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Happy 45 Birthday, Kanye West!

The hip-hop mogul, producer and fashion designer turns 45 today.

Happy Birthday Kanye West aka “YE”

Today, June 8, is the birthday of Chicago producer, MC and musical visionary Kanye West aka Ye, who now turns 45.

West began his music career as a producer in the mid-1990s for small time Chicago artists and, later, bigger names. 'Ye worked with Foxy Brown, Jermaine Dupri, Nas and more. There was a time when producing Jay-Z’s smash single “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” from The Blueprint was his biggest claim to fame. In addition to producing, West was shopping his demo CD around in an effort to convince labels that his musical ability was not just behind the boards.

Since then, it's been up from there. Over the years in the spotlight, 'Ye has notched nine platinum-selling solo albums and garnered 24 Grammy and nominated for a total of 75 Grammys throughout his professional career. Thanks to his musical genius, his ambitious business ventures in the worlds of film and fashion and his outspoken personality, West has become one of hip-hop's most popular, and some might say infamous and polarizing, public figures.

Happy Birthday, Ye!


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