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Report: HBO giving rapper Kanye West his own reality series

By Christopher Rocchio, 01/10/2007 

Acclaimed music producer-turned-rapper Kanye West will reportedly star in a reality series being developed by HBO. The currently untitled series is said to focus on the hectic, crazy nature of West's daily life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

West, who grew-up in a middle-class suburban background as an only child, attended Chicago's American Academy of Art and Chicago State University before dropping out to begin work on his music career.  He produced for local artists while in school, and then gained fame for producing hit singles for major hip-hop/R&B artists, including The Game, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Eminem, Ludacris, and John Legend, among others.

He has since released two albums -- 2004's "The College Dropout," which earned him a Grammy for best rap album, and 2005's "Late Registration," which netted him a Grammy for album of the year. Both became multi-platinum hits and earned him a total of six Grammys.

While HBO declined comment on the unscripted series, sources told The Reporter that the project is from executive producer and director Larry Charles, and added the other executive producers will be record producer and label executive Rick Rubin, West's manager G Robertson and West himself. 

Charles is a longtime executive producer and director for HBO's Emmy-nominated series Curb Your Enthusiasm, was the executive producer of HBO's Entourage in its first two seasons, and most recently directed Borat, which earned a Golden Globe nomination for best musical or comedy motion picture.

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