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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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  • Smith and Sheeran win, Kanye stirs it up at UK's Brit Awards

    Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran each won a pair of prizes Wednesday at Britain's leading music awards — but it took Kanye West to introduce some edge, with a song that proved too strong for television. And Madonna gave the Brit Awards an unscripted moment...
  • E! denies report of $100-million Kardashian deal

    E! denies report of $100-million Kardashian deal
    Like it or not, the Kardashians may outlast us all. Page Six is reporting that the clan has signed a deal that will bring the reality TV family back to the cable network for four more years for a cool $100 million -- supposedly a record for a reality TV...
  • Jack Ohman: Obama does love America, but has flirted with others

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani asserted the other day that he doesn't think that President Barack Obama loves America. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is mulling a presidential run in 2016, said he didn't know whether or not Obama loves America,...
  • Madonna falls off stage during Brit Awards performance

    Madonna falls off stage during Brit Awards performance
    Madonna has given music fans a shock when she tumbled down several stairs at the Brit Awards. The 56-year-old queen of pop was closing Wednesday's ceremony in London with a performance of her song "Living For Love." Madonna entered with a troupe of...
  • Indie game ‘Paparazzi’ has fun with the celebrity hunt

     
    THE PLAYER Mike Longley's first commercially released game started with an old Matthew McConaughey comment. “Cameras aren't guns,” the actor […]...
  • The ever-evolving album release plans of Kanye West and Drake

    The ever-evolving album release plans of Kanye West and Drake
    A little more information has come to light about two of the young year's most anticipated (or already bestselling) hip-hop LPs. Drake and Kanye West seem to have had an evolving plan for surprise releases on their respective 2015 records. In a new...
  • Paul McCartney named Firefly Music Festival headliner

    Paul McCartney named Firefly Music Festival headliner
    When the Firefly Music Festival released its 2015 lineup earlier this month, the first name was mysteriously blurred out, likely in an attempt to drum up some needed intrigue. Today the final headliner's name was released: Paul McCartney. The Dover,...
  • Don't be a Kanye at work

    Don't be a Kanye at work
    There are so many important things we can learn from famous people. For example, the key to being called "brave" is allowing yourself to be photographed without makeup. And better health is easily obtained by eating foods no one has ever heard of prepared...
  • Oscar 2015 -- the Lady Gaga show!

    "I'VE switched over to watching 'My 600-lb Life!'" That's an e-mail I received at the almost half-way point of Sunday night's (as usual) interminable Oscar telecast. WHAT IS there to legitimately critique every year, when a whole lot of privileged...
  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending February 23, 2015: Top Songs 1. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars), Mark Ronson 2. Love Me Like You Do, Ellie Goulding 3. Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran 4. FourFiveSeconds, Rihanna, Kanye West & P 5....
  • Oscars 2015: Everything isn't awesome

    Oscars 2015: Everything isn't awesome
    How do you summarize an Oscar ceremony in which normally appealing host Neil Patrick Harris let smarminess make weak jokes even less funny, where several important issues (race relations, wage inequality, suicide, Alzheimer's, ALS) were addressed...