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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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  • Through 'Hamilton,' the Founding Fathers might once again make history

    Through 'Hamilton,' the Founding Fathers might once again make history
    The Founding Fathers famously had a way with words, but as reincarnated in Lin-Manuel Miranda's sensational musical "Hamilton," they can now bust a rhyme with the legendary MCs. These revolutionaries still wear frock coats and breeches, but when they...
  • 'Body sculptor' on trial in buttocks injection death finishes testifying

    'Body sculptor' on trial in buttocks injection death finishes testifying
    PHILADELPHIA — A Gothic hip-hop artist finished testifying Friday in her cosmetic-surgery murder trial but not before she asked to say something more to the jury. Padge-Victoria Windslowe looked dejected when her lawyer quickly shut down her...
  • Kim Kardashian goes platinum for Fashion Week

    Kim Kardashian goes platinum for Fashion Week
    Kim Kardashian made a fashion statement of her own at Balmain's show Thursday, showing off newly platinum locks. Not to be outdone, husband Kanye West arrived fashionably at Dries Van Noten's show, holding up the start. Solange Knowles did the same at...
  • 'Black Madam' out of hospital, murder trial still on hold

    'Black Madam' out of hospital, murder trial still on hold
    A transgender "body sculptor" is back in prison after spending two days in a Philadelphia hospital in the midst of her colorful murder-trial testimony. Padge-Victoria Windslowe is accused of killing a 20-year-old London dancer with illegal buttocks...
  • Rolling Stones' lips unsealed?

    Rolling Stones' lips unsealed?
    The Rolling Stones' mysterious billboards were popping up all over Orlando last week, teasing a big March 19 announcement. Based on what we know as of press time, we can confidently guess that the announcement concerned a new U.S. tour that includes a...
  • Kanye West says 'I'm not a designer,' but he's learning

    Kanye West says 'I'm not a designer,' but he's learning
    One of the most-talked-about shows during New York Fashion Week belonged to Kanye West, the rap artist and aspiring fashion designer. When he unveiled his collaborative apparel and footwear collection with Adidas Originals on Feb. 12, the first thing...
  • Fashionable toddler North West baptized in Jerusalem

    Fashionable toddler North West baptized in Jerusalem
    Fashionable toddler North West -- she who sits front row at Paris fashion shows with  rapper/fashion designer dad Kanye West and reality star mom Kim Kardashian -- was baptized in a 12th century  Armenian church in Jerusalem on Monday. She wore white, and...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West have daughter North baptized in Jerusalem

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West have daughter North baptized in Jerusalem
    North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, was baptized Monday afternoon at a 12th century Armenian church in Jerusalem. The 30-minute ceremony welcoming the 22-month-old into the Armenian Apostolic Church took place at the Cathedral of St....
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye have baby baptized in Jerusalem

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye have baby baptized in Jerusalem
    Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West visited a centuries-old Armenian church in Jerusalem on Monday for the baptism of their daughter, North West. The Kardashians fended off swooning fans as they entered the Saint James Cathedral in Jerusalem's Old...
  • A polite suggestion for the IRS: Deduct this!

    You may think of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service -- the administrators of America's annual financial colonoscopy -- as a heartless gang of Uncle Sam's knee-cappers and bagmen, but that's where you're wrong. The IRS feels for us taxpayers whenever...
  • New Spike Lee film 'Chiraq' sparks conversation about the term

    New Spike Lee film 'Chiraq' sparks conversation about the term
    Reports that filmmaker Spike Lee is planning to shoot a feature movie here called "Chiraq" ruined Aaron Pierce's mood Thursday. "I'm just really concerned about using that name," said Pierce, a South Side rapper who started an "Anti-Chiraq" social media...