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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,...
  • '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...
  • 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...
  • Hard Summer fest: A$AP Mob, Flosstradamus, Skrillex with Diplo

    Hard Summer fest: A$AP Mob, Flosstradamus, Skrillex with Diplo
    “What kind of rave ends at 11?” The question posed by a straggly bearded bro on the Hard Summer shuttle bus was one of many heading into the South El Monte festival’s first day over the weekend. Another: Why did the New York rap...
  • Kendrick Lamar film to debut at Sundance Next at Ace Hotel

    Kendrick Lamar film to debut at Sundance Next at Ace Hotel
    Kendrick Lamar always referred to his album "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" as a "short film" in the liner notes. Now he's got an actual short film to accompany it. "m.A.A.d." is a 14-minute experimental documentary that will debut as part of the Sundance...
  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Time Scanners' and more

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Time Scanners' and more
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 13 - 19, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Time Scanners In the series' finale, a trip...
  • 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...
  • Gisele Bundchen, Carles Puyol deliver World Cup trophy

    Gisele Bundchen, Carles Puyol deliver World Cup trophy
    Brazilian super model Gisele Bundchen and former player Carles Puyol of Spain delivered the FIFA World Cup trophy to the pitch on Sunday before Germany's win over Argentina. The cup had traveled in style, in a custom Louis Vuitton trunk. Bundchen wore...