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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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  • Foxwoods Contracts With New Company To Book Entertainment

    Foxwoods Contracts With New Company To Book Entertainment
    Foxwoods Resort Casino announced Thursday that promoters of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and concert tours for Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Kanye West will be booking musical performances at its Connecticut casino and anywhere else...
  • Kanye West no fan of wordy novels

    "SOMETIMES people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. ... I am a proud non-reader of books," said tycoon Kanye West. He's the man who tried to wrest Taylor Swift's MTV Video Award out of her winning hands. He also finally...
  • Happy 20th to Da Brat's 'Funkdafied'

    Happy 20th to Da Brat's 'Funkdafied'
    Pop quiz: Who was the first solo female rapper to have an album go platinum? Missy Elliott? Lil' Kim? Nicki Minaj? No one would blame you for guessing any of those iconic rappers. You'd be wrong, though. Chicago rapper Da Brat set that benchmark with her...
  • Las Vegas: Kanye, Lionel Richie, Outkast set for Life is Beautiful

    Kanye West, Lionel Richie and Outkast will be among the musical acts at the Life is Beautiful festival, which will return this fall to Las Vegas with an expanded version of last year’s launch. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday for the 2014...
  • Why I am supposed to care about Kanye West?

    With all the things going on in Chicago that are truly newsworthy, can someone please explain the editorial justification for running the story about the effort by a local artist to initiate a “draft Kanye West for mayor of Chicago" campaign? With...
  • Beyonce tops Forbes' most powerful celebs list

    Pop-R&B diva Beyonce tops Forbes magazine’s annual list of “The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities,” a ranking in which pop musicians occupy half of the top 10 slots. The list combines celebs’ earnings with traditional...
  • Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week

     
    Here are the Top 5 Concerts of the coming Week: 1. WILLIE NELSON/ALISON KRAUSS Numbers alone could tell why the double bill of Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss is the top concert of the week. Nelson has released more than......
  • Amazon ofrece un servicio limitado de música en streaming con Prime

    Amazon ofrece un servicio limitado de música en streaming con Prime
    Amazon.com lanzó el jueves un servicio de música en streaming que es gratuito con su programa de suscripción Prime de 99 dólares anuales, pero ofrece una selección más pequeña de éxitos recientes que rivales como Spotify y Beats Music de Apple. La nueva...
  • Watch: Pulp says goodbye, perhaps, in trailer for concert documentary

    Watch: Pulp says goodbye, perhaps, in trailer for concert documentary
    It hardly made the same splash as Jay Z and Kanye West's club-sized Samsung gig or Lady Gaga's Doritos-sponsored barf-a-thon, but one of the lower-key delights at this year's South by Southwest music festival was the world premiere of "Pulp: A Film...
  • Lana del Rey says, 'I wish I was dead already'? Wow.

    Lana Del Rey reportedly says she wishes she were dead -- another member of the so-called 27 Club, along with her heroes Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain. And that sentiment coming so soon after the "Born to Die" singer-songwriter was the star performer...
  • Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington are among Women in Film winners

    Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington are among Women in Film winners
    Actresses Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchett and Eva Longoria and director Jennifer Lee ("Frozen") were among the honorees at the Women in Film 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards in L.A. on Wednesday. And actress Rose Byrne won the group's Max Mara Face of the...