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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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  • Erica Campbell of gospel duo Mary Mary follows her own path

     Erica Campbell of gospel duo Mary Mary follows her own path
    As half of the popular gospel duo Mary Mary, Erica Campbell has spent the last 15 years beside her younger sister, Tina. Together they've created hit songs such as "Get Up" and "Shackles (Praise You)," as well as a reality television series soon to...
  • On 'Vulnicura,' Bjork is heavy and at her most personal

    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...
  • Students' creativity showcased

    Students' creativity showcased
    Sunrise is spotlighting the artistic talent of Broward County high school students with its "On the Edge" exhibit. Thirty pieces were chosen for the juried show, on display through Jan. 30 at the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery. It is a creative...
  • Suge Knight, a link who'd lost connection

    Marion "Suge" Knight and Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006, long after his numerous legal run-ins had alienated him from most reputable companies and his flagship artists had left. Yet he still made it past velvet ropes. When Knight got...
  • Grammys: Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith duet set

    Grammys: Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith duet set
    The Grammys have arranged a duet for Mary J. Blige and top nominee Sam Smith on Sunday's telecast. The broadcast also will feature the pairing of Beck and Chris Martin of Coldplay on a Beck song as well as a duet between country performers Brandy...
  • 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'...
  • For John Legend, love and social protest make for an 'interesting mix'

    For John Legend, love and social protest make for an 'interesting mix'
    John Legend navigates through an obstacle course of Hollywood industry folk — photographers, a publicist, celebrity handlers, a model — all of whom inhabit the kitchen and living room of his Hollywood Hills home. The model is his wife,...
  • 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...
  • Those wild musical pairings on show? Thank Ken Ehrlich

    Those wild musical pairings on show? Thank Ken Ehrlich
    Along with the actual handing out of trophies, the annual Grammy Awards ceremony has become as much about unexpected — and sometimes utterly head-scratching — collaborations among disparate musicians for the national TV broadcast. Just...
  • Grammy predictions: Who will dominate? Beyonce? Sam Smith? Pharrell? Sia?

    Will Beyoncé reign as queen of the Grammys, or will the pop diva be dethroned by newcomer Sam Smith? The AP makes educated guesses at who will dominate music's biggest night Sunday, when Smith, Beyoncé and Pharrell are the top contenders with six...