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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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  • St. Frances' Smith is 'average Joe' with above-average talent

    St. Frances' Smith is 'average Joe' with above-average talent
    At first glance, it's probably hard to see Rahshaun Smith and say he's an underdog. He stands 6 feet 3, weighs 230 pounds and has a deep, booming voice. His nickname is Shaq — and it was given to him at age 12. On the football field, Smith...
  • TICKET BOX: All American Rejects at Musikfest, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at Philadelphia's Wells Faro Center, Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall series among more than 40 new shows

     
    Welcome to Lehigh Valley Music's Ticket Box, listing new shows on sale. All American Rejects at Bethlehem's Musikfest Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at Philadelphia'sWells Fargo Center and the new season for Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall are among 40...
  • 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...
  • Kourtney Kardashian reportedly pregnant again

    Kourtney Kardashian reportedly pregnant again
    Kourtney Kardashian may be expanding her brood yet again -- the reality TV star is reportedly pregnant with her third child.  As if there weren't enough Kardashians to contend with as it were ... The baby news came Wednesday via Us Weekly, with...
  • 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...
  • Kim Kardashian-Kanye West wedding: Who, what, where? Forget why

    Kim Kardashian-Kanye West wedding: Who, what, where? Forget why
    It's Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding week, which means it's time again to round up the details, running from rumors to real-life moments captured in photographs and video. Paparazzi have been doing big business catching Kardashian family members...
  • 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...
  • Future is rap's reigning balladeer

    Future is rap's reigning balladeer
    No one writes a love song like Future. The 30-year-old, born Nayvadius Wilburn, hinted at his prowess on earlier mixtapes, but the Atlanta artist set himself apart from peers on his 2012 debut album, “Pluto.” In particular, Future won a...
  • Rob Kardashian calls out the haters: 'I'm aware that I'm fat'

    Rob Kardashian calls out the haters: 'I'm aware that I'm fat'
    Rob Kardashian didn't need Twitter to tell him he's overweight, but he apparently did need all that fat talk to lure him out of his recent hiatus on the social-media platform.  "so i found out i was trending for being fat... thank you all it really made...
  • 10 pressing observations on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    10 pressing observations on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards
    Whether or not you tuned into the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, you definitely heard about Michael Jackson's resurrection. Five years after the King of Pop died, he returned in hologram form to "perform" a tune from his new posthumous album,...