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• Explores how West's middleclass upbringing differed from that of many other rappers and the important influence of his mother, a Fulbright Scholar who was chair of the English Department at Chicago State University and died tragically in November 2007

• Probes West's controversial views and independent stands, among them his calling out the hip hop community for its treatment of gays

• Examines his extensive charitable activities, including the foundation he created to keep minority students in school and his work on behalf of victims of Hurricane Katrina, for environmental causes, and to help veterans of the war in Iraq

• Looks at West's sense of fashion and activities in the fashion industry, including the fashion column he writes and the plans for his own clothing lines



• Includes a timeline of the artist's life

• Provides an extensive song List

• Offers a bibliography including magazine stories, newspaper articles, news service reports, web publications, and video/TV/Internet broadcasts



"Written for general readers in high school and up and illustrated with B&W photos, this biography of West describes his early life, his education, his personal and professional influences, and his struggles and accomplishments, including an MTV award in 2008 as the #1 MC. Reference features include a timeline, an annotated list of awards and songs, and a bibliography of magazine stories, books, newspaper and news service articles, web publications, radio interviews, TV and internet broadcasts, and public relations web sites. While emphasis is on facts, the books in the series are intended to be entertaining."

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Kanye West is an articulate, astoundingly insightful, pop culture prophet who can go from charging a president with racism one minute to criticizing blacks for not capitalizing on opportunities they have had in the next. Yet, West puts his considerable fortune where his mouth is and is among the most philanthropic musical artists on the scene today.

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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Biographies
  • Hardcover: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (July 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313374600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313374609
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter K. on August 29, 2012
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I am not one for putting things down, but this book REALLY disappointed me. The author spends chapter after chapter talking about everything BUT Kanye west. There are sections and chapters about city history, other rappers etc etc!? It is written in a very simple language and it seems to run out of things to talk about, and hence the "filler" chapters / sections.

No disrespect to the author, but this was not a good job, and at that price for the book I was definitely expecting "more meat on the bones"

Feels like it was written for pre-teens or teenagers, which is fine, but for 25+ its poor reading.

I cannot seriously recommend this unless you are in high school or the like.

Best regards
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