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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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  • Kanye West performs at Chance the Rapper's open-mic event

    Kanye West performs at Chance the Rapper's open-mic event
    From college to high school: After Kanye West received his honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Monday, he performed at Chance the Rapper's open-mic night for high school students on the South Side. West sang "U Mad,"...
  • Kanye West is brilliant

    Kanye West is brilliant
    I am a god/hurry up with my damn massage — Kanye West Kanye West grew up in Chicago, the son of an English professor at Chicago State University. He briefly attended the American Academy of Art on Michigan Avenue, then left town to become a top-...
  • Will Chicago ever learn to appreciate Kanye West?

    Will Chicago ever learn to appreciate Kanye West?
    Take this as empty provocation if you must, but it's sincere: Kanye West, a guy who knows a thing or two about the artful mingling of provocation and sincerity, is the most important, influential cultural voice to emerge from Chicago in a generation,...
  • Quickly: 'Unhappy with Chick-fil-A? Eat somewhere else'

    Quickly: 'Unhappy with Chick-fil-A? Eat somewhere else'
    What's Quickly? It's where readers sound off on the issues of the day. Have a quote, question or quip? Call Quickly at (312) 222-2426 or email quickly@post-trib.com Any casino executives out there? Get one of those Majestic Star licenses and build a...
  • Quotes from Kanye: What he told art students day before his doctorate

    Quotes from Kanye: What he told art students day before his doctorate
    On Sunday night, Kanye West spoke to a packed room of about 400 students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His talk, hastily announced last week and only available to SAIC students and faculty, led to a land rush for tickets. These...
  • Bulls' series tied, but LeBron James' game-winner seems to give Cavs edge

    Bulls' series tied, but LeBron James' game-winner seems to give Cavs edge
    Frustration unlikely to fade for years consumed Taj Gibson at his locker Sunday after Cavaliers star LeBron James hit a fadeaway, 21-foot baseline jumper at the buzzer to beat the Bulls 86-84 at the United Center and suck the life out of a city. A...
  • Cavaliers assistant coach Tyronn Lue prevents costly mistake by David Blatt

    Cavaliers assistant coach Tyronn Lue prevents costly mistake by David Blatt
    As Derrick Rose's layup settled through the basket to tie Game 4 with 9.4 seconds left Sunday, Cavaliers coach David Blatt signaled for a timeout. One problem: The Cavaliers didn't have one. Associate head coach Tyronn Lue walked toward and pulled...
  • Kanye West receives School of Art Institute of Chicago honor

    It was a humble Kanye West who received an honorary doctorate from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The rapper told 900 graduates Monday that when he decided to create in apparel, film, performance, "it would have been easier if...
  • Justin Bieber, Kanye West take the Wango Tango stage with urgency

    Justin Bieber, Kanye West take the Wango Tango stage with urgency
    Justin Bieber stood on a platform riser, 50 feet above the field at the StubHub Center during Wango Tango on Saturday night. He looked utterly scared and alone. While the violin lines of “Where Are U Now” keened behind him, his face was...
  • Kanye West graduates, becomes Dr. West, gives speech

    Kanye West graduates, becomes Dr. West, gives speech
    Kanye West’s remarks Monday at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s commencement ceremony: "I am a pop artist. So my medium is public opinion and the world is my canvas. 'I’m sorry' is something that you can use a lot. It...
  • Kanye West goes overboard on Kim Kardashian West's Mother's Day gift

    Kanye West goes overboard on Kim Kardashian West's Mother's Day gift
    Kanye West has a reputation for being extravagant when it comes to gifts, and Mother's Day was no exception. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, mother of daughter North West, was in Brazil on business on Sunday, but no problem. He had her room decked with a...