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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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  • Pop music still lacks a gay breakout star

    Pop music still lacks a gay breakout star
    Frank Ocean made a bold, career-defining decision ahead of his 2012 debut album. Before "Channel Orange" was released, the R&B singer silenced the growing speculation about his sexual orientation. In a poignant letter, posted on Tumblr and initially...
  • Family a key factor in where Anthony decides to play

    Family a key factor in where Anthony decides to play
    When Carmelo Anthony was 8 years old, he moved from Brooklyn to Baltimore and struggled fitting in enough that the memories still affect him as a grown man. Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, Carmelo's son, turned 7 in March. Those seemingly insignificant bits of...
  • Kim Kardashian goes back to blond hair in New York City

    Kim Kardashian goes back to blond hair in New York City
    Kim Kardashian may have committed to Kanye West, but she's not about to commit to any one hair color: The reality-TV star went blond again Wednesday, posting a picture of her new look online. "It's baaaaack!!!! #BlondeHairDontCare," she captioned the...
  • 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...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West to wed at Versailles, E! News says

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West to wed at Versailles, E! News says
    E! News, which has the inside track on all things Kardashian, is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will marry at Versailles. Were you expecting a quiet church wedding in a secluded spot? E! is reporting that the guest list will be held to...
  • 'SNL': Maya Rudolph wows as Beyonce

    'SNL': Maya Rudolph wows as Beyonce
    The "Saturday Night Live" season finale turned into a wacky alumni reunion, and the pleasure of seeing surprise guest stars offset the uneven writing. Maybe "SNL" should load up on surprise cameos next season. Maya Rudolph popped in as Beyonce to...
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Vogue cover released

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Vogue cover released
    Vogue magazine has released the cover of its April edition featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.  The cover photo features Kanye hugging Kim, who is wearing a wedding dress and displaying her massive engagement ring. The rapper proposed to the...
  • Lady Gaga delivers complex message at SXSW

    Lady Gaga delivers complex message at SXSW
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Lady Gaga wants to have her snack chips and eat them too. During her keynote address (actually a softball interview) Friday, Gaga attacked naysayers who criticized her for performing at the South by Southwest Music Conference for a...