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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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  • Kim Kardashian attacked outside Balmain show at Paris Fashion Week

    Kim Kardashian was tackled as she arrived for the Balmain show during Paris Fashion Week on Thursday, with the scary scrum captured on video. Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner were exiting the passenger side of what appeared to be a limo and entering a...
  • Ciara ambushed by thong-clad Ukrainian prankster in Paris

    Ciara ambushed by thong-clad Ukrainian prankster in Paris
    Ciara is the latest victim of Ukrainian prankster Vitalii Sediuk, who gladly showcased his goodies while grabbing her Tuesday in Paris. The singer, 28, was ambushed by Sediuk outside the Valentino presentation during Paris Fashion Week, according to...
  • Nah! to Germany as it flirts with pro-incest law

    Who deserves the Moutza of the Month for September? "Mankind," wrote SuSan H. on Facebook. But SuSan, you simply can't give the Moutza to all the humans on Earth. Yes, there are many candidates. Some think the Olive Garden offers good Italian food. And...
  • Lily Allen's back, full of sassy fun

    Lily Allen's back, full of sassy fun
    "I've been away for a little while," Lily Allen said during her show at Riviera Theatre on Tuesday. "I've had kids and [stuff]." If fans at her concert didn't know about her five-year hiatus during which she got married and had two children, then the...
  • Paris Fashion Week: Givenchy brings sexy back

    Paris Fashion Week: Givenchy brings sexy back
    After last season's flirtation with a ladylike look, designer Riccardo Tisci brought sexy back for spring at Givenchy, with enough thigh-high boots, corsetry, leather and lace to leave the two straight men seated next to me practically panting. And front-...
  • What Clicked: The most popular stories for Sept. 22-28

    What Clicked: The most popular stories for Sept. 22-28
    Every time you click a RedEye link, an ear-splitting alarm goes off in our office. OK, so that's pretty far from truth. But we do have (not-so) complicated tools to track exactly what everyone is reading. They tell us a lot about you, dear reader....
  • Kim Kardashian's ups and downs, more from Paris Fashion Week

    Kim Kardashian's ups and downs, more from Paris Fashion Week
    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West are all over the place at Paris Fashion Week, sometimes with toddler North or her grandma Kris Jenner in tow. And it's not always smooth sailing. Kardashian West was attacked as she arrived at Balmain's Paris Fashion...
  • Paris Fashion Week: At Lanvin, luxury for every woman

    Paris Fashion Week: At Lanvin, luxury for every woman
    There were three tiny front-row places between them, but one enormous divide. At the Lanvin show on Thursday night, beloved first lady of French film Catherine Deneuve, dressed in a conservative black dress and heels, sat nearly next to reality TV show...
  • Interview: Introducing singer Jasmine V

    Interview: Introducing singer Jasmine V
    Jasmine V released her first single with rapper-of-the-moment Kendrick Lamar, “That’s Me Right There,” in August and is months away from releasing her debut studio album. How does she already have 1.68 million Twitter followers? V isn&...
  • AC/DC unveils 'Rock or Bust,' announces Malcolm Young's departure

    AC/DC unveils 'Rock or Bust,' announces Malcolm Young's departure
    There are metal bands, punk bands, drone bands, boogie rock bands and sludge bands. And then there is AC/DC, the most enduring, primal and Scottish-Australian of them all. The band that transcends all genres but ROCK-rock has announced its new album,...
  • Will Kathy Griffin replace Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'?

    Will Kathy Griffin replace Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'?
    Will Kathy Griffin replace Joan Rivers? Melissa Rivers has given her blessings to another season of "Fashion Police," and a source told the Hollywood Reporter that a short list of possible replacements for late host Joan Rivers has been drawn up,...