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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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  • Billboard Music Awards are ho-hum, but Taylor Swift was impressed

    While the boring adults of America were biding their time until the "Mad Men" series finale Sunday, the kids down the hall were donning headphones, staring at screens and occasionally dancing while reveling in another kind of televised marketing...
  • 'College Dropout' to Ph.D.: Kanye West receives honorary doctorate in Chicago

    'College Dropout' to Ph.D.: Kanye West receives honorary doctorate in Chicago
    Kanye West remained still for 90 minutes on Monday. It was remarkable feat of willpower, a once-in-a-lifetime performance, certainly some kind of record. West — aka Yeezy, aka Ye, aka the Louis Vuitton Don, aka, fashion designer, filmmaker,...
  • Will Chicago ever learn to appreciate Kanye West?

    Will Chicago ever learn to appreciate Kanye West?
    Take this as empty provocation if you must, but it's sincere: Kanye West, a guy who knows a thing or two about the artful mingling of provocation and sincerity, is the most important, influential cultural voice to emerge from Chicago in a generation,...
  • Kanye West is brilliant

    Kanye West is brilliant
    I am a god/hurry up with my damn massage — Kanye West Kanye West grew up in Chicago, the son of an English professor at Chicago State University. He briefly attended the American Academy of Art on Michigan Avenue, then left town to become a top-...
  • Towkio sometimes seems too good to be true

    Towkio sometimes seems too good to be true
    In some ways, Towkio seems too good to be true. His connections and crew are enviable. Towkio, born Preston Oshita, is a member of the Save Money crew, whose members include Kanye West collaborator Vic Mensa and Pitchfork Music Festival headliner Chance...
  • Kanye West won't star in Spike Lee movie, gets honorary Ph.D. instead

    Kanye West won't star in Spike Lee movie, gets honorary Ph.D. instead
    Spike Lee's new musical "Chiraq" is based on Aristophanes' Greek comedy "Lysistrata," but it will feature one fewer self-proclaimed deity than previously anticipated. Contrary to early reports, Kanye West's reps confirmed to Pitchfork that he would...
  • Kanye West performs at Chance the Rapper's open-mic event

    Kanye West performs at Chance the Rapper's open-mic event
    From college to high school: After Kanye West received his honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Monday, he performed at Chance the Rapper's open-mic night for high school students on the South Side. West sang "U Mad,"...
  • Kanye West y Nicki Minaj actuarán en los Premios Billboard | FOTOS

    Kanye West y Nicki Minaj actuarán en los Premios Billboard | FOTOS
    NUEVA YORK - Kanye West y Nicki Minaj se sumaron a la lista de artistas que participarán el domingo en la ceremonia de los Premios Billboard. Dick clark productions también anunció el martes que Wiz Khalifa y Charlie Puth interpretarán su éxito No. 1 en...
  • Quickly: 'Unhappy with Chick-fil-A? Eat somewhere else'

    Quickly: 'Unhappy with Chick-fil-A? Eat somewhere else'
    What's Quickly? It's where readers sound off on the issues of the day. Have a quote, question or quip? Call Quickly at (312) 222-2426 or email quickly@post-trib.com Any casino executives out there? Get one of those Majestic Star licenses and build a...
  • Quotes from Kanye: What he told art students day before his doctorate

    Quotes from Kanye: What he told art students day before his doctorate
    On Sunday night, Kanye West spoke to a packed room of about 400 students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His talk, hastily announced last week and only available to SAIC students and faculty, led to a land rush for tickets. These...
  • Bulls' series tied, but LeBron James' game-winner seems to give Cavs edge

    Bulls' series tied, but LeBron James' game-winner seems to give Cavs edge
    Frustration unlikely to fade for years consumed Taj Gibson at his locker Sunday after Cavaliers star LeBron James hit a fadeaway, 21-foot baseline jumper at the buzzer to beat the Bulls 86-84 at the United Center and suck the life out of a city. A...