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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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  • Coachella 2015: Kanye West adds to abundance of big Weekend 2 moments

     Coachella 2015: Kanye West adds to abundance of big Weekend 2 moments
    Closing day at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was already in its earliest hours when Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage name the Weeknd, shared a new outlook on his experience this year. "When I said last Saturday that it was the...
  • Coachella 2015: Jack White bids farewell, Kanye West says hello in week 2

    Coachella 2015: Jack White bids farewell, Kanye West says hello in week 2
    On the final Saturday night of Coachella 2015, the singer and guitarist Jack White bid farewell to the 90,000-plus revelers by leading them in a chant. As he was winding down his expertly imagined, electrified rock and roll hoedown on the main stage, he...
  • Coachella 2015: The return of Kanye West

    Coachella 2015: The return of Kanye West
    Late into a set that stretched into Sunday morning, the Weeknd told the crowd he had a new outlook on his Coachella experience.  “When I said last Saturday that it was the greatest night in my life. Well, I take that back," the alt-R&B singer...
  • Spike Lee wants to name his film 'Chiraq'? Chicago can handle it

    Spike Lee wants to name his film 'Chiraq'? Chicago can handle it
    Moviemaking in this town is usually a welcomed event. City Hall is more than happy to showcase the beauty and vitality of Chicago. You know, City of Big Shoulders, Second City, Chi-town. But Mayor Rahm Emanuel, members of the City Council and some South...
  • Coachella 2015: Vic Mensa, Charles Bradley satisfy at 'Chillchella'

    Coachella 2015: Vic Mensa, Charles Bradley satisfy at 'Chillchella'
    By early Friday afternoon the first day of weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival finally felt like, well, Coachella. Not that there was a lack of punishing heat, sunkissed bodies, lush vistas or grooves (Charles Bradley and his...
  • Coachella 2015: Would you trade your wristband for Kanye West tix? A GoPro?

    Coachella 2015: Would you trade your wristband for Kanye West tix? A GoPro?
    In a few hours the gates for Weekend Two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will open. For the more than 90,000 fans making the pilgrimage to the Empire Polo Club, it’s the beginning of three days of music bliss — underneath a...
  • Coachella 2015: Ciara, DMX and more highlights from Day 1

    Coachella 2015: Ciara, DMX and more highlights from Day 1
    Day 2 of Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is slowly getting underway and it’s a rough morning out in Indio for those of us who forgot how punishing it is to dart around the Empire Polo Club for over 10 hours. But now...
  • LACMA reframes its future with growing Hollywood ties

    LACMA reframes its future with growing Hollywood ties
    The guest list for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's 50th anniversary gala Saturday night might easily be mistaken for that of a Hollywood awards show. Studio executives Robert Iger of Walt Disney Co., Michael Lynton of Sony Entertainment and...
  • Live: Arca unsettles and re-invents at Hollywood Forever

    Live: Arca unsettles and re-invents at Hollywood Forever
    Just a half hour into Arca’s set at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge on Wednesday, a young woman in the crowd started looking ill. As the Venezuela-born, London-based producer’s seismic sub-bass and shrieks of noise shook the upstairs...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West have daughter North baptized in Jerusalem

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West have daughter North baptized in Jerusalem
    North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, was baptized Monday afternoon at a 12th century Armenian church in Jerusalem. The 30-minute ceremony welcoming the 22-month-old into the Armenian Apostolic Church took place at the Cathedral of St....
  • Israeli ultra-Orthodox site cuts Kim Kardashian from photo

    An Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish news website has cut Kim Kardashian — one of the world's most photographed women — from a photo taken of her in Jerusalem this week. The original photo of Kardashian, her husband, Kanye West, and Jerusalem's...