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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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  • As Tidal ebbs, Spotify and other rivals grow

    As Tidal ebbs, Spotify and other rivals grow
    Spotify may or may not be worth more than the entire U.S. recorded music business, but it has  reason to feel confident about its chances competing against Tidal.  The bad news out of Tidal's office has been unrelenting -- a CEO switch, reports of...
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye have baby baptized in Jerusalem

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye have baby baptized in Jerusalem
    Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West visited a centuries-old Armenian church in Jerusalem on Monday for the baptism of their daughter, North West. The Kardashians fended off swooning fans as they entered the Saint James Cathedral in Jerusalem's Old...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West video-leak lawsuit can proceed

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's lawsuit against the co-founder of YouTube over leaked footage of their marriage proposal should move forward, a California appeals court ruled Wednesday. Kardashian and West have shown a likelihood they could win their...
  • Yeezus! Kanye West, Kim Kardashian among Time's 100 most influential

    Yeezus! Kanye West, Kim Kardashian among Time's 100 most influential
    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have topped yet another list: They're among this year's Time 100 most influential people. The "Yeezus" rapper and the reality star top the "titans" section of the magazine's 12th annual list, released Thursday. West...
  • Amy Schumer falls at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's feet on the red carpet

    Amy Schumer falls at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's feet on the red carpet
    Comedian (and Towson University grad) Amy Schumer collapsed at the feet of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at the Time 100 gala in New York on Tuesday night. The star of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer" told Time that she asked her publicist if it...
  • The (highly biased) Coachella 2015 Awards: The best of the best

    The (highly biased) Coachella 2015 Awards: The best of the best
    We laughed, we danced and we slogged through dust, coughing up muddy phlegm and glugging water. At the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which concluded on Sunday, 90,000 fans reveled in heat while artists revealed their pumping musical...
  • Coachella 2015: Kanye West adds to abundance of big Weekend 2 moments

     Coachella 2015: Kanye West adds to abundance of big Weekend 2 moments
    Closing day at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was already in its earliest hours when Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage name the Weeknd, shared a new outlook on his experience this year. "When I said last Saturday that it was the...
  • Coachella 2015: Jack White bids farewell, Kanye West says hello in week 2

    Coachella 2015: Jack White bids farewell, Kanye West says hello in week 2
    On the final Saturday night of Coachella 2015, the singer and guitarist Jack White bid farewell to the 90,000-plus revelers by leading them in a chant. As he was winding down his expertly imagined, electrified rock and roll hoedown on the main stage, he...
  • Coachella 2015: The return of Kanye West

    Coachella 2015: The return of Kanye West
    Late into a set that stretched into Sunday morning, the Weeknd told the crowd he had a new outlook on his Coachella experience.  “When I said last Saturday that it was the greatest night in my life. Well, I take that back," the alt-R&B singer...
  • Spike Lee wants to name his film 'Chiraq'? Chicago can handle it

    Spike Lee wants to name his film 'Chiraq'? Chicago can handle it
    Moviemaking in this town is usually a welcomed event. City Hall is more than happy to showcase the beauty and vitality of Chicago. You know, City of Big Shoulders, Second City, Chi-town. But Mayor Rahm Emanuel, members of the City Council and some South...
  • Coachella 2015: Vic Mensa, Charles Bradley satisfy at 'Chillchella'

    Coachella 2015: Vic Mensa, Charles Bradley satisfy at 'Chillchella'
    By early Friday afternoon the first day of weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival finally felt like, well, Coachella. Not that there was a lack of punishing heat, sunkissed bodies, lush vistas or grooves (Charles Bradley and his...