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Kanye West

Kanye West
Born in Atlanta, this rapper and producer moved to Chicago with his mother when he was 3 years old. He's considered to be one of the most commercially successful "back-pack" rappers. West has said he was largely influenced by Wu-Tang member RZA. The first major label song he produced was Jay-Z's "This Can't Be Life," featuring West's signature sound of taking old, soul samples, speeding them up, and adding his own drum sounds and other instruments. In 2001, he broke out as a producer, largely because his sound was all over Jay-Z's critically-acclaimed "The Blueprint." In October 2002, West survived a car accident after falling asleep at the wheel of his car. He recorded "Through The Wire" ab... Show more »
Born in Atlanta, this rapper and producer moved to Chicago with his mother when he was 3 years old. He's considered to be one of the most commercially successful "back-pack" rappers. West has said he was largely influenced by Wu-Tang member RZA. The first major label song he produced was Jay-Z's "This Can't Be Life," featuring West's signature sound of taking old, soul samples, speeding them up, and adding his own drum sounds and other instruments. In 2001, he broke out as a producer, largely because his sound was all over Jay-Z's critically-acclaimed "The Blueprint." In October 2002, West survived a car accident after falling asleep at the wheel of his car. He recorded "Through The Wire" about two weeks after the accident with his jaws wired shut. It was featured on his debut album, "College Dropout," released in February 2004, on Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records. The Grammy-nominated album sold more than 3 million copies. In August 2005, West released his highly-anticipated follow up "Late Registration," which sold more than 860,000 in its first week. In September 2007 he released "Graduation," which sold more than 950,000 copies in its first week. « Show less

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  • 'David Bowie Is': How do you fit a rocker into an art museum?

    'David Bowie Is': How do you fit a rocker into an art museum?
    Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...
  • Jhene Aiko surprises fans with pop-up concert at L.A.-area dispensary

    Jhene Aiko surprises fans with pop-up concert at L.A.-area dispensary
    The line in front of West Hollywood marijuana dispensary the Farmacy was a block deep on Tuesday night. There wasn’t a sale on pot, although there were a bevy of stoners in attendance. The shop was packed with Jhené Aiko fans who scurried to the...
  • Kanye West on disabled-fan controversy: 'Welcome to today's news'

    Kanye West on disabled-fan controversy: 'Welcome to today's news'
    The unstoppable Kanye West took time Monday during the final stop of his recent concert swing through Australia to address the pounding he’s taken on social media for halting a performance a few nights earlier to ensure that anyone not standing...
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye Quietly Selling Bel Air Mansion

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - YOUR MAMA'S NOTES: Now that they've completed the $21.25 million purchase of a freshly constructed French Country farmhouse mansion in the guard gated Hidden Hills community in L.A.'s far western suburbs Your Mama heard word...
  • CBS announces new 'Thursday Night Football' music after Rihanna slam

    CBS announces new 'Thursday Night Football' music after Rihanna slam
    Rihanna let everyone know Tuesday morning exactly how she feels about being dragged into the Ray Rice controversy by CBS and "Thursday Night Football." To sum it up: She's angry. Very much so. The Thursday night broadcasts were supposed to begin...
  • Kanye West stops concert, demands wheelchair-bound fan stand up

    Kanye West stops concert, demands wheelchair-bound fan stand up
    Kanye West halted a show in Sydney this weekend and encouraged fans to boo at a wheelchair-bound fan and another with a prosthetic leg who were unable to stand up and dance, according to TIME. Kanye stopped the music and told the audience that...
  • New pop music releases got get excited about

    Does anyone actually buy music anymore? Unclear. But the album release schedule still gets busy after Labor Day. Besides those blurbed below, look for releases by Chris Brown (X, Sept. 16) Lucinda Williams (the double album Down Where the Spirit Meets...
  • Kim Kardashian defends Kanye West in wheelchair kerfuffle

    Kim Kardashian defends Kanye West in wheelchair kerfuffle
    The story about Kanye West stopping his concert until a person in a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic leg stood up has been twisted by the media, Kim Kardashian says. "What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome...
  • Roc Nation pulled Rihanna from 'Thursday Night Football,' not CBS

    Roc Nation pulled Rihanna from 'Thursday Night Football,' not CBS
    Roc Nation was behind the recent decision to cut Rihanna’s “Thursday Night Football” opening segment for this week, and not CBS, according to the singer's label. "Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and...
  • Fresh perspective fuels Death From Above 1979's reunion, new album

    Fresh perspective fuels Death From Above 1979's reunion, new album
    Look at a photograph of Death From Above 1979 — or, better yet, take in one of its reliably rowdy concerts — and you'll feel confident in saying the band consists of two members: drummer Sebastien Grainger, who also sings, and bassist Jesse F....
  • Indio Downey pleads guilty to drug felony; Robert Downey Jr. looks on

    Indio Downey pleads guilty to drug felony; Robert Downey Jr. looks on
    With father Robert Downey Jr. in the courtroom, Indio Downey pleaded guilty Friday to cocaine possession in a case stemming from his June arrest in West Hollywood. The 21-year-old was sentenced to a drug-diversion program that could lead to the...
  • Fall arts preview 2014: Pop music and jazz listings

    Fall arts preview 2014: Pop music and jazz listings
    A look at notable concerts and albums in pop and jazz. Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI Sept. 15 Three bands from the upper tiers of today's hard rock team up for a big triple bill. Linkin Park has a new album, "The Hunting Party," that strips...