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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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  • Kanye West to headline Powerhouse 2015

    Kanye West to headline Powerhouse 2015
    Kanye West will headline Power 106’s annual summer hip-hop concert, Powerhouse, the L.A. radio station announced Monday.  West leads a bill that also includes Ludacris, B.O.B. and Tech N9ne as mainstage draws. The polarizing superstar has slowly...
  • Beyonce releases surprise single on Tidal: 'Die With You'

    Beyonce releases surprise single on Tidal: 'Die With You'
    Beyonce surprised her fans and the Internet on Saturday when she released a video online of a new ballad titled "Die With You." The announcement appeared on the singer's Facebook page early Saturday afternoon. The highly informal video features the...
  • Lost in Tidal's splash: Music streaming doesn't pay off for most artists

    Lost in Tidal's splash: Music streaming doesn't pay off for most artists
    The buzzwords were many, issued from the stage throughout last week's curiously memorable and well-covered media event announcing the new Tidal music-streaming service: notions of revolution, of changing the status quo and upending the system. As...
  • Bleachers shows a potential for bigger things

    Bleachers shows a potential for bigger things
    Wednesday's sold-out concert at Riviera Theatre was a career marker for Bleachers. Outside of festivals, including a stop at Lollapalooza last summer, frontman Jack Antonoff said that their Riv show was "the biggest we have ever played." Judging from...
  • Tidal streaming service seeks more artists to join as owners

    Tidal, the music and video streaming service co-owned by Jay Z, Rihanna, Madonna and other artists, is inviting more performers to join the company and earn equity. Senior executive Vania Schlogel said late Tuesday that Tidal welcomes more acts. It...
  • New in paperbacks: 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt

    New in paperbacks: 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Back Bay, 774 pages, $20 Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows 13-year-old Theo Decker, who survives an explosion that kills his mother. Taken in by the wealthy family of a friend, Theo feels out of place and...
  • Paris Fashion Week: Divas in fringe at Balmain and a newly platinum Kim Kardashian

    Paris Fashion Week: Divas in fringe at Balmain and a newly platinum Kim Kardashian
    There was a paparazzi scrum the likes of which we haven't seen so far at Paris Fashion Week, a front row pileup that included a newly platinum blond Kim Kardashian, hubbie Kanye West, Kris Jenner and Solange, and a disco's worth of fringe and beads on the...
  • Rolling Stones' lips unsealed?

    Rolling Stones' lips unsealed?
    The Rolling Stones' mysterious billboards were popping up all over Orlando last week, teasing a big March 19 announcement. Based on what we know as of press time, we can confidently guess that the announcement concerned a new U.S. tour that includes a...
  • Paris Fashion Week: Move over Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto, this is Rick Owens' show

    Forget the clothes. Paris Fashion Week was nearly hijacked by a couple of platinum blondes on Thursday, as the freshly dyed locks of Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto stole the spotlight when they attended the Balmain and Lanvin fashion shows. At Lanvin,...
  • Prosecutors: Phony cosmetic surgeon was no medical expert

    Prosecutors: Phony cosmetic surgeon was no medical expert
    A Philadelphia madam-turned-faux cosmetic surgeon kept up the ruse of being a medical expert even as a 20-year-old dancer who received illegal buttocks injections began to die, prosecutors told jurors Friday as her murder trial went to a jury. The...
  • Checking In: College music chairman a Grammy winner — sort of

    Checking In: College music chairman a Grammy winner — sort of
    He's already known around campus as Dr. Tresler. And now, maybe, Dr. Music is in order. Matthew Tresler, the academic chairman for music at Irvine Valley College, is a newly minted Grammy winner — by proxy, at least. Conspirare, the Austin,...