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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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  • OnCue Comes Home To Bring His Passion For Hip Hop To Infinity

    OnCue Comes Home To Bring His Passion For Hip Hop To Infinity
    Geoff Sarubbi, the hip-hop artist known as OnCue, was a skinny 15-year-old kid from Newington when he first rapped publicly at Toad's Place in New Haven. At home, he'd already started recording his own tracks and collaborating with older musicians...
  • Memorial Day parties: 8 ways to spend your weekend

    Memorial Day parties: 8 ways to spend your weekend
    Our friend Memorial Day is a good excuse to up the Sunday Funday ante. Picture drinking fish bowls poolside, downing a funky-fresh dose of soul jams, gobbling up crawfish by the handful. Find all of the above and more at these eight Memorial Day weekend...
  • Nick Cannon's 'Wild 'N Out' helps launch comedians' careers

    Nick Cannon remembers spending about $100,000 to film a pilot starring emerging comedian Kevin Hart, hoping to gauge interest with TV networks that didn't understand the show's concept. It certainly made sense to MTV. "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out"...
  • New albums: A$AP Rocky; Elle King; Faith No More

    A$AP Rocky "At.Long.Last.A$AP" (RCA (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)1/2) Harlem rapper and part-time fashion model gets trippy on "A.L.L.A.," the surprisingly psychedelic follow-up to 2013's "Long.Live.A$AP." The album mourns the January death of...
  • Kim Kardashian says dress caught fire; Pharrell rescued her

    It's an eventful time for Kim Kardashian: A new baby coming, a huge transition for her stepfather, and now a fire emergency, with none other than Pharrell and his wife to the rescue. Kardashian reported on social media Tuesday that her dress caught...
  • Billboard Music Awards: Kylie, Kendall Jenner booed; Kanye West bleeped

    Billboard Music Awards: Kylie, Kendall Jenner booed; Kanye West bleeped
    The Billboard Music Awards on Sunday turned weird for the Kardashian/Jenner family. Kylie and Kendall Jenner were booed when they came onstage to introduce their brother-in-law, Kanye West. Then television censors bleeped out part of his performance. [Fox...
  • On red carpet at CFDA Fashion Awards, individuality, basic black win

    On red carpet at CFDA Fashion Awards, individuality, basic black win
    Among the winners at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards held Monday night in New York City, there were some well-knowns (Tom Ford and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row, who took the Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year Awards, respectively) and some...
  • Caitlyn Jenner's first Vanity Fair cover is a smash

    Caitlyn Jenner's first Vanity Fair cover is a smash
    Caitlyn Jenner was presented to the world Monday via the cover of Vanity Fair. The accompanying article by Buzz Bissinger follows the woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner through 10 hours of facial feminization surgery in March to the cover photo shoot by...
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting baby No. 2

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting baby No. 2
    Is maternity wear in Kim Kardashian's future again? She told Glamour that she and her husband, Kanye West, are expecting their second child. [Glamour] President Obama was the first person to receive the new MTM two-pack of sneakers that are being...
  • Coachella 2015: Drake finds redemption on his own

    Coachella 2015: Drake finds redemption on his own
    During his closing set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night, Drake made it clear he didn’t come armed with a scene-stealing special guest this time. “I came out here to handle business by myself," he said a third...
  • Spotify: 99 problems but Jay Z ain't one

    Spotify: 99 problems but Jay Z ain't one
    Jay Z is used to success. The rapper has 13 No. 1 albums to his name, built an estimated net worth of $550 million and is married to pop megastar Beyoncé. His record as a business mogul has also turned out hits. Jay Z ran landmark hip-hop label Def...