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Photos: Kanye West's Career Highs — and Lows

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1997

Kanye West in art class during his senior year at the Polaris High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois, 1995.

Enrolls in the American Academy of Art for one semester on a partial scholarship, then transfers to Chicago State University, where his mother Donda West is head of the English Department. After one semester, against his mother's protestations, he drops out to pursue music full time. On "Spaceship," Kanye references this period in the second person, saying "Lock yourself in a room doin' five beats a day for three summers."

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