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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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  • '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...
  • 6 acts to check out at South by Southwest music festival

    Preparing for the South by Southwest music festival is like shopping without a budget: there are just too many options. The annual SXSW is jam-packed with thousands of performers and events — ranging from official showcases by Pandora and Spotify...
  • SXSW to feature safety changes, after 4 killed last year

    Snoop Dogg, J. Cole and TV on the Radio will be there, but what's really getting attention at this year's South by Southwest music festival is safety. After a driver plowed through a barricade and into concertgoers during last year's event, killing...
  • Kendrick Lamar is an essential voice for Los Angeles and beyond

    Kendrick Lamar is an essential voice for Los Angeles and beyond
    The most memorable televised music performance of 2014 occurred on Nov. 15, when self-described Compton's human sacrifice Kendrick Lamar stood on the Studio 8H stage of "Saturday Night Live" and performed his then-new single, "i." It had been more than...
  • AP PHOTOS: For creativity, Paris fashion never disappoints

    Paris Fashion Week should patent its potent mix of non-stop celebrities and oh-la-la designs, for organizers put on a spectacle that never disappoints. The nine-day "week" of over 90 shows has ended, leaving residents of the French capital and the army...
  • Paris Fashion Week: Designers find a rough, more real beauty on runway

    Paris Fashion Week: Designers find a rough, more real beauty on runway
    Paris Fashion Week had it all. There were over-the-top stage sets (Chanel's Brasserie Gabrielle constructed at the Grand Palais, complete with built-in mahogany bars, banquettes and waiters serving coffee and croissants). There were surprise runway...
  • Remembering Daevid Allen, co-founder of Soft Machine and Gong

    Remembering Daevid Allen, co-founder of Soft Machine and Gong
    Daevid Allen, the influential poet, musician and iconoclast best known for co-founding avant-rock bands the Soft Machine and Gong, has died, according to an announcement on his Facebook page. Allen, 77, died after complications from cancer. The artist,...
  • President Obama talks Kanye West on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    President Obama talks Kanye West on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
    President Obama had several things on his mind when he stopped off in Hollywood on Thursday to visit “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In addition to showing a sense of humor with the all-President Obama edition of Kimmel’s regular “Mean...
  • Review: 'Mr. West' by Sarah Blake

    Review: 'Mr. West' by Sarah Blake
    If you set out to write a poetry collection about Kanye West, someone who is himself arguably one of the most brilliant and influential poets of the 21st century so far, then it had better be good. Sarah Blake's debut book, "Mr. West" — impressive...
  • Zellweger hides face at Miu Miu in Paris; Kimye hit Vuitton

    A chic Renee Zellweger — who attracted attention last fall for a noticeably changed visage — hid her face from cameras with Audrey Hepburn-style bangs and large shades Wednesday as she hit Prada's Miu Miu show on the last day of the ready-to-...
  • Madonna: 'Caring about what people think is the death of all artists'

    Madonna: 'Caring about what people think is the death of all artists'
    Madonna opens her strong new album with “Living for Love,” a jubilant house jam about moving beyond a debilitating breakup. But love, of course, is only one of the things that pop’s most paradoxical superstar is living for these days....