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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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  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • When it comes to exes, Amber Rose got it right

    When it comes to exes, Amber Rose got it right
    Celebrities just can’t seem to get over it. Their past relationships, that is. I mean it’s at an all-time high in the past year or so. It’s as if no one can find any type of chill. From the ever-so-emotional Chris Brown blasting his...
  • 'Black Madam' out of hospital, murder trial still on hold

    'Black Madam' out of hospital, murder trial still on hold
    A transgender "body sculptor" is back in prison after spending two days in a Philadelphia hospital in the midst of her colorful murder-trial testimony. Padge-Victoria Windslowe is accused of killing a 20-year-old London dancer with illegal buttocks...
  • Kanye West, Sia among acts set for KIIS-FM's Wango Tango

    Kanye West, Sia among acts set for KIIS-FM's Wango Tango
    Kanye West is set to headline this year's edition of KIIS-FM's Wango Tango concert, organizers announced Friday in a relatively edgy booking for the annual pop extravaganza known for its breathlessly cheerful vibe. Other acts scheduled to appear May 9...
  • Duchess of Cambridge makes final pre-baby appearance

    Duchess of Cambridge makes final pre-baby appearance
    The Duchess of Cambridge has made her last scheduled public appearance before retiring to await the birth of her next child, due in April. She wore a  pink coat by Mulberry as she and her husband visited first a community center in southeast London and...
  • Honesty is the best policy for rising star Halsey

    Honesty is the best policy for rising star Halsey
    To get a sense of Halsey’s worldview, you need look only at why, given the choice between Madonna and Rihanna, the rising one-named pop singer doesn’t hesitate. “Oh, Rihanna. Because I think that she’s a fucking badass,”...
  • The best and worst of the Lolla 2015 lineup

    The best and worst of the Lolla 2015 lineup
    After tons of speculation and supposed certainty that Drake and AC/DC would be headlining Lolla 2015 (July 31-Aug. 2 at Grant Park), well, they’re not. But there’s plenty to be excited about on this year’s roster, which, according to...
  • George Clooney to produce Tom Ford's next film

    George Clooney to produce Tom Ford's next film
    George Clooney, who received the Cecil B. DeMille award for achievement in film and television at this year's Golden Globes, will produce fashion designer/film director Tom Ford's next movie. It's called "Nocturnal Animals" and is an adaptation of the...
  • Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity kids make their modeling debut

    Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity kids make their modeling debut
    From the Beckhams to the Birkheads, there’s no denying good genes! So it’s no surprise that Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia took to modeling at the age of 10. And we were not shocked to see the 1-year-old daughter of Kanye West and...
  • Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA

    Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA
    The video is like a feverish dream of Los Angeles. Beneath the sprawling, horizontal cityscape, a marching band grooves on an empty field. Young boys drip-dry after a dip in the pool. A woman with a tower of gray hair and a kindly gaze stands before a...