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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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  • Wale's 'Ambition' to debut No. 2 with 164K sold

    Wale's 'Ambition' to debut No. 2 with 164K sold
    Very few rappers get second chances, but Wale did when he signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group earlier this year. "Ambition" — the D.C. rapper's sophomore album released last Tuesday — proves, at least from a numbers perspective, Wale...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Touré on the role of race in a 'post-black' culture

    Touré on the role of race in a 'post-black' culture
    A man with salt-and-pepper hair stood recently in front of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, glaring at an oversized poster promoting a reading Monday night by the cultural critic Touré from his new book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?" "Post-blackness?"...
  • Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena ranked highest grossing of its size

    Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena ranked highest grossing of its size
    Among arenas seating between 10,000 and 15,000 people, 1st Mariner was the year's highest grossing with nearly $16 million, Billboard magazine said in its year-end issue. It's the second year in a row the 1960s venue has received the honor. In 2009, it...
  • HoCoPoLitSo slams you with poetry and song

    HoCoPoLitSo slams you with poetry and song
    If you assume that poetry readings are all soft-spoken, genteel events, be prepared to be slammed with something louder at the fourth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival on Thursday, April 26, at Howard Community College. Student-oriented activities...
  • Laurel's Moses Stone looks to life after 'The Voice'

    Laurel's Moses Stone looks to life after 'The Voice'
    The second season of NBC's "The Voice" is over, but Laurel native and show contestant Moses Stone isn't showing any signs of slowing down. A week after the NBC vocal competition aired its season finale and a month after Stone was eliminated from the...