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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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  • SXSW 2015: The festival changes, but for the better?

    SXSW 2015: The festival changes, but for the better?
    A prevailing notion at the South by Southwest music festival, which concluded here Sunday, was that this year's edition delivered a much-needed course correction. Having spent the better part of a week trudging around downtown Austin — from...
  • King Kendrick: The Compton rapper's rise to hip-hop royalty

    King Kendrick: The Compton rapper's rise to hip-hop royalty
    With his third album “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar is firmly atop the rap world with his only peers being Kanye West and Drake. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that the now-27-year-old artist was even mentioned in the same breath...
  • Kendrick Lamar battles his demons, comes out a rap visionary on 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

    Kendrick Lamar battles his demons, comes out a rap visionary on 'To Pimp a Butterfly'
    If it wasn’t clear after 2012’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City,” an album instantly, justly heralded as a classic, Kendrick Lamar’s follow-up, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” confirms that he’s a genius. He’s here...
  • Russell Simmons plans for a hip-hop musical 'The Scenario'

    Music mogul Russell Simmons is producing a brand new stage musical that will celebrate three generations of hip-hop, from Run DMC to Kanye West. Simmons said Thursday that "The Scenario" will feature an original story written by author and hip-hop...
  • SXSW music fest returning to its roots

    SXSW music fest returning to its roots
    The tone of the South by Southwest Music Conference, which opened Tuesday, is somewhat muted compared to the corporate crassness that dominated recent years. There's no giant snack dispenser masquerading as a stage, and there are fewer mega-pop stars...
  • McCartney endorsement not enough for Kanye-protesting Glastonbury fans

    McCartney endorsement not enough for Kanye-protesting Glastonbury fans
    If collaborating with Paul McCartney on multiple singles isn't enough to convince Glastonbury fans of your rock-fest credibility, then what is? Glasto fans -- never exactly known for their polite reserve and decorum -- have begun circulating a mock...
  • Rolling Stones' lips unsealed?

    Rolling Stones' lips unsealed?
    The Rolling Stones' mysterious billboards were popping up all over Orlando last week, teasing a big March 19 announcement. Based on what we know as of press time, we can confidently guess that the announcement concerned a new U.S. tour that includes a...
  • Rihanna distances herself from her own back catalog

    Rihanna distances herself from her own back catalog
    Few artists have had a pop-chart run like Rihanna in recent years. But now the singer has told MTV that she hopes to step back from her previous hits on future performances. "I wanted to kind of just get back to... not that they weren’t real...
  • 'Glee' ends historic TV run

    It was obvious from the start that Fox knew they had something special with "Glee." The series about a ragtag group of high school students who come together to make beautiful music didn't officially launch until Sept. 9, 2009. But Fox aired the first...
  • SXSW 2015: Snoop Dogg, Sam Hunt aim to stand out in a crowded music field

    SXSW 2015: Snoop Dogg, Sam Hunt aim to stand out in a crowded music field
    Though its film and interactive portions have been cranking out news — and hype — for the better part of a week, the annual South by Southwest conference officially launches its music programming Tuesday, bringing more than 2,000 acts to...
  • Music without borders

    Music without borders
    Many musical artists strive to not be pigeonholed. Dana Leong Trio fits that bill. "We provide a twist on classical instruments, such as bass and cello, mixed with the excitement of electronic elements," Leong said of the group, which performs March...