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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 blames past 'negative' behavior on his own 'terrible twos'

    Our little Kanye's growing up! Kanye West has equated his bad behavior in recent years to his own version of the "terrible twos," which daughter North West is rolling into come June. "My daughter, she wants to express herself, but she just doesn't...
  • On 'Vulnicura,' Bjork is heavy and at her most personal

    In the opening measures of Björk's new album, "Vulnicura," the Icelandic artist offers a direct statement of purpose, one involving personal upheaval she describes as "a juxtapositioning fate." Mentioning "moments of clarity as so rare, I better...
  • Grammys 2015: Kanye West blasts Beck's album of the year win

    Grammys 2015: Kanye West blasts Beck's album of the year win
    Kanye West’s mock stage-rushing during Beck’s acceptance speech for album of the year at the Grammys initially seemed like a fun joke at his own expense. The last time West pulled a similar stunt, it was 2009, and he was protesting Taylor...
  • Kim Kardashian avoids Grammys red carpet wardrobe malfunction

    Kim Kardashian avoids Grammys red carpet wardrobe malfunction
    A sewing kit saved Kim Kardashian from a wardrobe malfunction at Sunday's Grammy Awards. A pocket fell off the elaborate sequined Jean Paul Gaultier gown she was wearing. Quick work with a needle and thread and safety pins saved the day before she took...
  • What's trending?: #2015Grammys, #ItsOnUs, Dean Smith, NWA, Better Call Saul

    What's trending?: #2015Grammys, #ItsOnUs, Dean Smith, NWA, Better Call Saul
    Grammys, Grammys, and more Grammys. Are you riding the Grammy wave with the rest of social media? Chances are, that you are. In addition to the annual celeb-packed awards show, here's what's trending today: 1. #Grammys2015 From an array of show-...
  • Grammys: Kanye West and awards-show etiquette

    Grammys: Kanye West and awards-show etiquette
    The recording academy dodged disaster Sunday night. Sure, the Grammys ran too long, but they could have been even longer if Kanye West had interrupted Beck. Viewers may have thought that West was spoofing himself and calling attention to the...
  • Grammy: Enrique Iglesias y Gina Rodríguez entre los presentadores | FOTOS

    Grammy: Enrique Iglesias y Gina Rodríguez entre los presentadores | FOTOS
     LOS ANGELES - Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias y Gina Rodríguez, reciente ganadora del Globo de Oro a la mejor actriz de telecomedia por "Jane the Virgin", serán algunos de los presentadores de la 57 edición de los Grammy que tendrá lugar hoy en Los Ángeles...
  • Kanye West says Beck should have given award to Beyonce

    Kanye West says Beck should have given award to Beyonce
    Kanye West almost pulled another Kanye at the Grammy Awards. West briefly popped up on stage as Beck accepted the album of the year award on Sunday for "Morning Phase," beating out expected victor Beyoncé. West smiled and quickly jumped down, but...
  • Ease up, Grammys: No need to force the TV-music magic

    Ease up, Grammys: No need to force the TV-music magic
    Last night was the Grammys, also known as The Show Determined to Make You Never Want to Hear One Note of "Stay With Me " Ever Again. And that was the record of the year in the music industry's annual celebration of (what's left of) itself. Imagine how...
  • Our look at The Grammy Awards, and ranking the performances from best to worst

    Our look at The Grammy Awards, and ranking the performances from best to worst
    Soulful singer Sam Smith made it his night Sunday at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, taking home four awards, all major ones, and giving easily the night’s best performance. The surprise wasn’t that Smith didn’t win the fifth –...
  • Kanye West almost pulls a Kanye on Beck as he claims Grammy Awards' album of the year prize

    Kanye West almost pulled another Kanye at the Grammy Awards. West briefly popped up on stage as Beck accepted the album of the year award on Sunday for "Morning Phase," beating out expected victor Beyoncé. West smiled and quickly jumped down, but not...