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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...
  • Black Madam: Amber Rose hired me to plump her posterior

    A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer with an illegal buttocks injection name-dropped her way through testimony Friday, saying one of the celebrities who sought her out became "a walking billboard" for her work. Padge-...
  • 'SNL': Dakota Johnson gets slapped

    'SNL': Dakota Johnson gets slapped
    After scoring huge ratings for a 40th anniversary special, "Saturday Night Live" returned this weekend with a forgettable episode. It's never a good sign when the musical guest, in this case Alabama Shakes, is the best thing in the comedy show. But...
  • Debate rages over color of dress photographed in rare light

    It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white? Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold...
  • Kanye West tweets apology to Beck for Grammys disruption

    Kanye West is saying he's sorry to Beck on Twitter. The incendiary 37-year-old hip-hop artist took to the social media site Thursday to publicly apologize to the 44-year-old musician who won four trophies at the Grammys earlier this month. He also...
  • Madonna, she's not like other girls

    "I LIVE my life like a masochist. Hearing my father say/'I told you so; I told you so. Why can't you be like other girls? I said: 'Oh, no, that's not me/And I don't think it ever will be'." Those are some of Madonna's lyrics from the title track of her...
  • Rapper Logic At The Webster

    Rapper Logic At The Webster
    The internet is truly the great equalizer. In 2012, the video for "All I Do," a single from Maryland rapper Logic's first "Young Sinatra" mixtape, topped a million views on YouTube; before long, Logic signed with Def Jam Recordings and started working...
  • Madonna falls off stage during Brit Awards performance

    Madonna falls off stage during Brit Awards performance
    Madonna has given music fans a shock when she tumbled down several stairs at the Brit Awards. The 56-year-old queen of pop was closing Wednesday's ceremony in London with a performance of her song "Living For Love." Madonna entered with a troupe of...
  • Kevin Garnett a winner in emotional return to Wolves

    All the years he'd been gone and all the thunderous standing ovations he received when he returned to Target Center with the Celtics and Nets, and Kevin Garnett still never fully realized just how much the Minnesota fans loved the franchise's biggest...
  • Emile Haynie tells his own story on 'We Fall'

    Emile Haynie tells his own story on 'We Fall'
    Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before: A successful pop producer with ties to Bruno Mars assembles an unlikely crew of guest stars to make his own album of classically minded songs. No, it’s not Mark Ronson, who enlisted rapper...
  • E! denies report of $100-million Kardashian deal

    E! denies report of $100-million Kardashian deal
    Like it or not, the Kardashians may outlast us all. Page Six is reporting that the clan has signed a deal that will bring the reality TV family back to the cable network for four more years for a cool $100 million -- supposedly a record for a reality TV...