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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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    When it comes to big-name albums, it's becoming rare for release dates to be announced much in advance. The element of surprise is a big bonus, and social media spread the word like wildfire. So, rather then tell us ahead of time, everybody's trying to...
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    While you were still hungover from Friday night, Rihanna offered the first legit taste of her upcoming album.  Without warning -- which is quickly becoming pop’s new standard for music releases -- Saturday afternoon the pop star dropped “...
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    Aphex Twin streams new EP 'Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments 2'
    It's a wonderful time to be an Aphex Twin fan. Until last year, the long-hibernating electronic composer/producer born Richard D. James hadn't released new music since the mid-'00s. Then in 2014 he delivered a return-to-his-people record, "Syro," that...
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    In the opening measures of Björk's new album, "Vulnicura," the Icelandic artist offers a direct statement of purpose, one involving personal upheaval she describes as "a juxtapositioning fate." Mentioning "moments of clarity as so rare, I better...
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    Mike Tyson colaborará en el nuevo disco de Madonna
    Nueva York, 20 ene (EFEUSA).- El boxeador Mike Tyson debutará en el mundo de la música de la mano nada menos que de Madonna, pues colaborará en la canción "Iconic", que se incluirá en "Rebel Heart", el próximo disco de la polifacética artista, que...
  • Let Romney's rebranding begin: Anti-poverty warrior? Cyborg?

     Let Romney's rebranding begin: Anti-poverty warrior? Cyborg?
    Rising like a well-coiffed, buttoned-down phoenix from the ashes of his wildly unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has politely expressed interest in running again. But this time, he and his handlers assert, it will not be the same Mitt...
  • 'Pale Emperor' ushers in the return of Marilyn Manson

    'Pale Emperor' ushers in the return of Marilyn Manson
    Marilyn Manson reached into his pocket and flicked open a switchblade. "The Roman Emperor Constantius was referred to as the 'Pale Emperor.' He liked to dress up as a woman and [torture] men and have them dance for him," Manson said in a candlelit,...
  • Garance Dore moves fashion forward

    Garance Dore moves fashion forward
    One of the original street-style bloggers, Garance Dore is also one of the most successful. With unwavering warmth, she has parlayed the appetite for her perspective into a Vogue Paris column, collaborations with Dior, J.Crew and Tiffany & Co., and front-...
  • How to spend Valentine's Day dinner with Kimye, sort of

    How to spend Valentine's Day dinner with Kimye, sort of
    Remember the restaurant that hosted a Beyonce and Jay-Z-themed Valentine's Day dinner last year? Well Brucie, that restaurant in Brooklyn, has decided to celebrate a different couple this year. Introducing the Kimye Valentine's Day dinner.  In case you'...
  • After leak, Bjork releases new album 'Vulnicura' two months early

    After leak, Bjork releases new album 'Vulnicura' two months early
    The Iceland avant-pop singer Bjork has released her new album two months early after the record leaked online earlier this week. "Vulnicura," her first release since 2011's album/iPhone app "Biophilia," was announced a few weeks back when a hand-scribbled...