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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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  • Towkio doesn't want to be last to break big

    Towkio doesn't want to be last to break big
    Preston Oshita, the Chicago rapper better known as Towkio, has been working on some of the songs on his presumed breakthrough release, ".Wav Theory," for more than 18 months. ".Wav Theory" will come out when it's meant to come out, Towkio figures,...
  • Free hot hits from Lorde, Katy Perry, Drake, Rihanna

    Free hot hits from Lorde, Katy Perry, Drake, Rihanna
    Download 10 free hits from Lorde, Katy Perry, Drake and other hot artists from Google Play. Freebie downloads include  "Royals" by Lorde, "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry, "Crash My Party," from Luke Bryan, "Lithium," from Nirvana. There also are chart...
  • With Andrea Bocelli, you can ask anything

    With Andrea Bocelli, you can ask anything
    Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli speaks a little English, but he feels more comfortable doing interviews with a translator, which turns every Q&A into a really polite, exceedingly stilted game of Telephone. The plus side: You can ask him anything: How he...
  • Modest Mouse planning new album for 2015

    Modest Mouse planning new album for 2015
    Source: Getty Images HOT YEAR 2015 That’s when Modest Mouse will release a new record, the band’s first since “We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank” in 2007, revolt.tv reports. A new single, “Lampshades on Fire,&...
  • Tasty Tuesday -- William and Kate ... Miley and Patrick ... Madonna's stocking stuffers?!

    "YOU are right on the money about Judi Dench and Angie Dickinson! Both are class acts in the 'Boulevard of Bimbos!'" writes perennial fan David Cuthbert. I JUST love the expression which pertains to much of today's show business -- "Boulevard of Bimbos."...
  • Sam Smith, Beyoncé, Pharrell lead Grammy nominations

    Sam Smith, Beyoncé, Pharrell lead Grammy nominations
    A 22-year-old newcomer, U.K. soul-pop singer Sam Smith, joined Grammy mainstays Beyonce and Pharrell Williams with six nominations each on Friday for the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Smith dominated the four major categories, including a nomination for...
  • Her Minajesty: Bow down to Queen Nicki

    Her Minajesty: Bow down to Queen Nicki
    "$50K for a verse, no album out!" Nicki Minaj spits in the middle of her Earth-shattering guest spot on Kanye West's "Monster." Think about that for a second: When the track, which also features Jay Z, Rick Ross and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, first hit the...
  • Did Rihanna just spoil Kanye West 2015 tour secret?

    Did Rihanna just spoil Kanye West 2015 tour secret?
    Source: Getty Images Hit the road, Yeezy So ... Kanye West is touring in 2015? At least, according to Rihanna he is. The singer tweeted a promo link for her charity, Clara Lionel Foundation, which led to a bidding site for multiple prizes. Among them:...
  • Lorde's 'Mockingjay' soundtrack good, but misses Lawrence's haunting singing

    Who's the more powerful teenager: Katniss Everdeen or Lorde? Or to make it a musical question: In "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1," the box-office-topping third film adaptation from Suzanne Collins' novels, whose dulcet tones move the masses more?...
  • Watch Kanye West's World Aids Day concert in Times Square live

    Watch Kanye West's World Aids Day concert in Times Square live
    As part of a World Aids Day charity concert, Kanye West will be performing in Times Square in New York City. The concert will also include Bruce Springsteen and U2 (Chris Martin of Coldplay will be replacing Bono, who is out recuperating from a recent...
  • 'Hunger Games' soundtrack leaves listeners sated

    'Hunger Games' soundtrack leaves listeners sated
    Recorded as if in a humid forest just after midnight, the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" is an immersive experience, one overwrought enough to darken candlelit teenage bedrooms but deep enough to reward more advanced exploration....