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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.
  • Kanye West to perform at Birthday Bash 20 concert in Atlanta

    Kanye West is bringing his talents to Atlanta's most popular hip-hop concert shows. WHTA, known locally as Hot 107.9, announced Wednesday that West will be one of the headliners at Birthday Bash 20 at Philips Arena on June 20. The Grammy-winning rapper...

    Memorial Day parties: 8 ways to spend your weekend

    Memorial Day parties: 8 ways to spend your weekend
    Our friend Memorial Day is a good excuse to up the Sunday Funday ante. Picture drinking fish bowls poolside, downing a funky-fresh dose of soul jams, gobbling up crawfish by the handful. Find all of the above and more at these eight Memorial Day weekend...

    Billboard Music Awards: Kylie, Kendall Jenner booed; Kanye West bleeped

    Billboard Music Awards: Kylie, Kendall Jenner booed; Kanye West bleeped
    The Billboard Music Awards on Sunday turned weird for the Kardashian/Jenner family. Kylie and Kendall Jenner were booed when they came onstage to introduce their brother-in-law, Kanye West. Then television censors bleeped out part of his performance. [Fox...

    Billboard Music Awards are ho-hum, but Taylor Swift was impressed

    While the boring adults of America were biding their time until the "Mad Men" series finale Sunday, the kids down the hall were donning headphones, staring at screens and occasionally dancing while reveling in another kind of televised marketing...