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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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  • How do you dress for a rock show?

    How do you dress for a rock show?
    Ogee Muniz, dressed as a Firebird, complete with a red mask, was chatting with her Gingerbread Man-out-of-"Shrek" boyfriend Anthony Cruz in the United Center concourse before Arcade Fire's Tuesday night set when a petite woman in a formal dress approached...
  • The selling of Oak Park teen Tavi Gevinson

     The selling of Oak Park teen Tavi Gevinson
    Look! Here's the recent high school graduate Tavi Gevinson swinging from a crab apple tree in her Oak Park backyard — as photographed by Annie Leibovitz and published in Vanity Fair. Look! Here's Tavi Gevinson lying on her single, teenager's bed...
  • 'Go Metro' -- except to downtown's Labor Day weekend music festival?

    'Go Metro' -- except to downtown's Labor Day weekend music festival?
    It's going to be one of the biggest concerts of the summer, drawing performers such as Kanye West and John Mayer and as many as 50,000 fans to Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. For weeks, organizers have been urging ticketholders to "Go Metro" and...
  • Made in America Festival: Tips for navigating the event

    Made in America Festival: Tips for navigating the event
    Grand Park has held plenty of concerts and holiday events but nothing quite like what's coming this weekend for the Made in America Festival. Though organizers trimmed expectations for the crowd (estimates are around 35,000 — including security...
  • Listen to a mega-mix of Nicki Minaj features

    Listen to a mega-mix of Nicki Minaj features
    Adding Nicki Minaj to your song is usually a good idea.  While there are obvious clunkers (her turn on Wale's "Clappers" never did it for me) she's usually flawless in the feature department. To prove this, some great American named "ursulatheseabitch"...
  • 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...
  • '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...