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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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  • What Clicked: The most popular stories for Sept. 22-28

    What Clicked: The most popular stories for Sept. 22-28
    Every time you click a RedEye link, an ear-splitting alarm goes off in our office. OK, so that's pretty far from truth. But we do have (not-so) complicated tools to track exactly what everyone is reading. They tell us a lot about you, dear reader....
  • Kim Kardashian's ups and downs, more from Paris Fashion Week

    Kim Kardashian's ups and downs, more from Paris Fashion Week
    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West are all over the place at Paris Fashion Week, sometimes with toddler North or her grandma Kris Jenner in tow. And it's not always smooth sailing. Kardashian West was attacked as she arrived at Balmain's Paris Fashion...
  • Paris Fashion Week: At Lanvin, luxury for every woman

    Paris Fashion Week: At Lanvin, luxury for every woman
    There were three tiny front-row places between them, but one enormous divide. At the Lanvin show on Thursday night, beloved first lady of French film Catherine Deneuve, dressed in a conservative black dress and heels, sat nearly next to reality TV show...
  • Interview: Introducing singer Jasmine V

    Interview: Introducing singer Jasmine V
    Jasmine V released her first single with rapper-of-the-moment Kendrick Lamar, “That’s Me Right There,” in August and is months away from releasing her debut studio album. How does she already have 1.68 million Twitter followers? V isn&...
  • Chuck Klosterman explores the dark side

    Chuck Klosterman explores the dark side
    Read "I Wear the Black Hat," Chuck Klosterman's book about villainy that includes his often-provocative takes on pop culture figures from Kanye West to Bill Clinton, and it's easy to imagine him standing by a set of railroad tracks, sneering and...
  • Paris Fashion Week: At Balmain, Rihanna looms too large

    Paris Fashion Week: At Balmain, Rihanna looms too large
    Skin is in -- skin wrapped in clear plastic, swathed in oversized, "Stop Making Sense" era suits, and spangled to high heaven, at least according to Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, who showed his spring collection on Thursday during Paris Fashion...
  • CBS cancels plan to air Rihanna song before Ravens game

    CBS cancels plan to air Rihanna song before Ravens game
    CBS has scrapped plans to feature Rihanna's song "Run This Town" during the opener for "Thursday Night Football," according to multiple reports. Rihanna's involvement presented an unfortunate coincidence: The singer, herself a victim of a physical...
  • Common announces AAHH! Fest for September, Dave Chappelle slated to host

    Common announces AAHH! Fest for September, Dave Chappelle slated to host
    Common announced the first AAHH! Fest on Wednesday, a collaboration between the legendary Chicago rapper via his Common Ground Foundation and Donda's House, Inc. (a foundation founded by Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith named after West's later mother...
  • Kanye West steals the stage at AAHH! Fest

    Kanye West steals the stage at AAHH! Fest
    The first annual AAHH! Fest, a community-focused concert effort between Common and his Common Ground Foundation and Donda's House Inc. (a creative arts foundation co-founded by Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith"), took place Sunday in Union Park....
  • Sean Combs finds a $39-million spot to display his Grammys

    Sean Combs finds a $39-million spot to display his Grammys
    Sean John Combs, a.k.a. Puff Daddy, P. Diddy or just plain Diddy, has bought a newly built mansion on the Westside for $39 million. Completed this year, the European-style villa has about 17,000 square feet of living space in a two-story main house with...
  • Aphex Twin's 'Syro': A labyrinthine EDM gem

    Aphex Twin's 'Syro': A labyrinthine EDM gem
    Few artists over the last few decades have as successfully thrived beneath various interfaces as Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin. A composer and beat-music innovator whose way with intricate electronic-synthetic melody spawned entire...