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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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  • Bonnaroo Announcing 2015 Lineup A Month Early, With A Twist

    Bonnaroo Announcing 2015 Lineup A Month Early, With A Twist
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bonnaroo is announcing the music fest's lineup for this year's event a month earlier than usual, but there's a twist. The Tennessean says the 2015 Bonnaroo performers will be announced Tuesday, one at a time in a sort of...
  • Mayo: Before we pay for fracking, FPL keeps spinning

    Forget Flicker Plunder & Loot. I've got a new nickname for FPL: Feelings Pierced Lightly. If corporations are indeed people, then Florida Power & Light is the Kanye West of electric monopolies. Oh so sensitive. Apparently it's not enough that the...
  • Under-the-radar pop albums to watch for this year

    Under-the-radar pop albums to watch for this year
    The marketing plans are likely being discussed as you read this: brainstorming sessions focused on delivering glistening, big-ticket records from Kanye West, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Adele — 2015 albums so brightly anticipated that they...
  • 2014 in fashion: Hello, North West; goodbye, Oscar de la Renta; and more

    2014 in fashion: Hello, North West; goodbye, Oscar de la Renta; and more
    Whether you're counting hits or misses, 2014 certainly left a mark fashion-wise. From the runways to the red carpets to the slopes of Sochi, it was an endless parade of see-through dresses, ugly Olympic sweaters, cool cats in extra-large hats and just...
  • Madonna issues six new songs, album pre-sale after leak

    Madonna issues six new songs, album pre-sale after leak
    Thought Madonna was just going to let a massive leak slide without taking action? Wrong.    After more than a dozen tracks supposedly from her forthcoming album suddenly popped up online earlier this week, the pop diva fired back with her own surprise...
  • Beyonce confirms new album, 4 CD set to include new music

    Beyonce confirms new album, 4 CD set to include new music
    After weeks of internet speculation, Pitchfork confirmed yesterday that representatives from Beyonce's label have confirmed the release of "Beyoncé Platinum Edition Box Set", a four-disc project set for release on November 24. The new project will...
  • Leisure Studies: for King & Country and back home by 9:30 p.m.

    Leisure Studies: for King & Country and back home by 9:30 p.m.
    By 9:30 p.m. Saturday I was home. From a rock concert. Back in the day, we wouldn’t leave the suburbs for Chicago until 9:30 p.m. to hit places including Club 950 and Metro to hear what was called college rock, which morphed into indie rock. But...
  • Did Rihanna just spoil Kanye West 2015 tour secret?

    Did Rihanna just spoil Kanye West 2015 tour secret?
    Source: Getty Images Hit the road, Yeezy So ... Kanye West is touring in 2015? At least, according to Rihanna he is. The singer tweeted a promo link for her charity, Clara Lionel Foundation, which led to a bidding site for multiple prizes. Among them:...
  • Want to shop Jennifer Lawrence's film wardrobe? There's an app for that

    If you’ve ever seen something in a movie you really wanted but didn’t know where to buy — Jennifer Lawrence’s outfits in "The Hunger Games," Vin Diesel’s tank tops in "Fast and Furious 6" — TheTake might be able to...
  • Sam Smith, Beyoncé, Pharrell lead Grammy nominations

    Sam Smith, Beyoncé, Pharrell lead Grammy nominations
    A 22-year-old newcomer, U.K. soul-pop singer Sam Smith, joined Grammy mainstays Beyonce and Pharrell Williams with six nominations each on Friday for the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Smith dominated the four major categories, including a nomination for...
  • Beyonce announces box set edition of 2013 surprise album

    Beyonce announces box set edition of 2013 surprise album
    Turns out the rumor mill was half correct. Beyoncé will indeed release an expanded version of her self-titled surprise album in just a few weeks. The bad news: It’s not as amazing as the Internet hoped it would be. After days of online...