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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 honeymoon is over for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

    After all the hoopla of her extravagant wedding festivities in Paris and Milan, Kim Kardashian might have been bored on her honeymoon in Ireland, according to the Daily Mail, and she returned to the U.S. on Sunday. [Daily Mail] On Saturday, Kardashian...
  • Hyde Park artist urges Kanye West to run for mayor

    Hyde Park artist urges Kanye West to run for mayor
    When Hyde Park artist Ben Shepard looks at the problems besetting Chicago, the only solution he sees is a provocateur at the controls. He imagines someone with a high enough profile to turn up the volume on the debate over the city's future and a big...
  • Is oral sex degrading?

    Is oral sex degrading?
    Dear Anna, Last week me and my friend have had a discussion about oral sex and how some women think it’s wrong. I think it’s perfectly fine to give your partner oral sex. If I can't give my boyfriend actual sex, then I give him oral. When it...
  • Tom Arnold dresses as Jason Aldean at CMT Music Awards

    Tom Arnold dresses as Jason Aldean at CMT Music Awards
    After this week's CFDA Awards featuring Rihanna in a sparkly transparent dress, we were somewhat underwhelmed by the CMT Music Awards red carpet on Wednesday night. The night's winner for Video of the Year, Carrie Underwood, wore a pretty floral halter...
  • Pia Mia: 'I'm here to speak for what's really going on for teenagers'

    Pia Mia: 'I'm here to speak for what's really going on for teenagers'
    It’s not often that a dinner party turns you into a viral sensation, but a meal put Pia Mia on the map. The Guam-born teenager, born Pia Mia Perez, already had a loyal following with YouTube covers of artists like Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars,...
  • For 'Maleficent,' Elle Fanning's look was 'really girly and innocent'

    For 'Maleficent,' Elle Fanning's look was 'really girly and innocent'
    To dress then-14-year-old Elle Fanning for her role as Aurora in "Maleficent," costume designer Anna B. Sheppard decided to make her more youthful and less womanly than the character in the 1959 Disney animated movie "Sleeping Beauty." She told Vanity...
  • Galliano joins Russian perfumery; Prince William hosts Ralph Lauren

    Galliano joins Russian perfumery; Prince William hosts Ralph Lauren
    Ralph Lauren was the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Prince William at Windsor Castle on Tuesday. The prince is president of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which plans to open a new Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research thanks to a...
  • Music at MOCA: Where the eclectics go to party

    Music at MOCA: Where the eclectics go to party
    On May 30, Haitian-born trumpeter and composer Jean Caze, the former FIU student who has opened for Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and Jimmy Heath, will perform at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, the same space that in March reverberated...
  • Kim Kardashian tackles wedding rumors, racism

    Though Kim Kardashian has been busy debunking wedding rumors, she's still found a little time to weigh in on -- well, racism.  Yep, you read that right.  The reality star actually did both Wednesday, first running off a laundry list of untruths she...
  • Kardashian-West wedding site revealed? Plus: An intimate detail

    It's finally gone public: Kim Kardashian's and Kanye West's May 24 wedding and reception will be held at the Belvedere Fort in Florence, Italy, according to a spokeswoman with that city's mayor's office.  Feeling all fancy? Then call it the Forte di...
  • What is the 'new black'?

    What is the 'new black'?
    Recently, rapper/singer/songwriter/multimillionaire superstar Pharrell Williams told Oprah Winfrey that being successful is not about skin color, but a state of mind. Enter the "new black." "The `new black' doesn't blame other races for our issues,"...