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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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  • Black jeans are definitely in style — for men and women

    Black jeans are definitely in style — for men and women
    As far as denim is concerned, it's definitely "back to black." Not since the punked-out days of the '80s and early '90s, when club-goers dyed their jeans to get the properly sooty hue, has black denim seemed so with-it. With updated textiles and a...
  • Former Swedish House Mafia DJ Steve Angello on His Label, New Album

    During his years as one third of supergroup Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello did as much as anyone to mainstream EDM in the U.S., becoming the first dance act to headline Madison Square Garden. Yet Angello's roots go far beyond that project, with his...
  • Kim Kardashian unhappy with her big butt

    Kim Kardashian unhappy with her big butt
    Sure, there's a lot wrong with the world, but Kim Kardashian is unhappy with her look after giving birth, Access Hollywood reports. "No matter what anyone says, you know how you feel in clothes, and everything is a little too tight," Kardashian told Liz...
  • Kim Kardashian on Rob Kardashian's wedding no-show: 'I ... understand'

    Kim Kardashian loves her brother Rob Kardashian a lot, she says. She also tough-loves him. But that doesn't mean they fought about anything when he bailed on her wedding day back in May. "He sent me a long e-mail the morning of, that he was going to...
  • Young man guilty of first-degree murder in case involving jealousy, unrequited love

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. Pedro Bravo was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the killing of University of Florida freshman Christian Aguilar at the close of a two-week trial that centered on jealousy, rage, unrequited love, suicide and, ultimately,...
  • Baltimore native Kevin Liles is a big hit in music and beyond

    Baltimore native Kevin Liles is a big hit in music and beyond
    NEW YORK CITY— Kevin Liles is riding high. On a bright August afternoon, the Baltimore-born entertainment mogul is ensconced 35 stories above midtown Manhattan, enjoying lunch at one of the city's most exclusive hotels, the Mandarin Oriental....
  • Grammy-Winning R&B Singer Estelle to Perform at Domestic Violence Charity Gala

    By Linda Ge LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Grammy award winning R&B singer Estelle will perform at Face Forward Foundation's Fifth Annual Gala, "A Venetian Masquerade" on Sept. 13 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Founded by Deborah Alessi...
  • Listen to a snippet of Kanye West's 'All Day'

    Listen to a snippet of Kanye West's 'All Day'
    Earlier today, cable network Revolt liberated what is rumored to be a snippet of the new Kanye West song. Titled "All Day," the two-minute preview is a glimpse into what post-Yeezus Kanye sounds like. Bass! Smack talk! I'm already over the moon for it. ...
  • FKA Twigs bewitches crowd at the El Rey Theatre

    FKA Twigs bewitches crowd at the El Rey Theatre
    For a moment Tuesday night, FKA Twigs lost control.  The multitalented British singer and songwriter born Tahliah Barnett had just finished a round of dancing that left her quivering on the floor of the El Rey Theatre stage. When she got up, she...
  • Week in music: FKA Twigs arrives, Kanye fires DJ, Ty Segall burns, more

    Week in music: FKA Twigs arrives, Kanye fires DJ, Ty Segall burns, more
    A week of tragic death, police crackdown, tear gas, drought and Magic!'s "Rude" as the No. 1 pop song in the country. Dog days indeed. Below, the week in music, along with a tip on some weekend melodic salve.  -- FKA Twigs officially arrived this...
  • Why do albums take so long to make?

    Why do albums take so long to make?
    On March 10, 1967, 15 days shy of her 25th birthday, Aretha Franklin released her 12th album and Atlantic Records debut, "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You." It was a breakthrough, triggering a string of four top 10 albums released over 15 months...