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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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  • Kendrick Lamar film to debut at Sundance Next at Ace Hotel

    Kendrick Lamar film to debut at Sundance Next at Ace Hotel
    Kendrick Lamar always referred to his album "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" as a "short film" in the liner notes. Now he's got an actual short film to accompany it. "m.A.A.d." is a 14-minute experimental documentary that will debut as part of the Sundance...
  • Oscar-winning actor/screenwriter bringing his band to Sellersville Theater 1894

     
    An actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter will bring his rockabilly band to an area music venue, it was just announced. Billy Bob Thornton, who starred in such box-office hits as “Armageddon,” “Bad Santa” and “Bad New...
  • Academy Award-winning actor/screenwriter won't play area music show; fraudulent booking claimed

     
    An actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter won’t be bringing his rockabilly band to an area music venue after all. The venue apparently was the victim of what the band says is a fraudulent booking. Billy Bob Thornton, who starred in......
  • Cover band Amish Outlaws turns heads

    Six Amish men walk into a bar. They're all dressed in the simple garb of the plain people — broadcloth slacks, suspenders and straw hats. They get on stage, with guitars, a keyboard, microphones and amplifiers. One takes a seat behind the drum...
  • X returns to 'Los Angeles' at the Roxy

    X returns to 'Los Angeles' at the Roxy
    The best punk is a mix of power and restraint. The staple L.A punk band X had plenty of power on Thursday night at the Roxy, where it kicked off a four-night stand performing its best albums front-to-back.  Thursday’s set focused on 1980’s...
  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Time Scanners' and more

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Time Scanners' and more
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 13 - 19, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Time Scanners In the series' finale, a trip...
  • Oscar-winning actor/screenwriter bringing his band to Sellersville Theater 1894

    An actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter will bring his rockabilly band to an area music venue, it was just announced. Billy Bob Thornton, who starred in such box-office hits as "Armageddon," "Bad Santa" and "Bad New Bears" and won critical...
  • Gisele Bundchen, Carles Puyol deliver World Cup trophy

    Gisele Bundchen, Carles Puyol deliver World Cup trophy
    Brazilian super model Gisele Bundchen and former player Carles Puyol of Spain delivered the FIFA World Cup trophy to the pitch on Sunday before Germany's win over Argentina. The cup had traveled in style, in a custom Louis Vuitton trunk. Bundchen wore...
  • Kanye West, Iggy Azalea added to L.A.'s Made in America festival

    Kanye West and Iggy Azalea have been added to the West Coast lineup of the Budweiser Made in America festival slated to take place Aug. 30-31 at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, Live Nation unveiled on Wednesday. West will topline the final night...
  • Academy Award-winning actor/screenwriter won't play area music show; fraudulent booking claimed

    An actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter won't be bringing his rockabilly band to an area music venue after all. The venue apparently was the victim of what the band says is a fraudulent booking. Billy Bob Thornton, who starred in such box-office...
  • Kanye West and Iggy Azalea Join Made in America Festival L.A. Lineup

    Kanye West and Iggy Azalea will join the lineup of this year's Budweiser Made in America Music Festival in Los Angeles, held Aug. 30-31, the weekend before Labor Day. The Budweiser Made in America Festival is a two-day event held in Los Angeles' Grand...