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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Fall arts preview 2014: Pop music and jazz listings

    Fall arts preview 2014: Pop music and jazz listings
    A look at notable concerts and albums in pop and jazz. Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, AFI Sept. 15 Three bands from the upper tiers of today's hard rock team up for a big triple bill. Linkin Park has a new album, "The Hunting Party," that strips...
  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian land in gated Hidden Hills

    Kanye West, Kim Kardashian land in gated Hidden Hills
    Rapper and producer Kanye West and his wife, television personality Kim Kardashian, recently bought an estate behind gates in Hidden Hills that had been listed at $21.25 million, The Times has confirmed. The couple purchased the French countryside-...
  • When it comes to free tickets, City Hall should just say no

    How soon they forget. It was only three years ago that four Los Angeles City Council members — including Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was then a councilman — and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were fined thousands of dollars for accepting...
  • Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Ellingson dishes her wedding details

    Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Ellingson dishes her wedding details
    Angel in white, Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Ellingson is sharing details of her summer wedding in the upcoming issue of Brides magazine. The model, who donned the lingerie brand's 3-D printed wings at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, wed...
  • Stars and Science Align for Stand Up To Cancer

    In the late afternoon of Sept. 5, celebrities, researchers and others interested in fighting for our health merged at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the fourth biennial fundraiser for Stand Up To Cancer - an event that executive producer Gwyneth...
  • Made in America L.A.: Day 1 sizzles, Top Dawg claims throne

    Made in America L.A.: Day 1 sizzles, Top Dawg claims throne
    During the first day of the Made in America festival, which had its Los Angeles debut in Grand Park this weekend, a hot and cloudless Saturday sunburned a lot of music fans before the Cali breeze drifted in at dusk to cool the crowd and relax the vibe. ...
  • Made in America festival: 5 things we learned from Day 1

    Made in America festival: 5 things we learned from Day 1
    The first day of the Made in America festival featured a diverse slate of acts (Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities), pounding heat, snarled lines aplenty, busy porta johns, shirtless bros, girls in floppy hats and everything else that comes...
  • Made in America Philadelphia: Festival temporarily stalled by rain

    As festival-goers at the Los Angeles edition of the Budweiser Made in America fest sought relief from the heat Sunday, the Philadelphia edition of the two-day concert had to be temporarily halted due to severe weather. Two songs into Spoon’s 6 p....
  • Searing sets save Made in America L.A.

     Searing sets save Made in America L.A.
    What makes a good Southern California music festival? Quality acts, artfully selected, with pleasant surprises and an overarching vision. Easy access to essentials for enjoying — not just surviving — the daylong adventures. Accessible good...