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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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  • Paris Fashion Week: At Lanvin, luxury for every woman

    Paris Fashion Week: At Lanvin, luxury for every woman
    There were three tiny front-row places between them, but one enormous divide. At the Lanvin show on Thursday night, beloved first lady of French film Catherine Deneuve, dressed in a conservative black dress and heels, sat nearly next to reality TV show...
  • Interview: Introducing singer Jasmine V

    Interview: Introducing singer Jasmine V
    Jasmine V released her first single with rapper-of-the-moment Kendrick Lamar, “That’s Me Right There,” in August and is months away from releasing her debut studio album. How does she already have 1.68 million Twitter followers? V isn&...
  • CBS cancels plan to air Rihanna song before Ravens game

    CBS cancels plan to air Rihanna song before Ravens game
    CBS has scrapped plans to feature Rihanna's song "Run This Town" during the opener for "Thursday Night Football," according to multiple reports. Rihanna's involvement presented an unfortunate coincidence: The singer, herself a victim of a physical...
  • Oxygen Orders 5 Series, Promotes Rod Aissa to Head Original Programming

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Oxygen has ordered five new unscripted series as part of its overhaul of the cabler to target a younger, multicultural female audience. The NBCUniversal outlet has also promoted Rod Aissa to exec VP of original programming and...
  • North West fits in at Balenciaga, sits front row with Kim, Kanye

    North West fits in at Balenciaga, sits front row with Kim, Kanye
    Fashion's front row just got even more youthful: North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, joined her parents at the Balenciaga show in Paris on Wednesday. The 15-month-old daughter of the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star and the...
  • AC/DC unveils 'Rock or Bust,' announces Malcolm Young's departure

    AC/DC unveils 'Rock or Bust,' announces Malcolm Young's departure
    There are metal bands, punk bands, drone bands, boogie rock bands and sludge bands. And then there is AC/DC, the most enduring, primal and Scottish-Australian of them all. The band that transcends all genres but ROCK-rock has announced its new album,...
  • Will Kathy Griffin replace Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'?

    Will Kathy Griffin replace Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'?
    Will Kathy Griffin replace Joan Rivers? Melissa Rivers has given her blessings to another season of "Fashion Police," and a source told the Hollywood Reporter that a short list of possible replacements for late host Joan Rivers has been drawn up,...
  • Chuck Klosterman explores the dark side

    Chuck Klosterman explores the dark side
    Read "I Wear the Black Hat," Chuck Klosterman's book about villainy that includes his often-provocative takes on pop culture figures from Kanye West to Bill Clinton, and it's easy to imagine him standing by a set of railroad tracks, sneering and...
  • Lanvin's study in monochromatic chic trumps Kanye, Kim in front row

    By Alexandria Sage PARIS, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Leave it to Alber Elbaz, creative director of Lanvin, to pull off a Paris Fashion Week show on Thursday that retained all its elegance and class even with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in the front row....
  • Paris Fashion Week: At Balmain, Rihanna looms too large

    Paris Fashion Week: At Balmain, Rihanna looms too large
    Skin is in -- skin wrapped in clear plastic, swathed in oversized, "Stop Making Sense" era suits, and spangled to high heaven, at least according to Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, who showed his spring collection on Thursday during Paris Fashion...
  • Kanye West steals the stage at AAHH! Fest

    Kanye West steals the stage at AAHH! Fest
    The first annual AAHH! Fest, a community-focused concert effort between Common and his Common Ground Foundation and Donda's House Inc. (a creative arts foundation co-founded by Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith"), took place Sunday in Union Park....