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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.
  • Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy

    Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy
    Wearing a loose-knotted black sweater that revealed his carved torso beneath, the pianist, singer and songwriter known as Perfume Genius sat before a whisper-quiet sold-out crowd at the Roxy in West Hollywood and tried to explain the raw, full-throated...

    Drew Barrymore guest edits People Stylewatch beauty edition

    Drew Barrymore guest-edited People Stylewatch's special edition on beauty. In an interview she talks about beauty (of course) and counsels not to be uptight. "Never get worried about what people say because it’s good to not be afraid," she says....

    Life is Beautiful festival to offer live stream for charity

    Life is Beautiful festival to offer live stream for charity
    Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex and the Weeknd are a few of the nearly 70 acts booked for the Life is Beautiful festival Oct. 24-26 in Las Vegas. But those burned out from festival season – or just not up for a Vegas weekend –...

    REVIEW: Steel Panther is under-appreciated -- or misunderstood -- opening for Judas Priest at PPL Center

    REVIEW: Steel Panther is under-appreciated -- or misunderstood --  opening for Judas Priest at PPL Center
    What happens if you’re a band whose whole act is a spoof, but nobody gets it? That’s what largely happened when heavy metal parody band Steel Panther opened for Judas Priest at Allentown’s PPL Center on Wednesday. The band, which had...