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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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  • Cat Power Not Tipping Her Hand About Next Album

    Cat Power Not Tipping Her Hand About Next Album
    The singer and songwriter Chan Marshall, who performs under the name of Cat Power, has a lot on her mind. She'll talk about injustice, about big corporations, about American economic policy, about the short-sightedness of Western medicine, about independent thinking. But she's staying mum about her next record. Marshall, whose album Sun — a slight departure into the realm of synthesizers, loops and beats — came out last year, says she's been misled, turned around and generally had her mojo messed with by prematurely sharing the details of her upcoming material in the past. That's why she's not tipping her hand.
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    Sundance 2015: Nothing funny about Sarah Silverman in 'I Smile Back'
    Sarah Silverman was sitting in the lobby of her hotel with a bunch of dudes. She'd just met the guys, who all looked young and kind of star-struck, like they'd high-five one another after she left. "OK, so I'll text you later," she said, waving goodbye....

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    When it comes to big-name albums, it's becoming rare for release dates to be announced much in advance. The element of surprise is a big bonus, and social media spread the word like wildfire. So, rather then tell us ahead of time, everybody's trying to...

    Rihanna's weird 'FourFiveSeconds' builds excitement for new album

    Rihanna's weird 'FourFiveSeconds' builds excitement for new album
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    Aphex Twin streams new EP 'Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments 2'

    Aphex Twin streams new EP 'Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments 2'
    It's a wonderful time to be an Aphex Twin fan. Until last year, the long-hibernating electronic composer/producer born Richard D. James hadn't released new music since the mid-'00s. Then in 2014 he delivered a return-to-his-people record, "Syro," that...