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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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  • Grammys: Kanye West and awards-show etiquette

    Grammys: Kanye West and awards-show etiquette
    The recording academy dodged disaster Sunday night. Sure, the Grammys ran too long, but they could have been even longer if Kanye West had interrupted Beck. Viewers may have thought that West was spoofing himself and calling attention to the...
  • Grammy: Enrique Iglesias y Gina Rodríguez entre los presentadores | FOTOS

    Grammy: Enrique Iglesias y Gina Rodríguez entre los presentadores | FOTOS
     LOS ANGELES - Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias y Gina Rodríguez, reciente ganadora del Globo de Oro a la mejor actriz de telecomedia por "Jane the Virgin", serán algunos de los presentadores de la 57 edición de los Grammy que tendrá lugar hoy en Los Ángeles...
  • Kanye West says Beck should have given award to Beyonce

    Kanye West says Beck should have given award to Beyonce
    Kanye West almost pulled another Kanye at the Grammy Awards. West briefly popped up on stage as Beck accepted the album of the year award on Sunday for "Morning Phase," beating out expected victor Beyoncé. West smiled and quickly jumped down, but...
  • Ease up, Grammys: No need to force the TV-music magic

    Ease up, Grammys: No need to force the TV-music magic
    Last night was the Grammys, also known as The Show Determined to Make You Never Want to Hear One Note of "Stay With Me " Ever Again. And that was the record of the year in the music industry's annual celebration of (what's left of) itself. Imagine how...
  • Our look at The Grammy Awards, and ranking the performances from best to worst

    Our look at The Grammy Awards, and ranking the performances from best to worst
    Soulful singer Sam Smith made it his night Sunday at the 57th annual Grammy Awards, taking home four awards, all major ones, and giving easily the night’s best performance. The surprise wasn’t that Smith didn’t win the fifth –...
  • Kanye West almost pulls a Kanye on Beck as he claims Grammy Awards' album of the year prize

    Kanye West almost pulled another Kanye at the Grammy Awards. West briefly popped up on stage as Beck accepted the album of the year award on Sunday for "Morning Phase," beating out expected victor Beyoncé. West smiled and quickly jumped down, but not...
  • 3 of the 4 top Grammys now staying with Sam Smith; he thanks his muse for big haul

    Somewhere in England sits a man who was the unwitting inspiration for the biggest winner at the Grammy Awards. He's the man who loved, and dumped, 22-year-old British soul singer Sam Smith. Smith's yearning hit, "Stay With Me," won Grammys for song and...
  • Grammy Awards 2015: Sam Smith almost sweeps top awards

    Grammy Awards 2015: Sam Smith almost sweeps top awards
    The 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday became the night of Sam Smith, the freshman British singer-songwriter who took three of the four top awards, for record, song and new artist. The runaway success of Smith’s career in the span of barely eight months...
  • SHOW BITS: Domestic violence issue gets Grammy spotlight

    A collection of colorful moments at Sunday's 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles as reported by Associated Press journalists on the scene: ___ TAKING CENTER STAGE The woman who spoke movingly from the Grammy stage about her experiences with...
  • Sam Smith wins 4 Grammys including top song, record; Beck wins album of the year

    Sam Smith's soulful sound and heartbreaking songs resonated with fans — and his breakthrough was solidified when he took home three of the top four Grammy Awards on Sunday, though Beck earned a surprise win for album of the year. "I want to thank...
  • You know what to do with that Florida orange, don't you? USA Today does

    You know what to do with that Florida orange, don't you? USA Today does
    It's time for Florida oranges to get some respect. Florida oranges must feel like Kanye West sometimes. Everyone knows your name, but nobody knows how great you really are. I can't speak for Kanye's talent, but Florida produces some awesome oranges...