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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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  • 6 challengers vie for Orange District 6 seat

    Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell is leaving her District 6 post because of term limits, and six candidates are vying to take over the open seat. The field includes a number of recognizable names, including a former commissioner and the...
  • Chapin, Hood endorse Whittington in Orange race

    Chapin, Hood endorse Whittington in Orange race
    Former mayors Linda Chapin and Glenda Hood endorsed Orange County District 6 candidate Virginia Whittington, her campaign announced Monday. The high-profile endorsements could be a factor in a crowded District 6 race primary race on Aug. 26, and it...
  • Walton gets hoteliers backing in Orange race

    Walton gets hoteliers backing in Orange race
    Orange County Dist. 6 Commission candidate Roberta Walton secured formal backing from the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging AssociationPAC, giving her another heavy-hitting establishment backer in a crowded primary race. Walton was already co-endorsed by...
  • Orlando commissioner says Mayor Buddy Dyer treats City Council as rubberstamp

    Orlando commissioner says Mayor Buddy Dyer treats City Council as rubberstamp
    An Orlando commissioner is bristling at what she calls Mayor Buddy Dyer’s heavy-handed treatment of the City Council, accusing the mayor of treating the board like a rubberstamp for his initiatives. In a rare example of dissent from the...
  • 10 years later, vacant land is all that remains of Parramore Village's rebirth

    10 years later, vacant land is all that remains of Parramore Village's rebirth
    Nearly 100 people lived in Parramore Village before City Hall forced them to move and razed their homes — the beginning, they were told, of the neighborhood's rebirth. Orlando taxpayers spent $1.3 million to relocate the residents, some of whom...
  • Three from Broward chosen for next good government class

    Three from Broward chosen for next good government class
    Three Broward political leaders are among the new group chosen for the Leaders in Excellence Program at the University of Miami’s Good Government Initiative. Most of the class of 18 is from Miami-Dade County. Those chosen from Broward are...
  • Outgoing-Orange Mayor Crotty toasted, roasted for ‘cheap’ ways

     
    When out-going Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty traveled through 18 countries over the years with his Chief of Staff George Rodon, his long-time friend discovered just how frugal his boss was when they lost their luggage on a flight. Crotty was dismayed...
  • Buddy Dyer wants another term as Orlando’s mayor

     
    Buddy Dyer filed election papers Wednesday to run for his third full term as mayor of Orlando in 2012. Though Dyer is routinely mentioned when names are bandied about for higher office, he's made no secret of his desire to remain mayor. He told the...
  • Fiesta Bowl BCS turmoil=Another blown opportunity for Orlando

     
    The Fiesta Bowl’s misery is ours too. The bowl imploded in scandal Tuesday.CEO John Junker was firedafter an internal report found “an apparent scheme” to reimburse employees for political contributions and “an apparent...
  • Orlando's new arena opens after years of talks, millions of dollars

    Orlando's new arena opens after years of talks, millions of dollars
    The ribbon will be cut on the gleaming new Amway Center today, but the Orlando Magic's fight for a new arena started nearly a decade ago, with years of political horse-trading and hundreds of millions of dollars in the balance. Building a new arena...
  • Killing Florida pork could seriously help federal budget

    Killing Florida pork could seriously help federal budget
    Enough talk about cutting the federal budget. Let's start the job in Florida, beginning with Jacksonville's pork. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio want to move a nuclear aircraft carrier from Norfolk, Va., to Jacksonville. This would cost as much as...
  • Junior Achievement opens first high school academy at Oak Ridge

    Junior Achievement opens first high school academy at Oak Ridge
    Fourteen-year-old Sharrell Bailey wouldn't be starting ninth grade at Oak Ridge High School on Monday if it weren't for the new Junior Achievement Academy opening there. The magnet program, which will focus on leadership and entrepreneurship, is Junior...