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Fun Fact 1 Kanye West was born on June 8th, 1977. His middle name is Omari and he belongs to the star sign Gemini.

Fun Fact 2 Kanye West is one of the most successful rappers of all time. He has introduced all kinds of music into his work over the years including R&B, pop, rock, house and classical.

Fun Fact 3: Kanye West isn't just a fantastic rapper, he is also a record producer, film director, songwriter and fashion designer. He is super-talented and he is famous worldwide.

Fun Fact 4: Kanye West was brought up by his mother in Chicago, Illinois in the United States of America. He came from a middle class background and he stayed in America until he was 10 years old before relocating to China for around 12 months with his mother.

Fun Fact 5: As a small child, Kanye West showed signs of being musically gifted. He began writing poems at five years of age and he was very interested in the hip hop scene. He had a passion for music and drawing and he started rapping in third grade.

Fun Fact 6: Kanye West's mother was very supportive of his passion for music. He produced a rap song at the age of 13 and with his mother's help he took it to a recording studio. The name of the song was 'Green Eggs and Ham'.

Fun Fact 7: Kanye West became friends with producer and DJ No I.D. at a young age. He became Kanye's mentor and taught him a great deal about program beats and how to sample.

Fun Fact 8: At the age of 20, Kanye West left his scholarship at the American Academy of Art in Chicago to pursue his musical career. His mother was displeased at first as she wasn't convinced this was the best option for him, however, she appreciated that her son had a dream to follow.

Fun Fact 9: In 2002, Kanye West was signed up to Roc-A-Fella. He released albums called The College Dropout in 2004, Late Registration in 2005 and Graduation in 2007.

Fun Fact 10: Kanye West's musical path took a change when his mother sadly passed away in 2007, at the age of 58, during a cosmetic surgery operation. They had obviously been very closely and this huge loss affected him greatly.

Fun Fact 11: Following the death of his mother, Kanye West began singing more so than rapping. He produced his fourth studio album towards the end of 2008 which was called '808s & Heartbreak' and included the singles Love Lockdown, Heartless, Amazing and Paranoid.

Fun Fact 12: Kanye West is one of the best-selling artists in the world. He has sold over 21 million albums and 66 million digital downloads.

Fun Fact 13: Kanye West has received more awards than most other artists and he has received the most Grammy awards for any artist of his age.

Fun Fact 14: Kanye West has three albums which have been ranked by the Rolling Stones in the top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

Fun Fact 15: Kanye West is married to Kim Kardashian, they met in April 2012, became engaged in October 2013 and married in May 2014. They have a daughter together called North 'Nori' West. She was born in June 2013.

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