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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.
  • World loses Oscar de la Renta, but I lose a good friend

    "I POSTPONE death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing." -- Anais Nin. Oscar de la Renta, a great friend and practically the king of the fashion world, left us this week. I had known Oscar since the days he started out at...

    French Montana, hot up-and-coming rapper, coming to Sherman Theater

    French Montana, hot up-and-coming rapper, coming to Sherman Theater
    One of music’s hottest up-and-coming rappers is headed for a regional venue. French Montana, whose 2013 debut “Excuse My French” topped the rap and R&B charts and hit No. 4 on Billboard’s overall albums chart with the platinum...

    Chief Keef reportedly dropped from Interscope Records

    Chief Keef reportedly dropped from Interscope Records
    Update: Keef posted a text conversation with Chicago rapper Lucki Eck$ to Twitter that if accurate, reveals he's officially no longer on Interscope and hasn't been for a week now:  ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿Bro ass is LuckilySlow pic.twitter.com/7g8C1NwLrn —...

    Kanye West, Chemical Brothers lead Lorde's 'Hunger Games' soundtrack

    Kanye West, Chemical Brothers lead Lorde's 'Hunger Games' soundtrack
    The contestants have been declared in Lorde's tournament of experimental pop music on her soundtrack for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." The New Zealand electro-pop artist, who just played a well-received stand at the Greek Theatre, had...