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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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  • Kanye West and Iggy Azalea Join Made in America Festival L.A. Lineup

    Kanye West and Iggy Azalea will join the lineup of this year's Budweiser Made in America Music Festival in Los Angeles, held Aug. 30-31, the weekend before Labor Day. The Budweiser Made in America Festival is a two-day event held in Los Angeles' Grand...
  • Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo wed in Mexico

    Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo wed in Mexico
    Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and "The Voice" married model Behati Prinsloo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Saturday. The bride wore a Marchesa gown and model Coco Rocha was one of her bridesmaids. [Newsday] After four years, Hermes women's wear  director...
  • Kanye West to release new album this fall; details new single

    With his most recent album and firstborn daughter both over a year old, Kanye West revealed the arrival of another creation. The rapper noted in a recent interview with GQ magazine that the follow up to the cutthroat “Yeezus” is planned...
  • After a five-year absence, La Roux returns with 'Trouble in Paradise'

     After a five-year absence, La Roux returns with 'Trouble in Paradise'
    "I'd rather never sell any records again and do what feels right than to not be true. There's too much of that already," La Roux's Elly Jackson says. Jackson is lounging poolside at her mid-city hotel the day after closing a teaser summer tour with a...
  • Friday's TV Highlights: 'A Capitol Fourth' on PBS

    Friday's TV Highlights: 'A Capitol Fourth' on PBS
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 29 - July 5, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies --------------------   SPECIALS The 4th of July Parade Live from...
  • Kanye West booed for latest onstage rant

    Kanye West has never been one to mince words. For better or worse (worse if you’re a president, pop star or a fashion house), you can count on West to speak his mind -- even if you just want to hear him plow through his catalog of hits. In what&...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West reportedly flipping Bel-Air mansion

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West reportedly flipping Bel-Air mansion
    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West might be looking to unload the mansion they've been painstakingly renovating.  The "Keeping Up With the Kardashianas" star and the rapper bought a 10,000-square-foot Bel-Air mansion in 2013 for $11 million with the...
  • Kim Kardashian hits Paris couture week with designer Valentino

    Kim Kardashian accompanied designer Valentino Garavani at his namesake couture show in Paris on Wednesday. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star walked into the show, held at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, arm-in-arm with the Italian brand's...
  • Mixtape mini-reviews: King Louie, Lil Durk, Sulaiman

    Mixtape mini-reviews: King Louie, Lil Durk, Sulaiman
    Several notable Chicago rappers have released mixtapes in the past few days. Here's how they fared: King L, "Tony"  *** (out of 4) Despite being one of the brightest stars of Chicago's nationwide rap boom in 2012, landing a deal with Epic records...
  • X returns to 'Los Angeles' at the Roxy

    X returns to 'Los Angeles' at the Roxy
    The best punk is a mix of power and restraint. The staple L.A punk band X had plenty of power on Thursday night at the Roxy, where it kicked off a four-night stand performing its best albums front-to-back.  Thursday’s set focused on 1980’s...
  • 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...