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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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  • Chuck Klosterman explores the dark side

    Chuck Klosterman explores the dark side
    Read "I Wear the Black Hat," Chuck Klosterman's book about villainy that includes his often-provocative takes on pop culture figures from Kanye West to Bill Clinton, and it's easy to imagine him standing by a set of railroad tracks, sneering and...
  • Paris Fashion Week: At Balmain, Rihanna looms too large

    Paris Fashion Week: At Balmain, Rihanna looms too large
    Skin is in -- skin wrapped in clear plastic, swathed in oversized, "Stop Making Sense" era suits, and spangled to high heaven, at least according to Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, who showed his spring collection on Thursday during Paris Fashion...
  • Common announces AAHH! Fest for September, Dave Chappelle slated to host

    Common announces AAHH! Fest for September, Dave Chappelle slated to host
    Common announced the first AAHH! Fest on Wednesday, a collaboration between the legendary Chicago rapper via his Common Ground Foundation and Donda's House, Inc. (a foundation founded by Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith named after West's later mother...
  • Kanye West steals the stage at AAHH! Fest

    Kanye West steals the stage at AAHH! Fest
    The first annual AAHH! Fest, a community-focused concert effort between Common and his Common Ground Foundation and Donda's House Inc. (a creative arts foundation co-founded by Kanye West and Che "Rhymefest" Smith"), took place Sunday in Union Park....
  • Sean Combs finds a $39-million spot to display his Grammys

    Sean Combs finds a $39-million spot to display his Grammys
    Sean John Combs, a.k.a. Puff Daddy, P. Diddy or just plain Diddy, has bought a newly built mansion on the Westside for $39 million. Completed this year, the European-style villa has about 17,000 square feet of living space in a two-story main house with...
  • Aphex Twin's 'Syro': A labyrinthine EDM gem

    Aphex Twin's 'Syro': A labyrinthine EDM gem
    Few artists over the last few decades have as successfully thrived beneath various interfaces as Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin. A composer and beat-music innovator whose way with intricate electronic-synthetic melody spawned entire...
  • 'David Bowie Is': How do you fit a rocker into an art museum?

    'David Bowie Is': How do you fit a rocker into an art museum?
    Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...
  • Made in America festival: 5 things we learned from Day 1

    Made in America festival: 5 things we learned from Day 1
    The first day of the Made in America festival featured a diverse slate of acts (Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities), pounding heat, snarled lines aplenty, busy porta johns, shirtless bros, girls in floppy hats and everything else that comes...
  • 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....
  • Searing sets save Made in America L.A.

     Searing sets save Made in America L.A.
    What makes a good Southern California music festival? Quality acts, artfully selected, with pleasant surprises and an overarching vision. Easy access to essentials for enjoying — not just surviving — the daylong adventures. Accessible good...
  • Made in America tests Grand Park, with mixed reviews from fans

    Made in America tests Grand Park, with mixed reviews from fans
    "Sing so loud Jay Z can hear it," Chance the Rapper hollered Sunday from one of two stages in front of Los Angeles City Hall. It was a reference to the hip-hop mogul and mastermind behind the two-day Budweiser Made in America festival, where established...