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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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  • Made in America festival looks to go beyond music

    In the next few hours, tens of thousands of fans will descend on Grand Park for the first day of the Made in America festival.
  • Downtown L.A. prepares for kickoff of Made in America music fest

    Downtown L.A. prepares for kickoff of Made in America music fest
    Final preparations were underway early Saturday for a music festival expected to draw tens of thousands of concert-goers to downtown Los Angeles this weekend. The two-day Budweiser Made in America festival will bring acts including Kanye West,...

    Made in America lineup is a vivid look at rap's competing interests

    Made in America lineup is a vivid look at rap's competing interests
    When it was first announced, the lineup for this weekend's Made in America festival in downtown L.A. seemed an unfocused commercial mix-and-match of mass-market rock, electronic dance and hip-hop. On second and third glances, it mostly is, at least at...

    Listen to a mega-mix of Nicki Minaj features

    Listen to a mega-mix of Nicki Minaj features
    Adding Nicki Minaj to your song is usually a good idea.  While there are obvious clunkers (her turn on Wale's "Clappers" never did it for me) she's usually flawless in the feature department. To prove this, some great American named "ursulatheseabitch"...

    Made in America Festival: Tips for navigating the event

    Made in America Festival: Tips for navigating the event
    Grand Park has held plenty of concerts and holiday events but nothing quite like what's coming this weekend for the Made in America Festival. Though organizers trimmed expectations for the crowd (estimates are around 35,000 — including security...