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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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  • 'Ball So Hard University' big enough for only one person?

    'Ball So Hard University' big enough for only one person?
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs founded Ball So Hard University in jest, but three months later, the joke has become a serious legal dispute. In a recorded introduction for an early-November game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when players...
  • Happy 'Watch the Throne' Day

    Happy 'Watch the Throne' Day
    Watch the Leak? Not this time. Jay-Z and Kanye West's much anticipated collaboration, Watch the Throne, was released how they wanted it to — on iTunes this morning at 12 a.m. — without a leak. That alone is impressive (sorry Mom and Pop...
  • Rick Ross and his Maybach Empire celebrate album, foolishly leave off 'Perfectionist'

    Rick Ross and his Maybach Empire celebrate album, foolishly leave off 'Perfectionist'
    Rick Ross is the most consistent — and arguably the most important — rapper working today. Hip-hop's crown changes heads with swift regularity (ask me tomorrow and I could say Kanye West or Lil Wayne based on whatever new leak was liberated)....
  • Grading the Leaks: New songs from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nas and Big Sean

    Grading the Leaks: New songs from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nas and Big Sean
    Here’s an understatement: the rap blogs were busy yesterday. It seemed like every hour, there was another leak from a big-name artist. Kanye West, Nas, Big Sean and Lil Wayne were all victims of Hulkshare liberation. But now for the important part:...
  • Drake eyes the 'Throne' on the instant classic 'I'm On One'

    Drake eyes the 'Throne' on the instant classic 'I'm On One'
    In January, Drake facetiously told Tim Westwood that he heard “some other guys” — Kanye West and Jay-Z — were doing a joint album. He even inferred the titans jacked the idea from him and Lil Wayne. It’s a funny shot...
  • Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Otis': Good for scarf aficionados, bad for the rest of us

    Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Otis': Good for scarf aficionados, bad for the rest of us
    Here are the pros and cons of "Otis," the second offering from Kanye West/Jay-Z's collaborative album, Watch the Throne, which drops Aug. 1 digitally. If you like buying CDs (bless you), you can purchase it Aug. 5. The suits are taking down all of the...
  • Drake and 'Headlines': A charming surprise with real bounce

    Drake and 'Headlines': A charming surprise with real bounce
    What was the highlight of Drake's weekend? Ask him, and he'd likely answer hosting the second OVOFest, the one night of the year Toronto becomes hip-hop's Mecca. Or maybe he'd get more specific and say having Nas come out to perform "Made You Look" was...
  • Drake claims top spot on 'All of the Lights' remix

    Drake claims top spot on 'All of the Lights' remix
    This may not be the final version of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” remix, but even a sketch is worth breaking down. It currently lacks a West verse but the additions of Lil Wayne, Drake and Big Sean is a major development. How did the...
  • 'Rolling Papers' Week, Day 3: A stumble and brief recovery

    'Rolling Papers' Week, Day 3: A stumble and brief recovery
    It’s Rolling Papers Week at Louder Now. Wiz Khalifa, hip-hop’s young pothead-in-charge, dropped his highly anticipated major-label debut Tuesday. Every day this week, I’m going to analyze the tracks: what works, what doesn’t and...
  • Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West, 'Watch the Throne'

    Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West, 'Watch the Throne'
    Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne Roc Nation Rating: 3 stars out of 4 Understanding royalty is always trickier than it seems. From a distance, we watch in awe of the stately presence and lavish lifestyle. But get close enough and we see the scars,...
  • 'Live to Dance' recap: The finalists take the stage

     
    Janell is back to recap last night's Live to Dance finals. *jazz hands*:Are you ready for this, America? Andrew Gunsberg would like to know. Andrew is ready, he even flips his microphone up into the air and catches it, that’s......
  • Review: Maroon 5, Train, Gavin DeGraw at Merriweather Post Pavilion Aug. 24

    Review: Maroon 5, Train, Gavin DeGraw at Merriweather Post Pavilion Aug. 24
    The smell of beer and fried food saturated the lawn and pavilion at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Packed for the co-headlining tour of Maroon 5 and Train, the concert brought generations together. Teens perspiring from Adam Levine-induced delirium mingled...