Kanye West Confident, creative, and emotional – fitting words for a Gemini rap superstar who continues to shock fans with his cocky lyrics and over the top musical style. Kanye Omari West is currently one of the hottest American rappers with a string of number hits and controversial music videos. His initial steps to fame started when he produced a single for Jay-Z, CEO of f Roc-A-Fella Records. His inventive production style experimented with the use of pitched-up vocal samples combined with modern rap instruments. Attaining positive response from fans, his innovative style resulted to millions of album sales and collaborations with RnB hotshots like Alicia Keys and Beyonce Knowles.
Kanye was born in Atlanta, Georgia and lived there until his parents divorced. Left to his mother, they moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he enjoyed a middle-class life due to his mother’s hard work and perseverance. Mother and child grew extremely close to the point that Kanye joked that he credits his mother for developing a feminine side.
Amidst the fame and praises, tragedy struck when his mother died of complications from cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation. Suffering from depression, Kanye was detached from the world and constantly battled with his emotions. Gemini’s are not very good at dealing with emotions and tend to runaway from painful situations.
After his mother’s burial held November 20, 2007, West finally spoke about the tragedy in public and said that it was like losing an arm and a leg. Several days after, he held a concert in London and emotionally dedicated the songs “Hey Mama" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin”.
With the help of Gemini’s positive outlook in life, Kanye found new love with designer Alexis Phifer, whom he dated on and off from 2002. In 2008, the couple decided to end their marriage due to irreconcilable differences. Rumuors accused Kanye of giving more time to his music and concerts, which drew the couple apart.