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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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  • 'Go Metro' -- except to downtown's Labor Day weekend music festival?

    'Go Metro' -- except to downtown's Labor Day weekend music festival?
    It's going to be one of the biggest concerts of the summer, drawing performers such as Kanye West and John Mayer and as many as 50,000 fans to Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. For weeks, organizers have been urging ticketholders to "Go Metro" and...
  • Was Marion 'Suge' Knight shot over a book proposal?

    Was Marion 'Suge' Knight shot over a book proposal?
    It’s not often that you hear about assassination attempts linked to book proposals. Writing a book pitch, after all, is a notoriously quixotic thing to do. Publishers routinely "kill" books simply by rejecting them. And Americans are so blas√©...
  • 'Frank' has genius obscured

    'Frank' has genius obscured
    **1/2 (out of four) Anyone who raises an eyebrow at Kanye West performing shows in a mask may elevate their entire face at the title character of “Frank.” Played by Michael Fassbender, he spends all of his time wearing a giant, fake head that...
  • Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss snag all-model Vogue cover

    Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss snag all-model Vogue cover
    Yes, those are models on the cover of Vogue's September issue. Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss, to be exact. Anna Wintour and her well-heeled minions seem to have accepted digital media's clout, because these aren't just any models; they'...
  • Black jeans are definitely in style — for men and women

    Black jeans are definitely in style — for men and women
    As far as denim is concerned, it's definitely "back to black." Not since the punked-out days of the '80s and early '90s, when club-goers dyed their jeans to get the properly sooty hue, has black denim seemed so with-it. With updated textiles and a...
  • Kim Kardashian on Rob Kardashian's wedding no-show: 'I ... understand'

    Kim Kardashian loves her brother Rob Kardashian a lot, she says. She also tough-loves him. But that doesn't mean they fought about anything when he bailed on her wedding day back in May. "He sent me a long e-mail the morning of, that he was going to...
  • Lands' End customers upset with free scantily-clad GQ magazine

    Lands' End customers upset with free scantily-clad GQ magazine
    The cover of the July GQ magazine featuring model Emily Ratajkowski wearing a strategically placed lei isn't so surprising, but some the customers of Lands' End who received it for free as part of a promotion voiced their disapproval. Last week, Lands'...
  • Young man guilty of first-degree murder in case involving jealousy, unrequited love

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. Pedro Bravo was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the killing of University of Florida freshman Christian Aguilar at the close of a two-week trial that centered on jealousy, rage, unrequited love, suicide and, ultimately,...
  • Grammy-Winning R&B Singer Estelle to Perform at Domestic Violence Charity Gala

    By Linda Ge LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Grammy award winning R&B singer Estelle will perform at Face Forward Foundation's Fifth Annual Gala, "A Venetian Masquerade" on Sept. 13 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Founded by Deborah Alessi...
  • Baltimore native Kevin Liles is a big hit in music and beyond

    Baltimore native Kevin Liles is a big hit in music and beyond
    NEW YORK CITY— Kevin Liles is riding high. On a bright August afternoon, the Baltimore-born entertainment mogul is ensconced 35 stories above midtown Manhattan, enjoying lunch at one of the city's most exclusive hotels, the Mandarin Oriental....
  • Week in music: FKA Twigs arrives, Kanye fires DJ, Ty Segall burns, more

    Week in music: FKA Twigs arrives, Kanye fires DJ, Ty Segall burns, more
    A week of tragic death, police crackdown, tear gas, drought and Magic!'s "Rude" as the No. 1 pop song in the country. Dog days indeed. Below, the week in music, along with a tip on some weekend melodic salve.  -- FKA Twigs officially arrived this...