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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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  • Adam Jones as a lion, Chris Davis loving breakfast and Manny Machado's music

    Adam Jones as a lion, Chris Davis loving breakfast and Manny Machado's music
    NEW YORK -- The media crush at the All-Star Game isn’t anywhere close to that of the Super Bowl, but for baseball players it’s the biggest individual, rapid-fie scrum they’ll experience. And there were plenty of non-baseball...
  • Orioles' five All-Stars settle in for their national close-up

    Orioles' five All-Stars settle in for their national close-up
    NEW YORK — Along the far side of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field on Monday afternoon, there was a scene that hasn't occurred at the All-Star Game in years: A full-fledged Orioles row. One wall, five tables and five Orioles players...
  • Kevin Liles gives back to Baltimore

    Kevin Liles gives back to Baltimore
    Long before he became a Grammy-winning songwriter and hip-hop music mogul, before he reached millionaire status and before he began to hobnob with the likes of Oprah, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, Kevin Liles was a kid growing up in a West Baltimore...
  • Drake's 'Would You Like a Tour?' comes to Verizon Center on Halloween

    Drake's 'Would You Like a Tour?' comes to Verizon Center on Halloween
    Rap superstars have been busy making announcements lately (Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album announcement commercial during last night's NBA Finals and Kanye West's "Yeezus" album release come to mind). Toronto's Drake joined the headline-...
  • Mayor stayed at lobbyist's beach house

    Mayor stayed at lobbyist's beach house
    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake acknowledged Wednesday that she spent Memorial Day weekend at the Delaware beach house of a top lobbyist, Lisa Harris Jones. The mayor defended the excursion as a harmless beach getaway by two close friends and their...
  • Kanye West coming to a wall near you in Baltimore

    Kanye West coming to a wall near you in Baltimore
    If you live around the BMA, the Walters or the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Kanye West is coming to a wall near you Sunday night. Or, at least his image, words and music are. West has been using public walls the last two weeks to promote the "New Slaves"...
  • Baltimore pulls plug on Kanye West video events; events happen anyway

    Update: It looks like West was able to prevail, to an extent: At about 9 p.m., Def Jam Records tweeted that a projection would take place on the Walters Art Museum, 45 minutes earlier than the originally scheduled time in what appeared to be an attempt to...
  • Meet Maryland defensive line commitment Malik Jones

    Meet Maryland defensive line commitment Malik Jones
    Malik Jones discovered early in his high school career that playing football for Dunbar put “a target on your back.” The Poets, winners of three consecutive Class 1A state championships, have long been the preeminent Baltimore City football...
  • Meet Maryland tight end commitment Andrew Isaacs

    Meet Maryland tight end commitment Andrew Isaacs
    Switching his commitment to Maryland from Boston College was “the most difficult decision” Andrew Isaacs said he’s made in his life. He had a good relationship with the Eagles’ coaching staff, thought the team was filled with...
  • Fake vaccine and Kardashian pregnant, shame on us

    Is it any wonder America is distrusted and held in contempt around the world? I was unaware my tax dollars were paying for fake polio vaccination programs in Pakistan (and no doubt elsewhere). What a dreadful way to "win the hearts and minds" of a...
  • Finally home, Beach House delivers triumphant set at the Lyric

    Finally home, Beach House delivers triumphant set at the Lyric
    “Hello Baltimore, it’s been too long,” said Beach House singer Victoria Legrand from the Lyric Opera House stage on Friday night. It was an understatement: The city’s most-known indie-rock duo hadn’t played the area since...
  • College lines

    CONNECTICUT COLLEGE: Margaret Robbins, of Fallston, a sophomore at Connecticut College took part in "People Watching," the Dance Club's spring performance, Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 at the Martha Myers Dance Studio at Connecticut College. The concert...