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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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  • Social media buzz the new barometer of a hit

    Social media buzz the new barometer of a hit
    On Tuesday, while the world was otherwise occupied, an unsigned Brooklyn R&B band called Phony Ppl with a scant 6,800 Twitter followers released an album called "Yesterday's Tomorrow." The album was two years in the making, and its 15 songs connect the...
  • Students' creativity showcased

    Students' creativity showcased
    Sunrise is spotlighting the artistic talent of Broward County high school students with its "On the Edge" exhibit. Thirty pieces were chosen for the juried show, on display through Jan. 30 at the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery. It is a creative...
  • Music producer Mark Ronson scores his own hit with 'Uptown Funk'

    Music producer Mark Ronson scores his own hit with 'Uptown Funk'
    Renowned for years as a behind-the-scenes hitmaker, Mark Ronson clearly remembers the conversation about his potential solo career. It was early 2008, not long after that year's Grammy Awards, where the producer shared several prizes, including record...
  • 'Empire' sends a powerful LGBT message

    Fox's dark new television series "Empire" has what's expected of a soap opera set in the world of hip-hop. Power, sex, drugs and violence are among the key plot points, and there's even original music (supervised by platinum hit maker Timbaland) for extra...
  • Bonnaroo Announcing 2015 Lineup A Month Early, With A Twist

    Bonnaroo Announcing 2015 Lineup A Month Early, With A Twist
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bonnaroo is announcing the music fest's lineup for this year's event a month earlier than usual, but there's a twist. The Tennessean┬ásays the 2015 Bonnaroo performers will be announced Tuesday, one at a time in a sort of...
  • Mayo: Before we pay for fracking, FPL keeps spinning

    Forget Flicker Plunder & Loot. I've got a new nickname for FPL: Feelings Pierced Lightly. If corporations are indeed people, then Florida Power & Light is the Kanye West of electric monopolies. Oh so sensitive. Apparently it's not enough that the...
  • Bonnaroo festival lineup includes Billy Joel, Mumford& Sons, Kendrick Lamar and Robert Plant

    The 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will feature a star-studded lineup including Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons and Kendrick Lamar. Robert Plant, Deadmau5, and Florence + the Machine will also perform during the four-day event that kicks off June 11 in...
  • 'Uptown Funk' takes Mark Ronson up the pop charts, and more

    Mark Ronson has multiple Grammy Awards and the current No. 1 song in the U.S. and U.K. Still, he had to agree when a photographer recently called him "the white guy in the Bruno Mars video." Ronson, soft-spoken and analytical, is happy to stand just...
  • House sale is in the cards for Dennis Miller

    House sale is in the cards for Dennis Miller
    Comic actor, writer and talk-show host Dennis Miller has listed his beach home in Carpinteria for $22.5 million. Set on more than half an acre along 63 feet of sandy beach, the 6,320-square-foot home was designed by architect Don Nulty and built in...
  • Track review: Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney, 'Only One'

    Track review: Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney, 'Only One'
    Many may want to dismiss "Only One," which arrived Jan. 1 and is the first track released from a collaboration between Kanye West and none other than Sir Paul McCartney, for reasons such as: - It's typical of the Chicago-raised, self-proclaimed...
  • 'Magician' conjures up the wonder that was Orson Welles

    Kanye West never cut a duet with Orson Welles. But younger people should know him, and Chuck Workman's fine, brisk and thoroughly entertaining overview of Orson, "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles," easily makes the case why. In...