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Kanye West

Kanye West

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    Go from A to Z with Kanye history... up first, Alexis Phifer. Kanye's designer fiance, with whom he became engaged in 2006.
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    Bush. At the Hurricane Katrina telethon, Kanye famously declared, "George Bush doesn't care about black people."
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    Connect Four. At a 2006 magazine photo shoot with Kelly Clarkson and Joel Madden, Kanye proclaimed himself "the king of Connect Four" before trouncing a similarly confident editor. He lost the rematch.
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    Dropout. Not only did his first album, The College Dropout, sell 2.6 million records, he himself left Chicago State after one year to pursue his music career.
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    Entourage. The singer guest-starred on the hit HBO show this summer.
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    Fashion. He considers his maternal grandfather his fashion inspiration (is he wearing his sweater here?) but also admits to wearing Hammer pants in the '90s!
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    Graduation. His new album (which you can get a first listen to here!) includes a mix of classic rock and dance music.
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    Hollywood Hills. Alexis influenced their home's stylish décor.
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    Illinois. Kanye and his mother Donda West, moved to Chicago from Atlanta when he was three. She died after having surgery in November.
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    Japan. Kanye developed a love for the Japanese culture. The cover of his new album, Graduation , is a design by Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami.
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    Kanye. His name means "The Only One," in Swahili.
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    Late Registration. Kanye's sophomore effort won Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammys (besting 50 Cent's The Massacre).
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    Movie. One of his favorites is Anchorman, claiming it,"...may be the greatest movie of all time."
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    New Artist. Kanye walked out of the 2004 American Music Awards after losing to Gretchen Wilson, telling reporters, "I was robbed."
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    October 2002. After rehearsing in the studio with Damon Dash, Kanye got into a near-fatal car accident, breaking his jaw in three places and inspiring the hit single "Through the Wire," on which he rapped with his jaw wired shut.
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    Pastelle. His new clothing line is launching in Spring 2008. Kanye, who enjoys attending fashion shows, claims, "I always say I was a designer before I was a rapper."
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    Quadruple threat. Kanye is a respected producer, rapper, songwriter, and record executive.
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    Roc-A-Fella. He finally scored a deal with the record company after they initially refused him.
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    Sneakers. He owns 165 pairs. His favorite brand is Nike.
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    Telemarketer. Just after he quit college, Kanye worked the phones during the day (and rapped at night) to pay his mother $200 in rent.
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    U2. The group beat his Late Registration album with their How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb for Album of the Year at the 2006 Grammy Awards.
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    Vuitton. The LV fan, who calls himself "The Louis Vuitton Don," has a room stacked with the classy luggage.
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    Winner. 6 Grammys...and counting!
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    X-tra sensitive. At the 2006 MTV Europe Awards held in Copenhagen, Kanye lost to Justice vs. Simian's "We Are Your Friends," for Best Video. He crashed their acceptance speech, and declared that he deserved to win for "Touch the Sky."
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    "You Don't Know My Name." Kanye produced this song for Alicia Keys' 2003 album; the track won Best R&B Song at the Grammys that year.
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    Z (as in Jay-Z). Kanye's mentor and friend, Jay-Z, helped give him a start in the business. The track, "Big Brother" from Graduation is Kanye's tribute to the Jiggaman.