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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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  • Downtown L.A. prepares for kickoff of Made in America music fest

    Downtown L.A. prepares for kickoff of Made in America music fest
    Final preparations were underway early Saturday for a music festival expected to draw tens of thousands of concert-goers to downtown Los Angeles this weekend. The two-day Budweiser Made in America festival will bring acts including Kanye West,...
  • Made in America lineup is a vivid look at rap's competing interests

    Made in America lineup is a vivid look at rap's competing interests
    When it was first announced, the lineup for this weekend's Made in America festival in downtown L.A. seemed an unfocused commercial mix-and-match of mass-market rock, electronic dance and hip-hop. On second and third glances, it mostly is, at least at...
  • Listen to a mega-mix of Nicki Minaj features

    Listen to a mega-mix of Nicki Minaj features
    Adding Nicki Minaj to your song is usually a good idea.  While there are obvious clunkers (her turn on Wale's "Clappers" never did it for me) she's usually flawless in the feature department. To prove this, some great American named "ursulatheseabitch"...
  • The selling of Oak Park teen Tavi Gevinson

     The selling of Oak Park teen Tavi Gevinson
    Look! Here's the recent high school graduate Tavi Gevinson swinging from a crab apple tree in her Oak Park backyard — as photographed by Annie Leibovitz and published in Vanity Fair. Look! Here's Tavi Gevinson lying on her single, teenager's bed...
  • How do you dress for a rock show?

    How do you dress for a rock show?
    Ogee Muniz, dressed as a Firebird, complete with a red mask, was chatting with her Gingerbread Man-out-of-"Shrek" boyfriend Anthony Cruz in the United Center concourse before Arcade Fire's Tuesday night set when a petite woman in a formal dress approached...
  • 'Go Metro' -- except to downtown's Labor Day weekend music festival?

    'Go Metro' -- except to downtown's Labor Day weekend music festival?
    It's going to be one of the biggest concerts of the summer, drawing performers such as Kanye West and John Mayer and as many as 50,000 fans to Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. For weeks, organizers have been urging ticketholders to "Go Metro" and...
  • Was Marion 'Suge' Knight shot over a book proposal?

    Was Marion 'Suge' Knight shot over a book proposal?
    It’s not often that you hear about assassination attempts linked to book proposals. Writing a book pitch, after all, is a notoriously quixotic thing to do. Publishers routinely "kill" books simply by rejecting them. And Americans are so blasé...
  • Made in America: Kanye West declares intentions, executes perfectly

    Made in America: Kanye West declares intentions, executes perfectly
    Kanye West played the foot of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles -- there's something you don't see every day. Especially while wearing a high-art chain mail mask that covered his entire head, making him look like Daft Punk's arch-nemesis. Closing out...
  • Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Ellingson dishes her wedding details

    Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Ellingson dishes her wedding details
    Angel in white, Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Ellingson is sharing details of her summer wedding in the upcoming issue of Brides magazine. The model, who donned the lingerie brand's 3-D printed wings at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, wed...
  • Lily Allen: The less-bitchy bitch is back

    Lily Allen: The less-bitchy bitch is back
    In the media blitz that greeted pop provocateur Lily Allen’s first album in five years, “Sheezus,” Time magazine called her an “important cultural critic,” an observation that makes Allen a little fidgety. “No, that&...
  • Stars and Science Align for Stand Up To Cancer

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In the late afternoon of Sept. 5, celebrities, researchers and others interested in fighting for our health merged at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the fourth biennial fundraiser for Stand Up To Cancer - an event that...