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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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  • Concert news: Kings of Leon cancel; Jay-Z and Kanye West reschedule; Yelle; Trey Anastasio

    Concert news: Kings of Leon cancel; Jay-Z and Kanye West reschedule; Yelle; Trey Anastasio
    Kings of Leon have cancelled all dates of their 2011 tour because the lead singer, Caleb Followill, is suffering from "vocal issues and exhaustion." The announcement was made Monday by tour promoter Live Nation. The band had been scheduled to perform at...
  • Ravens practice, 'Jersey Shore' and more Baltimore faves in 10Spot

    Ravens practice, 'Jersey Shore' and more Baltimore faves in 10Spot
    1. Open Ravens Practice So that 18-day summer training camp that was to be open to the public? Yeah, the Ravens want to make it up to you. They’re hosting an open practice Saturday, with gates open at 9 a.m. followed by practice at 10 (early-ish...
  • Baltimore gay rappers are loud and proud

    Baltimore gay rappers are loud and proud
    When Baltimore rapper DDm began writing the songs for his new mixtape, he looked to Omar Little, the ruthless-yet-honorable stickup man from "The Wire," for inspiration. Omar, like DDm, was raw, aggressive — and gay. DDm saw enough in common with...
  • Kanye West, Jay-Z 'Watch the Throne' tickets on sale now

    Kanye West, Jay-Z 'Watch the Throne' tickets on sale now
    Tickets for the Kanye West and Jay-Z joint tour, "Watch the Throne," go on sale today at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster. The two will kick off the tour in Atlanta on October 29. They will perform at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena on November 1 and at the Verizon...
  • Update: Concert news: Foo Fighters to perform in Washington; Lupe Fiasco back to Merriweather

    Update: Concert news: Foo Fighters to perform in Washington; Lupe Fiasco back to Merriweather
    Looks like the Foo Fighters will play the DMV this year after all. It was announced today the band will perform at the Verizon Center in Washington November 11, just a week after Kanye West and Jay-Z perform there on their "Watch the Throne" tour. There...
  • 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...
  • Estelle overcomes -- and thanks -- heartbreak

    Estelle overcomes -- and thanks -- heartbreak
    Estelle wants listeners to know she's not just the happy-go-lucky Londoner many first met on 2008's "American Boy," her cheery hit single with Kanye West. "The Life," the opening track to "All Of Me" (her first album in nearly four years, due out...
  • The week that was: J.A. Murphy's to be 'Rescued,' Estelle, All Good headliners and more

    The week that was: J.A. Murphy's to be 'Rescued,' Estelle, All Good headliners and more
    Here's a round-up of our week at Midnight Sun: •••• In what some might consider an odd choice, Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" chose J.A. Murphy's as the next establishment it helps, "Kitchen Nightmares"/"Restaurant Impossible"-style. Filming...
  • Feb. 29: Jeezy is hip-hop's hottest motivator

    Feb. 29: Jeezy is hip-hop's hottest motivator
    Atlanta rapper talks 'TM103,' not making 'Hottest MCs' list Last week, MTV's hip-hop brain trust revealed its annual "Hottest MCs in the Game" list — seemingly one of the few measuring sticks rap artists take seriously, and thus take issue with...
  • June 13: Loud and proud

    When Baltimore rapper DDm began writing the songs for his new mixtape, he looked to Omar Little, the ruthless-yet-honorable stickup man from "The Wire," for inspiration. A small but growing number of city artists are helping challenge hip-hop's...
  • 'B*itches in Bookshops': Pratt Library goes a little gangsta

    'B*itches in Bookshops': Pratt Library goes a little gangsta
    On Twitter, you have to expect the crude, the occasional swear word, the offensive line. Just usually not from the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  The Pratt let loose an eye-brow raising Tweet Tuesday afternoon, giving a big thumbs up to a rap called "B*...
  • Audience votes could save Laurel native Moses Stone on 'The Voice'

    Audience votes could save Laurel native Moses Stone on 'The Voice'
    The fate of Laurel native Moses Stone on NBC's reality show "The Voice" is now in the hands of audience members, who will vote to see their favorite performers progress in the competition. After weeks of taped performances, "The Voice" had its first live...