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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 goes overtime at Made in America

    Kanye West goes overtime at Made in America
    Kanye West wore several intimidating, face-obscuring masks during his headlining set at the Budweiser Made in America festival on Sunday, but underneath each of them, he told fans, was a good guy. “People say that I’m a bad person,”...
  • How do you dress for a rock show?

    How do you dress for a rock show?
    Ogee Muniz, dressed as a Firebird, complete with a red mask, was chatting with her Gingerbread Man-out-of-"Shrek" boyfriend Anthony Cruz in the United Center concourse before Arcade Fire's Tuesday night set when a petite woman in a formal dress approached...
  • Set times announced for downtown's Made in America Festival

    Set times announced for downtown's Made in America Festival
    This weekend will bring the first Los Angeles production of the Budweiser Made in America festival, a two-day concert event co-founded by Blue Ivy Carter's father, Jay-Z. The festival, born in Philadelphia in 2012, expands to the West Coast at Grand...
  • Made in America Festival makes debut at downtown L.A.'s Grand Park

    Made in America Festival makes debut at downtown L.A.'s Grand Park
    "Hello, Los Angeles," said Metric lead singer Emily Haines near the end of the band's second song on the city's first day of the Budweiser Made in America Festival. Her next words were far more ominous: "They're going to eat me alive, if I stumble." She...
  • '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...
  • Made in America Festival: Tips for navigating the event

    Made in America Festival: Tips for navigating the event
    Grand Park has held plenty of concerts and holiday events but nothing quite like what's coming this weekend for the Made in America Festival. Though organizers trimmed expectations for the crowd (estimates are around 35,000 — including security...
  • Made in America Philadelphia: Festival temporarily stalled by rain

    As festival-goers at the Los Angeles edition of the Budweiser Made in America fest sought relief from the heat Sunday, the Philadelphia edition of the two-day concert had to be temporarily halted due to severe weather. Two songs into Spoon’s 6 p....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Allison Janney Reminds Everyone She Has Six Emmys (VIDEO)

    Allison Janney had a Kanye West moment at the end of her acceptance speech Monday night when she reminded the audience, after winning Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy ("Mom"), that she now has six Emmys.   Related stories'Weird Al' Yankovic...