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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...
  • Polo pony and bottled water: fantasy gifts for William and Kate's baby

    Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, whose new baby girl was born Saturday morning. All is well, according to reports, and the parents, grandparents and royal great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II are all delighted, of course. A new...
  • Local Armenian families in Andover remember genocide

    Four generations of Susan Hazarvartian's family know the story of Verjene Masherejian. When they were in grade school, Hazarvartian told her two boys about the night the world changed for their great-grandmother, who lived in Armenia. The gunmen stormed...
  • Beyond the norm: 5 unusual college courses

    Who knew that climbing a tree and The Simpsons were scholarly enough to be college courses? In recent years, colleges have been offering stranger courses, bringing new light to education. 1. At Cornell University, you can relive your childhood...
  • As Tidal ebbs, Spotify and other rivals grow

    As Tidal ebbs, Spotify and other rivals grow
    Spotify may or may not be worth more than the entire U.S. recorded music business, but it has  reason to feel confident about its chances competing against Tidal.  The bad news out of Tidal's office has been unrelenting -- a CEO switch, reports of...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West video-leak lawsuit can proceed

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's lawsuit against the co-founder of YouTube over leaked footage of their marriage proposal should move forward, a California appeals court ruled Wednesday. Kardashian and West have shown a likelihood they could win their...
  • Kim Kardashian on Bruce Jenner: 'Is it a hard adjustment? Yes'

    Kim Kardashian on Bruce Jenner: 'Is it a hard adjustment? Yes'
    Bruce Jenner said in his interview with Diane Sawyer that "Kimberly" had been "by far the most accepting" of his kids and stepkids regarding his transition from male to female, as well as "the easiest to talk to." Now Kim Kardashian is the first family...
  • Bruce Jenner: 'I am a woman'

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary television interview, Jenner told the world that he identifies as a woman and has felt gender...
  • Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender, says 'I am a woman'

    In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary television interview, Jenner told the world that he identifies as a woman and has felt gender confusion since he was a...
  • When will new music be released? These days, it's anyone's guess

    When will new music be released? These days, it's anyone's guess
    For Kanye West fans, the arrival of a new record is a given. It's got a name, "So Help Me God." Producers are attached. He executed his prerequisite stage-storming, attention-grabbing viral moment at the Grammy Awards. Paul McCartney, we have been...
  • Guest Column: The mood in Yerevan 100 years later

    Guest Column: The mood in Yerevan 100 years later
    When I arrived in Yerevan on April 16, the buzz created by Kim Kardashian’s and Kanye West’s visit still lingered. The city was energized as the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration approached. The city is blooming with tulips among the...