Kanye West

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Though his upbringing was untraditional for a rapper, Kanye West rose to fame as a hip-hop star in the mid-2000s. Raised by a single parent who was a Fullbright Scholar and Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University, Kanye grew up in an upper-middle-class area of Chicago.

Kanye was already a noted producer, but his middle-class background and preppy dress made him seem out of place for the hip-hop scene, which was dominated by gangsta personalities. A near fatal car accident became the catalyst for Kanye to prove he was also a rapper—one with talent and attitude. He began collecting awards for his music, and headlines for his arrogance.

With an ear for crazy rhyme schemes and hitmaking beats, and a knack for expressing topics that audiences can relate to, Kanye was determined to change the face of hip-hop and make history.

Denotes mature audience: May not be suitable for some elementary readers due to attitudes and lifestyles expressed by the celebrity.

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Interest Level: Grades 4-8 • Reading Level: Grades 4-6 • 32 Pages • 6½" X 9¼" • Full-color laminated covers • Side-sewn, reinforced library binding • Full-color photos throughout • Chronology • Further reading • Works consulted • Discography or Filmography as applicable • Index

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