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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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  • Taylor Swift was bad at MTV awards. Then again, all of VMAs was pretty bad.

     
    We stayed out of the argument last week over rapper Earl Sweatshirt’s claim that Berks County native Taylor Swift’s video for her new “song” -- “Shake It Off” – was “patently offensive.” After all, how...
  • Nicki Minaj scores, with help from Beyonce and Sir Mix-a-Lot

    Nicki Minaj scores, with help from Beyonce and Sir Mix-a-Lot
    Last week Nicki Minaj was everywhere, from a Google doodle to perched atop the Statue of Liberty to being launched into space – with the help of Photoshop, of course. An image of Minaj in sneakers,┬áitty-bitty pink bikini and striking a pose that...
  • Kim Kardashian dresses up and strips down, all for British GQ

    Kim Kardashian, woman of the year? Yup, that's what they're saying across the pond, where British GQ on Tuesday celebrated the title it had bestowed upon her -- while at the same time honoring its various selections for men of the year. Kardashian,...
  • CBS cancels plan to air Rihanna song before Ravens game

    CBS cancels plan to air Rihanna song before Ravens game
    CBS has scrapped plans to feature Rihanna's song "Run This Town" during the opener for "Thursday Night Football," according to multiple reports. Rihanna's involvement presented an unfortunate coincidence: The singer, herself a victim of a physical...
  • 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...
  • Orioles, Ravens stars and coaches take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Orioles, Ravens stars and coaches take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has reached the highest levels of Baltimore sports, and we should all be glad for it. In the last day, Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, plus Ravens kicker Justin...
  • 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&...
  • Virgin Mobile FreeFest not returning this year

    Virgin Mobile FreeFest not returning this year
    Virgin Mobile FreeFest, arguably the area's most prominent music festival for the past eight years, will not take place this year, organizers said Tuesday. Virgin Mobile did not explain what brought about the decision to cancel the concert at...
  • '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...
  • The Written Word Can Still Pack A Punch

    In a New York Times essay marking the 50th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan's landmark book "Understanding Media," novelist Rivka Galchen initially seems to endorse McLuhan's contention that visual media are replacing the written word. "The written word is...
  • Music streaming services unleash a torrent of digital playlists

     Music streaming services unleash a torrent of digital playlists
    It's a question we pose daily, and with increasing frequency in an age of digital bounty and instant entertainment: "What am I in the mood for?" We ask it of office mates at lunch, friends before taking in a movie, with family on weekends. We stare at the...