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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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  • 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...
  • MTV Video Music Awards 2011: Stray thoughts and musings

    MTV Video Music Awards 2011: Stray thoughts and musings
    When we look back at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, we will remember two things: 1) This Jessie J thing is not going to happen, America, but it wasn't for lack of effort, and 2) Beyonce and Jay-Z are having a baby. For a two-and-a-half hour show, you'...
  • Big Sean and Kanye West enjoy beautiful company in 'Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay' video

    Big Sean and Kanye West enjoy beautiful company in 'Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay' video
    Big Sean, who will perform at Virgin Mobile FreeFest's Festival Stage at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, just dropped his video for "Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay ." It's a party track from Sean's debut Finally Famous, featuring hookman-for-hire Roscoe Dash and Sean's...
  • Coffee Companion (8/12): What they're saying about the Ravens

    Coffee Companion (8/12): What they're saying about the Ravens
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.  Running it back: The...
  • Review: Big Sean at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011

    Review: Big Sean at Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011
    Big Sean is a work in progress. The 23-year-old Detroit rapper, who released his debut LP Finally Famous on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, proved it during his 45-minute set at the West stage this afternoon, allowing lulls to outweigh his better...
  • If the shoe fits

    If the shoe fits
    At first glance, Whitney Morris' second-floor walk-up resembles most bachelor pads. An office has been converted into a "man cave" filled with a keyboard, a couple of guitars and a computer. The kitchen looks virtually untouched. It isn't until you walk...
  • Rapper Diggy grows up while Rev. Run cheers from the sidelines

    Rapper Diggy grows up while Rev. Run cheers from the sidelines
    When your father is the "Run" in Run-DMC and your uncle is Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons, it's a gift and a curse to pursue a career in hip-hop. The gift is obvious: unlimited connections, a built-in brand name and hopefully some skills from...
  • September 28: Turned up

    Music we can't wait for Summer, you were a blast, but if we have to endure Pitbull's innocuous "Give Me Everything" or the pounding piano of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" one more time, there could be blood in the streets. Luckily, fall has arrived...
  • On 'H.A.M.': Kanye West and Jay-Z epically drop the ball

    On 'H.A.M.': Kanye West and Jay-Z epically drop the ball
  • J. Cole kicks off Rihanna tour in Baltimore

    J. Cole kicks off Rihanna tour in Baltimore
    Pundits, commentators and TV watchers were shocked a couple of weeks ago when Britney Spears and Rihanna kissed at the Billboard Music Awards. But not J. Cole, who's opening Saturday for Rihanna at 1st Mariner Arena, the first show on the Loud tour....
  • Rihanna recruits Drake and Kanye West for All-Star halftime show

    Rihanna recruits Drake and Kanye West for All-Star halftime show
  • Charlie Wilson spans the R&B generation gap

    Charlie Wilson spans the R&B generation gap
    Charlie Wilson has been alive for 58 years, and has been singing for nearly all of them — first in his church choir and then in the Gap Band, the pioneering funk group he formed at the age of 14 with his brothers Ronnie and Robert. That long,...