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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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  • The Written Word Can Still Pack A Punch

    In a New York Times essay marking the 50th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan's landmark book "Understanding Media," novelist Rivka Galchen initially seems to endorse McLuhan's contention that visual media are replacing the written word. "The written word is...
  • Shop Saturday for a chance to meet Kim Kardashian at new Ulta store

    Kim Kardashian (the new Mrs. Kanye West) is scheduled to make an appearance at Ulta Beauty's new Midtown Crossing store on Pico Boulevard on Aug. 6, but fans who want to meet her need to shop at the store this Saturday. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday,...
  • Cover band Amish Outlaws turns heads

    Six Amish men walk into a bar. They're all dressed in the simple garb of the plain people — broadcloth slacks, suspenders and straw hats. They get on stage, with guitars, a keyboard, microphones and amplifiers. One takes a seat behind the drum...
  • 'Sharknado 2' Stirs Up Bigger Twitter Storm for Syfy

    Syfy's campy "Sharknado 2: The Second One" delivered a bigger tempest on social media than its first showing, scoring as the most-tweeted TV show Wednesday as users and advertisers looked to gleefully lampoon -- and gain attention from -- the cabler's...
  • Virgin Mobile FreeFest not returning this year

    Virgin Mobile FreeFest not returning this year
    Virgin Mobile FreeFest, arguably the area's most prominent music festival for the past eight years, will not take place this year, organizers said Tuesday. Virgin Mobile did not explain what brought about the decision to cancel the concert at...
  • Kris Jenner posts awkward family photo with daughters

    Kris Jenner posts awkward family photo with daughters
    Kris Jenner is making headlines once again after posting a strange Instagram photo of her posing with three of her daughters. Jenner posted the photo Tuesday with the message "I miss you guys so much @kourtneykardashian @kimkardashian @khloekardashian...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West reportedly flipping Bel-Air mansion

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West reportedly flipping Bel-Air mansion
    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West might be looking to unload the mansion they've been painstakingly renovating.  The "Keeping Up With the Kardashianas" star and the rapper bought a 10,000-square-foot Bel-Air mansion in 2013 for $11 million with the...
  • Kim Kardashian hits Paris couture week with designer Valentino

    Kim Kardashian accompanied designer Valentino Garavani at his namesake couture show in Paris on Wednesday. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star walked into the show, held at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, arm-in-arm with the Italian brand's...
  • Mixtape mini-reviews: King Louie, Lil Durk, Sulaiman

    Mixtape mini-reviews: King Louie, Lil Durk, Sulaiman
    Several notable Chicago rappers have released mixtapes in the past few days. Here's how they fared: King L, "Tony"  *** (out of 4) Despite being one of the brightest stars of Chicago's nationwide rap boom in 2012, landing a deal with Epic records...
  • Oscar-winning actor/screenwriter bringing his band to Sellersville Theater 1894

     
    An actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter will bring his rockabilly band to an area music venue, it was just announced. Billy Bob Thornton, who starred in such box-office hits as “Armageddon,” “Bad Santa” and “Bad New...
  • Academy Award-winning actor/screenwriter won't play area music show; fraudulent booking claimed

     
    An actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter won’t be bringing his rockabilly band to an area music venue after all. The venue apparently was the victim of what the band says is a fraudulent booking. Billy Bob Thornton, who starred in......