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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.
  • Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj among owners of new streaming service

    Jay Z, Madonna, Minaj among owners of new streaming service
    Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a streaming service being billed as the first artist-owned platform for music and video. The membership-based service — similar to subscription service...

    Top musicians team with Jay Z on Tidal music streaming service

    Top musicians team with Jay Z on Tidal music streaming service
    The music companies had their shot. So have the tech companies. Now a group of top recording artists says it wants its chance to make money streaming music. With the scripted sheen of one of his videos, rapper Jay Z led a parade of music royalty...

    Jay Z enlists pop music's top stars to launch Tidal

    Jay Z enlists pop music's top stars to launch Tidal
    Today, Jay Z gave the signal to dozens of music's top artists, asking them to reveal their true colors in a campaign to deliver hidden, coded messages across the airwaves.  No, it's not an Illuminati takeover of pop music. It's the U.S. launch of Jay Z'...

    Duchess of Cambridge makes final pre-baby appearance

    Duchess of Cambridge makes final pre-baby appearance
    The Duchess of Cambridge has made her last scheduled public appearance before retiring to await the birth of her next child, due in April. She wore a  pink coat by Mulberry as she and her husband visited first a community center in southeast London and...