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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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  • Paris Fashion Week: Move over Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto, this is Rick Owens' show

    Forget the clothes. Paris Fashion Week was nearly hijacked by a couple of platinum blondes on Thursday, as the freshly dyed locks of Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto stole the spotlight when they attended the Balmain and Lanvin fashion shows. At Lanvin,...
  • Prosecutors: Phony cosmetic surgeon was no medical expert

    Prosecutors: Phony cosmetic surgeon was no medical expert
    A Philadelphia madam-turned-faux cosmetic surgeon kept up the ruse of being a medical expert even as a 20-year-old dancer who received illegal buttocks injections began to die, prosecutors told jurors Friday as her murder trial went to a jury. The...
  • Checking In: College music chairman a Grammy winner — sort of

    Checking In: College music chairman a Grammy winner — sort of
    He's already known around campus as Dr. Tresler. And now, maybe, Dr. Music is in order. Matthew Tresler, the academic chairman for music at Irvine Valley College, is a newly minted Grammy winner — by proxy, at least. Conspirare, the Austin,...
  • When it comes to exes, Amber Rose got it right

    When it comes to exes, Amber Rose got it right
    Celebrities just can’t seem to get over it. Their past relationships, that is. I mean it’s at an all-time high in the past year or so. It’s as if no one can find any type of chill. From the ever-so-emotional Chris Brown blasting his...
  • Through 'Hamilton,' the Founding Fathers might once again make history

    Through 'Hamilton,' the Founding Fathers might once again make history
    The Founding Fathers famously had a way with words, but as reincarnated in Lin-Manuel Miranda's sensational musical "Hamilton," they can now bust a rhyme with the legendary MCs. These revolutionaries still wear frock coats and breeches, but when they...
  • 'Body sculptor' on trial in buttocks injection death finishes testifying

    'Body sculptor' on trial in buttocks injection death finishes testifying
    PHILADELPHIA — A Gothic hip-hop artist finished testifying Friday in her cosmetic-surgery murder trial but not before she asked to say something more to the jury. Padge-Victoria Windslowe looked dejected when her lawyer quickly shut down her...
  • Kim Kardashian goes platinum for Fashion Week

    Kim Kardashian goes platinum for Fashion Week
    Kim Kardashian made a fashion statement of her own at Balmain's show Thursday, showing off newly platinum locks. Not to be outdone, husband Kanye West arrived fashionably at Dries Van Noten's show, holding up the start. Solange Knowles did the same at...
  • 'Black Madam' out of hospital, murder trial still on hold

    'Black Madam' out of hospital, murder trial still on hold
    A transgender "body sculptor" is back in prison after spending two days in a Philadelphia hospital in the midst of her colorful murder-trial testimony. Padge-Victoria Windslowe is accused of killing a 20-year-old London dancer with illegal buttocks...
  • Kanye West says 'I'm not a designer,' but he's learning

    Kanye West says 'I'm not a designer,' but he's learning
    One of the most-talked-about shows during New York Fashion Week belonged to Kanye West, the rap artist and aspiring fashion designer. When he unveiled his collaborative apparel and footwear collection with Adidas Originals on Feb. 12, the first thing...
  • Madonna announces tour with Philly gig; hip-hop artist coming to Musikfest Cafe

    Madonna announces tour with Philly gig; hip-hop artist coming to Musikfest Cafe
    Madonna has announced a tour to support her new album "Rebel Heart," and it includes a stop at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. The singer will play the arena at 8 p.m. Sept. 24. Tickets, the prices of which have not been announced, will go on...
  • Black Madam: Amber Rose hired me to plump her posterior

    Black Madam: Amber Rose hired me to plump her posterior
    A Gothic hip-hop artist charged with killing a London break dancer with an illegal buttocks injection name-dropped her way through testimony Friday, saying one of the celebrities who sought her out became "a walking billboard" for her work. Padge-...