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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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  • Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week

     
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  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Time Scanners' and more

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Time Scanners' and more
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    Lily Allen returns with anti-diva pop
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  • Lolla 2014 lineup daily breakdown

    Lolla 2014 lineup daily breakdown
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  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Vogue cover released

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Vogue cover released
    Vogue magazine has released the cover of its April edition featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.  The cover photo features Kanye hugging Kim, who is wearing a wedding dress and displaying her massive engagement ring. The rapper proposed to the...
  • Why did Kim Kardashian scream bloody murder?

    Why did Kim Kardashian scream bloody murder?
    Most new couples inspire good will and good wishes. Not Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Craig Ferguson poked fun Wednesday on "The Late Late Show." "Did you know that casinos in Las Vegas are now taking bets on when Kim and Kanye will divorce? I...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West to wed at Versailles, E! News says

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West to wed at Versailles, E! News says
    E! News, which has the inside track on all things Kardashian, is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will marry at Versailles. Were you expecting a quiet church wedding in a secluded spot? E! is reporting that the guest list will be held to...
  • 'SNL': Maya Rudolph wows as Beyonce

    'SNL': Maya Rudolph wows as Beyonce
    The "Saturday Night Live" season finale turned into a wacky alumni reunion, and the pleasure of seeing surprise guest stars offset the uneven writing. Maybe "SNL" should load up on surprise cameos next season. Maya Rudolph popped in as Beyonce to...
  • Chief Keef's success, personal problems closely tied

    Chief Keef's success, personal problems closely tied
    Chief Keef is living the dream. Over the past few years he has risen from obscurity to prominence as an aspiring rapper. He's a household name with a multi-million dollar deal with Interscope Records. His videos rack up views in the millions, major...
  • Lady Gaga delivers complex message at SXSW

    Lady Gaga delivers complex message at SXSW
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Lady Gaga wants to have her snack chips and eat them too. During her keynote address (actually a softball interview) Friday, Gaga attacked naysayers who criticized her for performing at the South by Southwest Music Conference for a...