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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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  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'A Capitol Fourth' on PBS

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'A Capitol Fourth' on PBS
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 29 - July 5, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies --------------------   SPECIALS The 4th of July Parade Live from...
  • For brides, it's all in the details

    This season's nuptial fashions fall on opposite sides of the aisle: ethereally sweet and rustic chic, or softly structured and urbane. Yet despite the different silhouettes Vera Wang boho, for instance, is all about empire waists and slip-dress sheaths,...
  • Beyonce tops Forbes' most powerful celebs list

    Pop-R&B diva Beyonce tops Forbes magazine’s annual list of “The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities,” a ranking in which pop musicians occupy half of the top 10 slots. The list combines celebs’ earnings with traditional...
  • Thicke ignites discussion with 'Paula,' but the album isn't worth talking about

    Thicke ignites discussion with 'Paula,' but the album isn't worth talking about
    There's at least one Remy Martin delivery truck that rolls through the streets of Washington displaying Robin Thicke's handsome face, blown up 15 times larger than real life, a static photograph that winks. On the side of the truck is the cognac company's...
  • Annie Leibovitz 'never confirmed' to shoot Kanye West's wedding

    Annie Leibovitz 'never confirmed' to shoot Kanye West's wedding
    Was the whole Kanye West-Annie Leibovitz wedding-photo debacle just a misunderstanding? It seems so. Though earlier in the week the rapper had appeared to diss the famed photographer for not shooting his wedding to Kim Kardashian, he and Leibovitz...
  • Kanye West, Annie Leibovitz issue statement regarding photo fracas

    That Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were married last month in Italy you no doubt remember. Depending on your level of interest in America's Most Compelling Family, you might even recall that West on Tuesday had some harsh post-nupital words for Annie...
  • Las Vegas: Kanye, Lionel Richie, Outkast set for Life is Beautiful

    Kanye West, Lionel Richie and Outkast will be among the musical acts at the Life is Beautiful festival, which will return this fall to Las Vegas with an expanded version of last year’s launch. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday for the 2014...
  • Digital Savant: Internet outrage engine shows no sign of slowing

    Sometimes I think that if social media were someone we were collectively dating or were married to, that it would be time to talk about a breakup. For all the joy it can bring us (instantaneous communication; funny cat photos; live commentary on...
  • Kanye West no fan of wordy novels

    "SOMETIMES people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. ... I am a proud non-reader of books," said tycoon Kanye West. He's the man who tried to wrest Taylor Swift's MTV Video Award out of her winning hands. He also finally...
  • Happy 20th to Da Brat's 'Funkdafied'

    Happy 20th to Da Brat's 'Funkdafied'
    Pop quiz: Who was the first solo female rapper to have an album go platinum? Missy Elliott? Lil' Kim? Nicki Minaj? No one would blame you for guessing any of those iconic rappers. You'd be wrong, though. Chicago rapper Da Brat set that benchmark with her...
  • Foxwoods Contracts With New Company To Book Entertainment

    Foxwoods Contracts With New Company To Book Entertainment
    Foxwoods Resort Casino announced Thursday that promoters of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and concert tours for Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Kanye West will be booking musical performances at its Connecticut casino and anywhere else...
  • Family a key factor in where Anthony decides to play

    Family a key factor in where Anthony decides to play
    When Carmelo Anthony was 8 years old, he moved from Brooklyn to Baltimore and struggled fitting in enough that the memories still affect him as a grown man. Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, Carmelo's son, turned 7 in March. Those seemingly insignificant bits of...