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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.
  • Cover band Amish Outlaws turns heads

    Six Amish men walk into a bar. They're all dressed in the simple garb of the plain people — broadcloth slacks, suspenders and straw hats. They get on stage, with guitars, a keyboard, microphones and amplifiers. One takes a seat behind the drum...

    The Written Word Can Still Pack A Punch

    In a New York Times essay marking the 50th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan's landmark book "Understanding Media," novelist Rivka Galchen initially seems to endorse McLuhan's contention that visual media are replacing the written word. "The written word is...

    'Sharknado 2' Stirs Up Bigger Twitter Storm for Syfy

    Syfy's campy "Sharknado 2: The Second One" delivered a bigger tempest on social media than its first showing, scoring as the most-tweeted TV show Wednesday as users and advertisers looked to gleefully lampoon -- and gain attention from -- the cabler's...

    Shop Saturday for a chance to meet Kim Kardashian at new Ulta store

    Kim Kardashian (the new Mrs. Kanye West) is scheduled to make an appearance at Ulta Beauty's new Midtown Crossing store on Pico Boulevard on Aug. 6, but fans who want to meet her need to shop at the store this Saturday. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday,...