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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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  • Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss snag all-model Vogue cover

    Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss snag all-model Vogue cover
    Yes, those are models on the cover of Vogue's September issue. Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss, to be exact. Anna Wintour and her well-heeled minions seem to have accepted digital media's clout, because these aren't just any models; they'...
  • 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,...
  • Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo wed in Mexico

    Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo wed in Mexico
    Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and "The Voice" married model Behati Prinsloo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Saturday. The bride wore a Marchesa gown and model Coco Rocha was one of her bridesmaids. [Newsday] After four years, Hermes women's wear  director...
  • North West has taken her first steps, Kim Kardashian reveals

    North West has taken her first steps, Kim Kardashian reveals
    North West has reached a developmental milestone, according to mom Kim Kardashian.  The 13-month-old daughter of the reality star and rapper Kanye West has taken her first steps, and they came just after the starlet-to-be completed a totally different...
  • Khloe Kardashian explains sex hiatus with new beau French Montana

    Khloe Kardashian explains sex hiatus with new beau French Montana
    Khloe Kardashian isn't afraid to put her new man -- rapper French Montana -- on blast! The outspoken "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star was introduced to the rapper, real name Karim Kharbouch, by music mogul Diddy and has been linked to him since...
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Buy Big Suburban Mansion

    BUYERS:Kim Kardashian and Kanye West LOCATION: Hidden Hills, CA PRICE: (reportedly) $20,000,000 SIZE: 15,667 square feet, 8 bedrooms, 8 full and two half bathrooms. YOUR MAMA'S NOTES: We know we're a bit behind the 8-ball on this but a complicated...
  • Kim Kardashian's newest project: a selfie book

    Kim Kardashian's newest project: a selfie book
    Leave it to Kim Kardashian to release a photo book titled "Selfish." Cue the smirks. Now cue them in reverse, because this entrepreneur is simply embarking on her next make-me-money-honey venture. The 352-page hardcover book, made up entirely of Kimmy K...
  • Travis Barker Buys Cheviot Hills Contemporary

    BUYER: Travis Barker LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $4,000,000 SIZE: 4,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms YOUR MAMA'S NOTES: After more than a decade in a series of multimillion dollar tract homes of the semi-Mediterranean persuasion -- three...
  • COMEDY

    COMEDY
    Jay Pharoah: President Obama, is that you? Oh, no, it's just comedian Jay Pharoah, the "Saturday Night Live" cast member who is known for his spot-on impersonations of Obama, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Will Smith and Denzel Washington. He will perform Friday...
  • 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...
  • Nicki Minaj scores, with help from Beyonce and Sir Mix-a-Lot

    Nicki Minaj scores, with help from Beyonce and Sir Mix-a-Lot
    Last week Nicki Minaj was everywhere, from a Google doodle to perched atop the Statue of Liberty to being launched into space – with the help of Photoshop, of course. An image of Minaj in sneakers, itty-bitty pink bikini and striking a pose that...