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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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  • Made in America lineup is a vivid look at rap's competing interests

    Made in America lineup is a vivid look at rap's competing interests
    When it was first announced, the lineup for this weekend's Made in America festival in downtown L.A. seemed an unfocused commercial mix-and-match of mass-market rock, electronic dance and hip-hop. On second and third glances, it mostly is, at least at...
  • Downtown L.A. prepares for kickoff of Made in America music fest

    Downtown L.A. prepares for kickoff of Made in America music fest
    Final preparations were underway early Saturday for a music festival expected to draw tens of thousands of concert-goers to downtown Los Angeles this weekend. The two-day Budweiser Made in America festival will bring acts including Kanye West,...
  • Made in America festival looks to go beyond music

    In the next few hours, tens of thousands of fans will descend on Grand Park for the first day of the Made in America festival. The two-day event that could attract up to 50,000 fans during the Labor Day weekend isn’t just an experiment for...
  • 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...
  • VMAs 2014: What time are the MTV Video Music Awards?

    VMAs 2014: What time are the MTV Video Music Awards?
    Well, well, well. The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are back, airing live at 6 p.m. PDT/9 p.m. EDT on Sunday. And if the ceremony is anything like last year’s, we’ll have weeks of delicious fodder if there’s a Miley Cyrus-Robin Thicke...
  • So you think you can shock? Prizes take backseat at MTV awards

    By Piya Sinha-Roy INGLEWOOD, Calif., Aug 22 (Reuters) - Blood, buttocks, snakes and angry rants are just some of the surprises served up by the MTV Video Music Awards over the last three decades, and as Sunday's ceremony looms, there is stiff competition...
  • '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...
  • Shooting of Suge Knight on Sunset Strip 'unacceptable,' mayor says

    Shooting of Suge Knight on Sunset Strip 'unacceptable,' mayor says
    A shooting on the Sunset Strip early Sunday that left former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight and two others wounded is "unacceptable," West Hollywood's mayor said. “This was just a regular night of fun on the Sunset Strip, and it...
  • Suge Knight, 2 others shot at Chris Brown party on Sunset Strip

    Suge Knight, 2 others shot at Chris Brown party on Sunset Strip
    The former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight, a founder of Death Row Records, and two others were shot early Sunday inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub at a pre-awards party hosted by singer Chris Brown. The 1OAK on West Hollywood&...
  • Video Music Awards 2014: Winners List

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - MTV's Video Music Awards will kicked off on Sunday night, 6 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, airing live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Among the biggest winners were Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry. See the...
  • Shooting of Suge Knight was a 'crime of opportunity,' official says

    Shooting of Suge Knight was a 'crime of opportunity,' official says
    Authorities say there was no altercation prior to a gunman shooting rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub early Sunday. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. John Corina said the shooting was "a crime of opportunity"...