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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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  • Political protest, art, exotic travel color Paris menswear

    Art, fashion and exotic travel merged in Thursday's energetic installment of Paris' spring-summer 2016 menswear shows. And fashion week's necessary dose of controversy was found in the form of an unauthorized political protest at Rick Owens.
  • 'Fresh Dressed' documentary explores hip-hop fashion through the years

    Long before Jay Z was rapping about fashion designer Tom Ford, Pharrell Williams was pitching for Chanel or Kanye West was a front-row fixture at Givenchy, kids were customizing jean jackets with spray paint and accessorizing shell-toed Adidas shoes...

    These posters could be your life

    These posters could be your life
    At the ArtsBunker warehouse in Wilton Manors, graphic designer Chuck Loose wants to demonstrate how his Kanye West concert poster can "come alive." Standing in his studio bathroom, the co-owner of Iron Forge holds the poster advertising the rapper's...

    Taylor Swift speaks and Apple listens, how the superstar became music's most powerful voice

    Taylor Swift speaks and Apple listens, how the superstar became music's most powerful voice
    As Kanye West learned the hard way back in 2009, it's not smart to mess with Taylor Swift. The rapper's attempt to upstage the then-teenage singer-songwriter during an awards show backfired almost immediately, with West's "Imma let you finish"...

    Kanye West, Future perform at Birthday Bash 20 in Atlanta

    Kanye West danced across the stage and knelt on his knees during a performance that left many in the audience repeating the words of his songs at one of Atlanta's most popular hip-hop concerts. West capped a show filled with other hip-hop stars from...