Illinois.[19][20] His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray later became a Christian counselor,[20] and in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland, with startup capital from his son.[21][22] West's mother, Dr. Donda C. West (née Williams),[23] 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 his manager. West was raised in a middle-class environment, attending Polaris School for Individual Education[24] in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois, after living in Chicago.[25] At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, where she was teaching at Nanjing University as a Fulbright Scholar.[26] According to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it.[27] When asked about his grades in high school, West replied, "I got A's and B's. And I'm not even frontin'."[28]

West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age; he began writing poetry when he was five years old.[29] His mother recalled that she first took notice of West's passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade.[30] West started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade, eventually selling them to other artists.[31] At age thirteen, West wrote a rap song called "Green Eggs and Ham" (the title of a best-selling children's book by Dr. Seuss) and persuaded his mother to pay for time in a recording studio. Accompanying him to the studio and despite discovering that it was "a little basement studio" where a microphone hung from the ceiling by a wire clothes hanger, West's mother nonetheless supported and encouraged him.[29] West crossed paths with producer/DJ No I.D., with whom he quickly formed a close friendship. No I.D. soon became West's mentor, and it was from him that West learned how to sample and program beats after he received his first sampler at age 15.[32]:557 After graduating from high school, West received a scholarship to attend Chicago's American Academy of Art in 1997 and began taking painting classes; shortly after, he transferred to Chicago State University to study English. He soon realized that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his musical work, and at 20 he dropped out of college to pursue his musical dreams.[33] This greatly displeased his mother, who was also a professor at the university. She later commented, "It was drummed into my head that college is the ticket to a good life ... but some career goals don't require college. For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you."[32]:558