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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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  • Travis Barker Buys Cheviot Hills Contemporary

    BUYER: Travis Barker LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $4,000,000 SIZE: 4,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms YOUR MAMA'S NOTES: After more than a decade in a series of multimillion dollar tract homes of the semi-Mediterranean persuasion -- three...
  • Nicki Minaj scores, with help from Beyonce and Sir Mix-a-Lot

    Nicki Minaj scores, with help from Beyonce and Sir Mix-a-Lot
    Last week Nicki Minaj was everywhere, from a Google doodle to perched atop the Statue of Liberty to being launched into space Рwith the help of Photoshop, of course. An image of Minaj in sneakers, itty-bitty pink bikini and striking a pose that...
  • Kim Kardashian unhappy with her big butt

    Kim Kardashian unhappy with her big butt
    Sure, there's a lot wrong with the world, but Kim Kardashian is unhappy with her look after giving birth, Access Hollywood reports. "No matter what anyone says, you know how you feel in clothes, and everything is a little too tight," Kardashian told Liz...
  • Duchess of Cambridge wears McQueen to WWI commemoration

    Duchess of Cambridge wears McQueen to WWI commemoration
    The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cream-colored Alexander McQueen coat and a hat by Jane Taylor on Monday morning when she and her husband, Prince William, attended a ceremony in Liege, Belgium, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I....
  • Hard Summer fest: A$AP Mob, Flosstradamus, Skrillex with Diplo

    Hard Summer fest: A$AP Mob, Flosstradamus, Skrillex with Diplo
    “What kind of rave ends at 11?” The question posed by a straggly bearded bro on the Hard Summer shuttle bus was one of many heading into the South El Monte festival’s first day over the weekend. Another: Why did the New York rap...
  • Kendrick Lamar film to debut at Sundance Next at Ace Hotel

    Kendrick Lamar film to debut at Sundance Next at Ace Hotel
    Kendrick Lamar always referred to his album "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" as a "short film" in the liner notes. Now he's got an actual short film to accompany it. "m.A.A.d." is a 14-minute experimental documentary that will debut as part of the Sundance...
  • Kim Kardashian on Rob Kardashian's wedding no-show: 'I ... understand'

    Kim Kardashian loves her brother Rob Kardashian a lot, she says. She also tough-loves him. But that doesn't mean they fought about anything when he bailed on her wedding day back in May. "He sent me a long e-mail the morning of, that he was going to...
  • Grammy-Winning R&B Singer Estelle to Perform at Domestic Violence Charity Gala

    By Linda Ge LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Grammy award winning R&B singer Estelle will perform at Face Forward Foundation's Fifth Annual Gala, "A Venetian Masquerade" on Sept. 13 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Founded by Deborah Alessi...
  • FKA Twigs bewitches crowd at the El Rey Theatre

    FKA Twigs bewitches crowd at the El Rey Theatre
    For a moment Tuesday night, FKA Twigs lost control.  The multitalented British singer and songwriter born Tahliah Barnett had just finished a round of dancing that left her quivering on the floor of the El Rey Theatre stage. When she got up, she...
  • Why do albums take so long to make?

    Why do albums take so long to make?
    On March 10, 1967, 15 days shy of her 25th birthday, Aretha Franklin released her 12th album and Atlantic Records debut, "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You." It was a breakthrough, triggering a string of four top 10 albums released over 15 months...
  • Cover band Amish Outlaws turns heads

    Six Amish men walk into a bar. They're all dressed in the simple garb of the plain people — broadcloth slacks, suspenders and straw hats. They get on stage, with guitars, a keyboard, microphones and amplifiers. One takes a seat behind the drum...