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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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  • Aphex Twin's 'Syro': A labyrinthine EDM gem

    Aphex Twin's 'Syro': A labyrinthine EDM gem
    Few artists over the last few decades have as successfully thrived beneath various interfaces as Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin. A composer and beat-music innovator whose way with intricate electronic-synthetic melody spawned entire...
  • 'David Bowie Is': How do you fit a rocker into an art museum?

    'David Bowie Is': How do you fit a rocker into an art museum?
    Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...
  • Kardashian mom Kris Jenner files for divorce from Bruce Jenner

    Kardashian momager Kris Jenner filed for divorce from Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner on Monday.  The couple separated last fall. Their large his-hers-and-ours brood (many of them reality-TV staples) includes their daughters, Kylie and model Kendall;...
  • Colbie Caillat Up-Sizes to Hidden Hills

    BUYER: Colbie Calliat LOCATION: Hidden Hills, CA PRICE: $6,100,000 SIZE: 8,400 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms YOUR MAMA'S NOTES: Earlier this month singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat sold her residence in Westlake Village, CA, for $1....
  • Kim Kardashian dresses up and strips down, all for British GQ

    Kim Kardashian, woman of the year? Yup, that's what they're saying across the pond, where British GQ on Tuesday celebrated the title it had bestowed upon her -- while at the same time honoring its various selections for men of the year. Kardashian,...
  • Oxygen Orders 5 Series, Promotes Rod Aissa to Head Original Programming

    Oxygen has ordered five new unscripted series as part of its overhaul of the cabler to target a younger, multicultural female audience. The NBCUniversal outlet has also promoted Rod Aissa to exec VP of original programming and development. The exec,...
  • Orioles, Ravens stars and coaches take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Orioles, Ravens stars and coaches take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has reached the highest levels of Baltimore sports, and we should all be glad for it. In the last day, Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, plus Ravens kicker Justin...
  • North West fits in at Balenciaga, sits front row with Kim, Kanye

    North West fits in at Balenciaga, sits front row with Kim, Kanye
    Fashion's front row just got even more youthful: North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, joined her parents at the Balenciaga show in Paris on Wednesday. The 15-month-old daughter of the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star and the...
  • AC/DC unveils 'Rock or Bust,' announces Malcolm Young's departure

    AC/DC unveils 'Rock or Bust,' announces Malcolm Young's departure
    There are metal bands, punk bands, drone bands, boogie rock bands and sludge bands. And then there is AC/DC, the most enduring, primal and Scottish-Australian of them all. The band that transcends all genres but ROCK-rock has announced its new album,...
  • 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-...