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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.
  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending March 2, 2015: Top Songs 1. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars), Mark Ronson 2. Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran 3. Sugar,Maroon 5 4. Love Me Like You Do,Ellie Goulding 5. FourFiveSeconds, Rihanna, Kanye...

    Madonna announces tour with Philly gig; hip-hop artist coming to Musikfest Cafe

    Madonna announces tour with Philly gig; hip-hop artist coming to Musikfest Cafe
    Madonna has announced a tour to support her new album "Rebel Heart," and it includes a stop at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. The singer will play the arena at 8 p.m. Sept. 24. Tickets, the prices of which have not been announced, will go on...

    Black Madam: Amber Rose hired me to plump her posterior

    A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer with an illegal buttocks injection name-dropped her way through testimony Friday, saying one of the celebrities who sought her out became "a walking billboard" for her work. Padge-...

    'SNL': Dakota Johnson gets slapped

    'SNL': Dakota Johnson gets slapped
    After scoring huge ratings for a 40th anniversary special, "Saturday Night Live" returned this weekend with a forgettable episode. It's never a good sign when the musical guest, in this case Alabama Shakes, is the best thing in the comedy show. But...