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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...
  • Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity kids make their modeling debut

    Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity kids make their modeling debut
    From the Beckhams to the Birkheads, there’s no denying good genes! So it’s no surprise that Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia took to modeling at the age of 10. And we were not shocked to see the 1-year-old daughter of Kanye West and...
  • George Clooney to produce Tom Ford's next film

    George Clooney to produce Tom Ford's next film
    George Clooney, who received the Cecil B. DeMille award for achievement in film and television at this year's Golden Globes, will produce fashion designer/film director Tom Ford's next movie. It's called "Nocturnal Animals" and is an adaptation of the...
  • The best and worst of the Lolla 2015 lineup

    The best and worst of the Lolla 2015 lineup
    After tons of speculation and supposed certainty that Drake and AC/DC would be headlining Lolla 2015 (July 31-Aug. 2 at Grant Park), well, they’re not. But there’s plenty to be excited about on this year’s roster, which, according to...
  • Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA

    Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA
    The video is like a feverish dream of Los Angeles. Beneath the sprawling, horizontal cityscape, a marching band grooves on an empty field. Young boys drip-dry after a dip in the pool. A woman with a tower of gray hair and a kindly gaze stands before a...
  • Honesty is the best policy for rising star Halsey

    Honesty is the best policy for rising star Halsey
    To get a sense of Halsey’s worldview, you need look only at why, given the choice between Madonna and Rihanna, the rising one-named pop singer doesn’t hesitate. “Oh, Rihanna. Because I think that she’s a fucking badass,”...
  • Rob Kardashian reappears on Instagram with provocative post about Kim

    Rob Kardashian reappears on Instagram with provocative post about Kim
    Rob Kardashian has surfaced again on social media after a hiatus, as Rob Kardashian has been known to do.  This time, he's invoked sister Kim Kardashian's name in an Instagram post that folks aren't sure whether to take seriously or laugh off as a joke....
  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending March 23, 2015: Top Songs 1. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars), Mark Ronson 2. Sugar, Maroon 5 3. Love Me Like You Do, Ellie Goulding 4. Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran 5. FourFiveSeconds, Rihanna,...
  • SXSW 2015: The festival changes, but for the better?

    SXSW 2015: The festival changes, but for the better?
    A prevailing notion at the South by Southwest music festival, which concluded here Sunday, was that this year's edition delivered a much-needed course correction. Having spent the better part of a week trudging around downtown Austin — from...
  • King Kendrick: The Compton rapper's rise to hip-hop royalty

    King Kendrick: The Compton rapper's rise to hip-hop royalty
    With his third album “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar is firmly atop the rap world with his only peers being Kanye West and Drake. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that the now-27-year-old artist was even mentioned in the same breath...
  • Roundup: Madonna stingy with her Kahlo, a pyramid lost, a city found

    Roundup: Madonna stingy with her Kahlo, a pyramid lost, a city found
    Copyright laws in England ... green roofs in France ... destroyed pyramids in Peru ... Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Detroit ... the spiritual aspect of TED Talks .... grappling with zoning issues in Houston and Los Angeles. Here’s what we’...