This gallery features photos of young Kanye West, including baby and childhood pictures, pictures from high school, as well as ones from his early 20’s during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, after his parents divorced when he was 3 years old, he and his mother relocated to Chicago, Illinois. His dad was a former Black Panther who later became a Christian counselor, and his mom was an English Professor at Clark Atlanta University and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University. When he was 10 years old, he and his mother moved to Nanjing, China so she could teach as part of a foreign exchange program. They moved back to the states after his mother realized his tremendous propensity towards music. West wrote his first rap song at age 13 and convinced his mom to pay $25 an hour to record at a studio. He received a college scholarship to the American Academy of Art in 1997 then transferred to Chicago State University to study English. After realizing how much college interfered with his music, he dropped out at the age of 20 to focus full-time on his career as an artist. Today Kanye is one of the world's most popular recording artists, having sold millions of records.