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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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  • 'The Voice' recap: The first live show

    'The Voice' recap: The first live show
    A major change took place tonight in the second season of NBC’s “The Voice”: The live shows began, and for the first time, the fate of the artists is not just in the coaches’ hands — viewers can vote for who they want to...
  • Kirk Franklin, a 'Christian moderate' with swag

    Kirk Franklin, a 'Christian moderate' with swag
    Kirk Franklin is singing "Jesus Walks," the Kanye West song that lampoons mainstream radio for shunning songs about Christianity. "But if I talk about God, my record won't get played, huh?" Franklin, who performs at the Modell Center at the Lyric on...
  • Fall's Top 5: The events and releases we're anticipating most

    Fall's Top 5: The events and releases we're anticipating most
    In a month's time, we'll be happily saying goodbye to the sweaty summer. Here at Midnight Sun, we're not only anticipating tolerable temperatures, but we're also circling the fall events and releases we wish were here already. We present the five we're...
  • 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'...
  • The Interview: Managing for the long haul

    The Interview: Managing for the long haul
    To mark the release of The Baltimore Sun's Top 75 Workplaces magazine, we sat down with managers at four highly ranked companies to discuss how they manage — and, not least, how they hold on to top workers in this time of tight budgets. Around...
  • Unsigned hype

    Mac Miller isn't the only person in hip-hop making money on his own. Here are five other acts that created their buzz without a major label's help. 1The Weeknd Abel Tresfaye, aka the Weeknd, is Toronto's enigmatic R&B crooner-on-a-bender whose two...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Suggs' rededication to the game came when his old coach joined the Ravens

    Suggs' rededication to the game came when his old coach joined the Ravens
    Terrell Suggs heard the critics. He was out of shape. Overpaid. Unfocused. Selfish. In 2009, the Ravens linebacker recorded a career-low 4.5 sacks in his first season chasing quarterbacks with the weight of a fat, new contract extension on his broad...
  • Duncan Sheik makes up for lost time

    Duncan Sheik makes up for lost time
    For Duncan Sheik, June 7 will forever be a day mired in mixed emotions. It was then, earlier this year, that his seventh album, "Covers 80's," hit stores. The 12-track album features Sheik's deconstructions of his British new-wave favorites, such as...