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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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  • Kourtney Kardashian's third baby name mashes up period drama, luxe auto

    Kourtney Kardashian's third baby name mashes up period drama, luxe auto
    Kourtney Kardashian seems to be a fan of young-adult drama and fancy cars -- the reality star has named her third child Reign Aston Disick. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star and her longtime beau Scott Disick reportedly welcomed baby Reign on...
  • Echo Park's Club Bahia has a new dance partner: Live Nation

      Echo Park's Club Bahia has a new dance partner: Live Nation
    Brandon Lavoie always wondered about Club Bahia. The Latin music venue, on the southeastern end of Sunset Boulevard at the juncture of downtown and Chinatown, stood out for its neon-airbrushed murals of DJs and dancers. "Everyone knew of this place,"...
  • Pop Culture 101: Final Exam

    As 2014 winds to an end, it's time to test your memory and see if you were paying attention to the passing parade of pop culture. See how you do. Challenge your friends. And always pay attention to pop culture. (To take the quiz interactively, click...
  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian expand Hidden Hills estate

    Kanye West, Kim Kardashian expand Hidden Hills estate
    Rapper and producer Kanye West and his wife, television personality Kim Kardashian, have paid $2.925 million for a 1.49-acre property in Hidden Hills. Marketed as a teardown, the ranch-style home backs the French countryside-inspired compound that the...
  • In 2014, hip hop takes a potent stand

    In 2014, hip hop takes a potent stand
    There's a line in New York rapper ASAP Ferg's syrupy new track "Talk It," a musical response to the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent riots in Ferguson, Mo., that underscored the calcified nature of relations between black communities and the...
  • Kanye West releases new song 'Only One' with Paul McCartney

    Kanye West releases new song 'Only One' with Paul McCartney
    Kanye West rang in the new year with a brand-new song, a bittersweet ballad titled "Only One," the first released music from his long-rumored collaboration with Paul McCartney. McCartney plays keyboard on the simple, poignant song that is written as a...
  • Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul: worst dressed

    Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul: worst dressed
    Remember when Mr. Blackwell ripped the worst-dressed celebrities and celebrated the best-dressed style setters? Roger Stone is carrying on the tradition, and he bashes with a tart snarkiness that Mr. Blackwell would have admired. Topping the worst-...
  • Report: Made in America festival boosted city coffers, economic activity

    Report: Made in America festival boosted city coffers, economic activity
    A two-day music festival held in downtown L.A.'s Grand Park last year netted an estimated $31,000 for city coffers, according to an economic analysis of the event released this week. The Budweiser Made in America Festival produced an estimated $792,...
  • Lorde finds sisterhood with Katniss in the songs for 'Mockingjay 1'

    Lorde finds sisterhood with Katniss in the songs for 'Mockingjay 1'
    She's a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm. And she moves through town, quiet like a fight. The low hum that begins "Yellow Flicker Beat" takes the viewer from the final shot of the transformed heroine Katniss Everdeen to the closing...
  • Towkio doesn't want to be last to break big

    Towkio doesn't want to be last to break big
    Preston Oshita, the Chicago rapper better known as Towkio, has been working on some of the songs on his presumed breakthrough release, ".Wav Theory," for more than 18 months. ".Wav Theory" will come out when it's meant to come out, Towkio figures,...
  • Zip liners at sunset

    Zip liners at sunset
    Michael Kriskovic created this photo at the Call of Duty: XP Event held at the Howard Hughes Center in 2011. Activision, an American video game publisher, built a massive "gaming experience" in and around the 12-acre property. Complete wth paintball...