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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, Chemical Brothers lead Lorde's 'Hunger Games' soundtrack

    Kanye West, Chemical Brothers lead Lorde's 'Hunger Games' soundtrack
    The contestants have been declared in Lorde's tournament of experimental pop music on her soundtrack for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." The New Zealand electro-pop artist, who just played a well-received stand at the Greek Theatre, had...
  • Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy

    Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy
    Wearing a loose-knotted black sweater that revealed his carved torso beneath, the pianist, singer and songwriter known as Perfume Genius sat before a whisper-quiet sold-out crowd at the Roxy in West Hollywood and tried to explain the raw, full-throated...
  • Drew Barrymore guest edits People Stylewatch beauty edition

    Drew Barrymore guest-edited People Stylewatch's special edition on beauty. In an interview she talks about beauty (of course) and counsels not to be uptight. "Never get worried about what people say because it’s good to not be afraid," she says....
  • Life is Beautiful festival to offer live stream for charity

    Life is Beautiful festival to offer live stream for charity
    Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex and the Weeknd are a few of the nearly 70 acts booked for the Life is Beautiful festival Oct. 24-26 in Las Vegas. But those burned out from festival season – or just not up for a Vegas weekend –...
  • REVIEW: Steel Panther is under-appreciated -- or misunderstood -- opening for Judas Priest at PPL Center

    REVIEW: Steel Panther is under-appreciated -- or misunderstood --  opening for Judas Priest at PPL Center
    What happens if you’re a band whose whole act is a spoof, but nobody gets it? That’s what largely happened when heavy metal parody band Steel Panther opened for Judas Priest at Allentown’s PPL Center on Wednesday. The band, which had...
  • Abdu Ali on new 'Already' EP and the importance of Baltimore Club

    Abdu Ali on new 'Already' EP and the importance of Baltimore Club
    In 2014, the beauty of Baltimore Club music – the city’s beloved, high-beats-per-minute breakbeat dance music – is how it has splintered in unpredictable ways. 92Q’s DJ AngelBaby is incorporating Jersey and Philly Club...
  • Heat's Udonis Haslem looks to make acting debut in ALS film

    Heat's Udonis Haslem looks to make acting debut in ALS film
    Miami music-video director Gil Green is within $3,000 of his Kickstarter goal to make “Who is Lou Gehrig?,” a short film about local youth sports coach Jeff Fogel’s life with ALS. The film will mark the acting debut of Miami Heat star...
  • Wendy Williams: Talk show comes first

    Wendy Williams: Talk show comes first
    Wendy Williams is thrilled that one of her talk-show guests next week will be her idol, Judge Judy Sheindlin. “She is no-nonsense,” Williams said Friday during a visit to the Orlando Sentinel. “She says it straight, and somehow you...
  • Amber Rose shares 'true heartache' after split from Wiz Khalifa

    Amber Rose shares 'true heartache' after split from Wiz Khalifa
    Amber Rose has been staying candid on Twitter about her feelings following her contentious split from rapper Wiz Khalifa. The model, real name Amber Levonchuk, filed for divorce from the "Black and Yellow" rapper in September and took to social media on...
  • Will Kendall Jenner become a Victoria's Secret angel?

    Will Kendall Jenner become a Victoria's Secret angel?
    Is Kendall Jenner next in line to become a Victoria's Secret angel? According to In Touch Weekly, the lingerie company would like to sign Kendall, whose career as a runway model is really taking off. The daughter of Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner and...
  • 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...