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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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  • Happier than ever, Kanye West digs deep in catalog for 'Yeezus' show

    Happier than ever, Kanye West digs deep in catalog for 'Yeezus' show
    Kanye West knows he is often painted as a brooding egotist, but during his Baltimore Arena concert Friday night, the 36-year-old rapper wanted fans to know he was happy. “Don’t believe the pictures of me looking mad,” West told the...
  • Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon perform 'History of Rap 5'

    Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon perform 'History of Rap 5'
    Of course something special has to happen when Justin Timberlake made his inaugural appearance on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon." The two BFFs presented the fifth installment of the "History of Rap," rhyming their way through just about...
  • 'Glee' recap, 'City of Angels'

    'Glee' recap, 'City of Angels'
    In a lot of ways, tonight’s episode of "Glee" was an entirely more touching tribute to Corey Monteith’s character, Finn, than the actual tribute episode from September. The kids of McKinley High paid their respects to their fallen leader...
  • Dwele celebrates a decade of 'Subject'

    Dwele celebrates a decade of 'Subject'
    Ask Dwele his favorite song from “Subject,” his 2003 debut album, and the soul singer will hem and haw a bit before narrowing the options to two. The tone-setting “Truth” makes the cut because of its “feel good”...
  • Kanye West's 'Yeezus' tour hits Baltimore on Valentine's Day

    Kanye West's 'Yeezus' tour hits Baltimore on Valentine's Day
    If "Bound 2" is your current love song with your boo or you consider Kanye West your one true valentine, here's good news: The Chicago rapper will headline Baltimore Arena on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. West announced nine additional dates for his...
  • Observations from Kanye West's enthralling 'Yeezus' D.C. tour stop

    Observations from Kanye West's enthralling 'Yeezus' D.C. tour stop
    After what seemed like his 40th guttural bellow during “I am a God,” an exhausted Kanye West fell on his back. Like most of the moments during his two-hour-plus performance at Washington’s Verizon Center on Thursday night, it felt...
  • World of Beer off to a busy start

    World of Beer off to a busy start
    A couple of Friday nights ago, it was hard to find a place to comfortably stand in World of Beer, McHenry Row's newest bar. The beer emporium was celebrating its opening weekend, and the scene was what new owners dream of: wall-to-wall customers...
  • Charlie Wilson can outshine anyone, even 'Yeezus'

    Charlie Wilson can outshine anyone, even 'Yeezus'
    There's no such thing as sharing the spotlight with Kanye West. If you're on the same stage as the polarizing rapper, chances are you were relegated to second fiddle before any notes were even played. An exception is Charlie Wilson, the 60-year-old R&...
  • Mary J. Corey, first woman to lead Sun newsroom, dies of cancer

    Mary J. Corey, first woman to lead Sun newsroom, dies of cancer
    Mary J. Corey, whose personal warmth was matched by a drive that led her to become the first woman in The Baltimore Sun's 176-year history to head its newsroom, died Tuesday of breast cancer. The Sun's senior vice president and director of content, who...
  • The Internet likes Kanye; not such a big fan of the Tumblr purchase

    The Internet likes Kanye; not such a big fan of the Tumblr purchase
    Yahoo has added another major property to its portfolio, Kanye West went dark and political for his SNL gig, and France is buying military equipment. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for May 20, 2013. With the exception of television show...
  • Kim and Kanye's baby, the best Twitter reactions

    Kim and Kanye's baby, the best Twitter reactions
    Because during a concert in Atlantic City is the best way to announce a pregnancy, Kanye West let it slip to the world on Sunday that his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, is expecting. It was before a crowd at the Revel, and a historical plaque marking the...
  • Kanye West has a 'baby mama' in Kim Kardashian and other stressful news close out 2012

    Kanye West has a 'baby mama' in Kim Kardashian and other stressful news close out 2012
    Goodbye 2012, it's been real. But on the trends front, we end on a sad note. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West -- two of the most obnoxious people in the world -- are reproducing. Joe Flacco can't even claim the title of the NFL's most pathetic quarterback....