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2008 KANYE WEST

 

"I feel like a new artist…It reminds me of the first album when everybody said I couldn't rap."  - Kanye on his latest album, 808s and Heartbreak

 

Claim to Fame:  Temper-tantrums

 

2008 started off for Kanye on a somber note, still mourning the sudden loss of his mother Donda West in November 2007.  However, it didn’t stop her baby from working.  Ready…..lets go.  Ye kicked off 2008 announcing that his Glow in the Dark Tour is set to feature N.E.R.D., Rihanna and Lupe Fiasco in supporting roles… Released the philosophy book "Thank You and You're Welcome" (sample entry: "To most people, the saying 'to use someone' carries a negative connotation. But I don't see it that way. To 'mis,' 'over' or 'ab'-use someone is negative. To use is necessary. And if you can't be used, you're useless")…Landed a pair of Grammys in February for Best Rap Solo Performance for the hit single "Stronger" and Best Rap Song for "Good Life”… Split with fiancee Alexis Phifer after being called “possessed by the tour”… Broke the caps on his keyboard after denying his enrollment in an anger management class:  I have never had any conversations about anger management. If anything, I need anger enhancement!! lol! I get off the plane in Hawaii today and the world is saying my management team said blah blah blah ... SIIIIIIGGGHHHH! I told the media you can't make up lies about me because I have a media outlet myself”… Collaborated with MTV News on "Homecoming," in which he heard veterans' stories, thanked them for their contributions to the country, and then help the vets confront their challenges, including resolving their debts and adjusting to civilian life. ...Avoided a felony after getting into a recorded scuffle with the paparazzi.  He blogs:  "When will there be a law passed that simply enforces that someone has to ask to take a photograph of you? That would seem like common courtesy. Right now the paps are above the law and the people they shoot are below it…Gets the blind eye from HBO for his long-rumored sitcom… Booed at Bonnaroo after taking the stage at 4:30 a.m., blamed Pearl Jam for delay, destroyed computer's caps-lock key in the process ... Closed out Lollapalooza with triumphant headlining set ... Set to produce Jay-Z's Blueprint 3…Expressed interest to serve as a fashion intern.. Released 808s & Heartbreak, a somber and really excellent record that saw him ditching rapping altogether in favor of Auto-Tuned vocals and slinky synth lines ... Heartbreak debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart, beating Guns N' Roses' decade-in-the-making Chinese Democracy.  In any other year, he would normally be a shoo-in to be named "Man of the Year," except, as it turns out, there were at least two men who had a bigger '08 than even Ye.

 

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