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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.
  • Coachella 2015: Drake finds redemption on his own

    Coachella 2015: Drake finds redemption on his own
    During his closing set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night, Drake made it clear he didn’t come armed with a scene-stealing special guest this time. “I came out here to handle business by myself," he said a third...

    Coachella 2015: Kanye West adds to abundance of big Weekend 2 moments

     Coachella 2015: Kanye West adds to abundance of big Weekend 2 moments
    Closing day at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was already in its earliest hours when Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage name the Weeknd, shared a new outlook on his experience this year. "When I said last Saturday that it was the...

    Spike Lee wants to name his film 'Chiraq'? Chicago can handle it

    Spike Lee wants to name his film 'Chiraq'? Chicago can handle it
    Moviemaking in this town is usually a welcomed event. City Hall is more than happy to showcase the beauty and vitality of Chicago. You know, City of Big Shoulders, Second City, Chi-town. But Mayor Rahm Emanuel, members of the City Council and some South...

    Coachella 2015: Jack White bids farewell, Kanye West says hello in week 2

    Coachella 2015: Jack White bids farewell, Kanye West says hello in week 2
    On the final Saturday night of Coachella 2015, the singer and guitarist Jack White bid farewell to the 90,000-plus revelers by leading them in a chant. As he was winding down his expertly imagined, electrified rock and roll hoedown on the main stage, he...