As fatherhood is just around the corner and things are going great with girlfriend Kim Kardashian, Kanye West’s life couldn’t be much better right now. Happy Birthday, Kanye!
Kanye West has had quite the whirlwind of a year. Ever since he started dating girlfriend Kim Kardashian, he seems to be happier than ever. Things have been pretty awesome for the rapper and not much has happened to bring him down. Let’s take a look at Kanye’s biggest ups and downs from the past year as he turns 36.
Kanye West: Things Get Real With Kim Kardashian
Although TMZ reported in April of 2012 that Kanye was Kim’s rebound from ex-husband Kris Humphries and it was seen by many as a publicity stunt, the couple turned out to be real and in love over the summer. It was even reported that Kim changed Kanye for the better and he was mesmerized by her!
Kim said in July that her romance with Kanye would last because they had built a strong friendship before they actually pursued a relationship — something she hadn’t done with her previous relationship with Kris (we all know how that ended!). They didn’t care about the publicity rumors, and we were all for Kimye!
Kanye West Releases New Album, ‘Cruel Summer’
In September, Kanye released a compilation album that was extremely popular, especially in the hip-hop world. Not only did he make some awesome songs for the album, but he got to collaborate with some of his fellow hip-hop stars like Jay-Z, 2 Chainz, Kid Cudi and R. Kelly. The album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and tore up the iTunes charts. With all of those names on one album, how could it not do well?
Right around the time of the release of Cruel Summer, rumors started spreading that Kanye was also going to be releasing his sixth solo album not long after, which meant a lot of new music for Kanye fans!
Kanye West Announces Kim Kardashian Is Having His Baby
But forget about a new solo album — Kanye announced he and Kim were having a baby on Dec. 30, and the world blew up with excitement! At a concert in Atlantic City, Kanye told his audience to “stop the music and make noise for my baby mama,” in reference to Kim, who was at the show.
Kim and Kanye had shared the news to the Kardashian family on Christmas, and once the news was announced to the world, the family couldn’t contain their excitement on Twitter.
Sister Kendall Jenner tweeted the happy news, “Whos excited about the KIMYE babbyyy?! :D weeee!”
Kourtney Kardashian added, “Been wanting to shout from the rooftops with joy and now I can! Another angel to welcome to our family. Overwhelmed with excitement!”
In a statement very true to Kanye’s life, Kylie Jenner added, “A lot can happen in a year..”
Kanye West Faces Gay Rumors And Lawsuit Over ‘Gold Digger’
In the middle of the baby excitement, Kanye was hit with some unexpected stress. In April, the children of the late Thunder & Lightning musician David Pryor sued Kanye for wrongfully sampling the band’s 1974 song, “Bumpin’ Bus Stop” in the “get down” chants from his 2005 hit, “Gold Digger.”
Kanye’s song was one of many targeted in the lawsuit, as David’s children sued Roc-A-Fella Records, UMG’s Island Def Jam and other corporate defendants for other instances of their father’s music being sampled in various songs. Nothing has progressed in the lawsuit since it was filed, but legal matters are never fun to deal with!
As if a lawsuit isn’t frustrating enough, rumors swirled that Kanye is gay and in love with Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci. But, a source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that both Kim and Kanye shook the rumors off because they’re used to having false things being said about them.
Kanye West Teases New Solo Album
The lawsuit was just a minuscule bump in the road for Kanye, as he has way too many things to look forward to in the near future — including a new album! Kanye put out a mysterious tweet on May 2 reading, “June Eighteen,” HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY learned that it’s related to his album.
Looks like Kanye is having a baby and an album right around the same time, and what a month it would be for him! He sure has a lot to celebrate on his big day this year!
Join us, HollywoodLifers, in wishing Yeezy a happy 36th birthday!
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— Taylor Weatherby