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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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  • Social media buzz the new barometer of a hit

    Social media buzz the new barometer of a hit
    On Tuesday, while the world was otherwise occupied, an unsigned Brooklyn R&B band called Phony Ppl with a scant 6,800 Twitter followers released an album called "Yesterday's Tomorrow." The album was two years in the making, and its 15 songs connect the...
  • 'Pale Emperor' ushers in the return of Marilyn Manson

    'Pale Emperor' ushers in the return of Marilyn Manson
    Marilyn Manson reached into his pocket and flicked open a switchblade. "The Roman Emperor Constantius was referred to as the 'Pale Emperor.' He liked to dress up as a woman and [torture] men and have them dance for him," Manson said in a candlelit,...
  • House sale is in the cards for Dennis Miller

    House sale is in the cards for Dennis Miller
    Comic actor, writer and talk-show host Dennis Miller has listed his beach home in Carpinteria for $22.5 million. Set on more than half an acre along 63 feet of sandy beach, the 6,320-square-foot home was designed by architect Don Nulty and built in...
  • Bonnaroo Announcing 2015 Lineup A Month Early, With A Twist

    Bonnaroo Announcing 2015 Lineup A Month Early, With A Twist
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bonnaroo is announcing the music fest's lineup for this year's event a month earlier than usual, but there's a twist. The Tennessean says the 2015 Bonnaroo performers will be announced Tuesday, one at a time in a sort of...
  • Mayo: Before we pay for fracking, FPL keeps spinning

    Forget Flicker Plunder & Loot. I've got a new nickname for FPL: Feelings Pierced Lightly. If corporations are indeed people, then Florida Power & Light is the Kanye West of electric monopolies. Oh so sensitive. Apparently it's not enough that the...
  • Bonnaroo festival lineup includes Billy Joel, Mumford& Sons, Kendrick Lamar and Robert Plant

    The 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will feature a star-studded lineup including Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons and Kendrick Lamar. Robert Plant, Deadmau5, and Florence + the Machine will also perform during the four-day event that kicks off June 11 in...
  • 'Magician' conjures up the wonder that was Orson Welles

    Kanye West never cut a duet with Orson Welles. But younger people should know him, and Chuck Workman's fine, brisk and thoroughly entertaining overview of Orson, "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles," easily makes the case why. In...
  • Kanye West's 'Only One' featuring Paul McCartney: His worst-ever track?

    Kanye West's 'Only One' featuring Paul McCartney: His worst-ever track?
    It hits at the two-minute mark, the realization that “Only One" featuring Paul McCartney isn’t headed into that glorious West-ian stratosphere that we’ve come to expect over the past decade. At the three-minute mark, all hope is lost....
  • 'Empire' sends a powerful LGBT message

    Fox's dark new television series "Empire" has what's expected of a soap opera set in the world of hip-hop. Power, sex, drugs and violence are among the key plot points, and there's even original music (supervised by platinum hit maker Timbaland) for extra...
  • Lance Bass and Michael Turchin's wedding aimed for 'royal vibe'

    Lance Bass and artist Michael Turchin were married Saturday -- and the N'Sync alum was more than happy to share details about the big day. "We wanted our wedding to be full of elements that we grew up with and things that we learned from our parents,"...
  • Can Madonna turn the song hack to her advantage?

    The year-end surprise album release is becoming a holiday tradition. First, Beyoncé, then D'Angelo: Each of them released recordings that came out of nowhere to capture the pop imagination just in time for the New Year. But what happens when an album...