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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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  • Rihanna distances herself from her own back catalog

    Rihanna distances herself from her own back catalog
    Few artists have had a pop-chart run like Rihanna in recent years. But now the singer has told MTV that she hopes to step back from her previous hits on future performances. "I wanted to kind of just get back to... not that they weren’t real...
  • Five things we learned from Azealia Banks' Playboy interview

    Five things we learned from Azealia Banks' Playboy interview
    Late last year Azealia Banks surprise-released her debut album, “Broke With Expensive Taste.” While long-delayed, having been held up for two years by her label, the record was a reminder of why we fell in love with the brash Harlem spitfire...
  • SXSW music fest returning to its roots

    SXSW music fest returning to its roots
    The tone of the South by Southwest Music Conference, which opened Tuesday, is somewhat muted compared to the corporate crassness that dominated recent years. There's no giant snack dispenser masquerading as a stage, and there are fewer mega-pop stars...
  • Kendrick Lamar is an essential voice for Los Angeles and beyond

    Kendrick Lamar is an essential voice for Los Angeles and beyond
    The most memorable televised music performance of 2014 occurred on Nov. 15, when self-described Compton's human sacrifice Kendrick Lamar stood on the Studio 8H stage of "Saturday Night Live" and performed his then-new single, "i." It had been more than...
  • Paris Fashion Week: Designers find a rough, more real beauty on runway

    Paris Fashion Week: Designers find a rough, more real beauty on runway
    Paris Fashion Week had it all. There were over-the-top stage sets (Chanel's Brasserie Gabrielle constructed at the Grand Palais, complete with built-in mahogany bars, banquettes and waiters serving coffee and croissants). There were surprise runway...
  • Remembering Daevid Allen, co-founder of Soft Machine and Gong

    Remembering Daevid Allen, co-founder of Soft Machine and Gong
    Daevid Allen, the influential poet, musician and iconoclast best known for co-founding avant-rock bands the Soft Machine and Gong, has died, according to an announcement on his Facebook page. Allen, 77, died after complications from cancer. The artist,...
  • President Obama talks Kanye West on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    President Obama talks Kanye West on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
    President Obama had several things on his mind when he stopped off in Hollywood on Thursday to visit “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In addition to showing a sense of humor with the all-President Obama edition of Kimmel’s regular “Mean...
  • Review: 'Mr. West' by Sarah Blake

    Review: 'Mr. West' by Sarah Blake
    If you set out to write a poetry collection about Kanye West, someone who is himself arguably one of the most brilliant and influential poets of the 21st century so far, then it had better be good. Sarah Blake's debut book, "Mr. West" — impressive...
  • Madonna: 'Caring about what people think is the death of all artists'

    Madonna: 'Caring about what people think is the death of all artists'
    Madonna opens her strong new album with “Living for Love,” a jubilant house jam about moving beyond a debilitating breakup. But love, of course, is only one of the things that pop’s most paradoxical superstar is living for these days....
  • LL Cool J hosts Silver Circle Gala honoring Leslie Moonves

    LL Cool J hosts Silver Circle Gala honoring Leslie Moonves
    The event: LL Cool J brought a burst of star light to Monday’s Silver Circle Gala, as host of the Venice Family Clinic’s 33rd annual fundraiser. Sponsored by the UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine, the affair...
  • Madonna channels defiance and devotion on confident 'Rebel Heart'

    Madonna channels defiance and devotion on confident 'Rebel Heart'
    Madonna named her 13th studio album “Rebel Heart.” The title fits the Madge mold of past titles: adjectives, a noun or two, perhaps a preposition, combined to suggest a loose theme. “Like a Virgin,” “Ray of Light,”...