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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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  • Listen to a mega-mix of Nicki Minaj features

    Listen to a mega-mix of Nicki Minaj features
    Adding Nicki Minaj to your song is usually a good idea. †While there are obvious clunkers (her turn on Wale's "Clappers" never did it for me) she's usually flawless in the feature department. To prove this, some great American named "ursulatheseabitch"...
  • Made in America Festival: Tips for navigating the event

    Made in America Festival: Tips for navigating the event
    Grand Park has held plenty of concerts and holiday events but nothing quite like what's coming this weekend for the Made in America Festival. Though organizers trimmed expectations for the crowd (estimates are around 35,000 — including security...
  • How do you dress for a rock show?

    How do you dress for a rock show?
    Ogee Muniz, dressed as a Firebird, complete with a red mask, was chatting with her Gingerbread Man-out-of-"Shrek" boyfriend Anthony Cruz in the United Center concourse before Arcade Fire's Tuesday night set when a petite woman in a formal dress approached...
  • The selling of Oak Park teen Tavi Gevinson

     The selling of Oak Park teen Tavi Gevinson
    Look! Here's the recent high school graduate Tavi Gevinson swinging from a crab apple tree in her Oak Park backyard — as photographed by Annie Leibovitz and published in Vanity Fair. Look! Here's Tavi Gevinson lying on her single, teenager's bed...
  • Set times announced for downtown's Made in America Festival

    Set times announced for downtown's Made in America Festival
    This weekend will bring the first Los Angeles production of the Budweiser Made in America festival, a two-day concert event co-founded by Blue Ivy Carter's father, Jay-Z. The festival, born in Philadelphia in 2012, expands to the West Coast at Grand...
  • 'Go Metro' -- except to downtown's Labor Day weekend music festival?

    'Go Metro' -- except to downtown's Labor Day weekend music festival?
    It's going to be one of the biggest concerts of the summer, drawing performers such as Kanye West and John Mayer and as many as 50,000 fans to Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. For weeks, organizers have been urging ticketholders to "Go Metro" and...
  • Was Marion 'Suge' Knight shot over a book proposal?

    Was Marion 'Suge' Knight shot over a book proposal?
    It’s not often that you hear about assassination attempts linked to book proposals. Writing a book pitch, after all, is a notoriously quixotic thing to do. Publishers routinely "kill" books simply by rejecting them. And Americans are so blasť...
  • 'Frank' has genius obscured

    'Frank' has genius obscured
    **1/2 (out of four) Anyone who raises an eyebrow at Kanye West performing shows in a mask may elevate their entire face at the title character of “Frank.” Played by Michael Fassbender, he spends all of his time wearing a giant, fake head that...
  • Common announces AAHH! Fest for September, Dave Chappelle slated to host

    Common announces AAHH! Fest for September, Dave Chappelle slated to host
    Common announced the first AAHH! Fest on Wednesday, a collaboration between the legendary Chicago rapper via his Common Ground Foundation and Donda's House, Inc. (a foundation founded by Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith named after West's later mother...
  • Taylor Swift was bad at MTV awards. Then again, all of VMAs was pretty bad.

     
    We stayed out of the argument last week over rapper Earl Sweatshirt’s claim that Berks County native Taylor Swift’s video for her new “song” -- “Shake It Off” – was “patently offensive.” After all, how...
  • Allison Janney Reminds Everyone She Has Six Emmys (VIDEO)

    Allison Janney had a Kanye West moment at the end of her acceptance speech Monday night when she reminded the audience, after winning Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy ("Mom"), that she now has six Emmys. † Related stories'Weird Al' Yankovic...
  • MTV Video Music Awards 2014: Best and worst moments

    MTV Video Music Awards 2014: Best and worst moments
    In the days before the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, the drama for pop-cultural fanatics was endless. Among the story lines: A boa constrictor bit one of Nicki Minaj’s dancers during rehearsals for the show, Iggy Azalea took a nasty spill during...