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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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  • Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity kids make their modeling debut

    Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity kids make their modeling debut
    From the Beckhams to the Birkheads, there’s no denying good genes! So it’s no surprise that Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia took to modeling at the age of 10. And we were not shocked to see the 1-year-old daughter of Kanye West and...
  • George Clooney to produce Tom Ford's next film

    George Clooney to produce Tom Ford's next film
    George Clooney, who received the Cecil B. DeMille award for achievement in film and television at this year's Golden Globes, will produce fashion designer/film director Tom Ford's next movie. It's called "Nocturnal Animals" and is an adaptation of the...
  • Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA

    Kendrick Lamar's video director Kahlil Joseph takes his hypnotic art to MOCA
    The video is like a feverish dream of Los Angeles. Beneath the sprawling, horizontal cityscape, a marching band grooves on an empty field. Young boys drip-dry after a dip in the pool. A woman with a tower of gray hair and a kindly gaze stands before a...
  • Rob Kardashian reappears on Instagram with provocative post about Kim

    Rob Kardashian reappears on Instagram with provocative post about Kim
    Rob Kardashian has surfaced again on social media after a hiatus, as Rob Kardashian has been known to do.  This time, he's invoked sister Kim Kardashian's name in an Instagram post that folks aren't sure whether to take seriously or laugh off as a joke....
  • SXSW 2015: The festival changes, but for the better?

    SXSW 2015: The festival changes, but for the better?
    A prevailing notion at the South by Southwest music festival, which concluded here Sunday, was that this year's edition delivered a much-needed course correction. Having spent the better part of a week trudging around downtown Austin — from...
  • King Kendrick: The Compton rapper's rise to hip-hop royalty

    King Kendrick: The Compton rapper's rise to hip-hop royalty
    With his third album “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar is firmly atop the rap world with his only peers being Kanye West and Drake. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that the now-27-year-old artist was even mentioned in the same breath...
  • Kendrick Lamar battles his demons, comes out a rap visionary on 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

    Kendrick Lamar battles his demons, comes out a rap visionary on 'To Pimp a Butterfly'
    If it wasn’t clear after 2012’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City,” an album instantly, justly heralded as a classic, Kendrick Lamar’s follow-up, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” confirms that he’s a genius. He’s here...
  • Roundup: Madonna stingy with her Kahlo, a pyramid lost, a city found

    Roundup: Madonna stingy with her Kahlo, a pyramid lost, a city found
    Copyright laws in England ... green roofs in France ... destroyed pyramids in Peru ... Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Detroit ... the spiritual aspect of TED Talks .... grappling with zoning issues in Houston and Los Angeles. Here’s what we’...
  • SXSW 2015: Snoop Dogg, Sam Hunt aim to stand out in a crowded music field

    SXSW 2015: Snoop Dogg, Sam Hunt aim to stand out in a crowded music field
    Though its film and interactive portions have been cranking out news — and hype — for the better part of a week, the annual South by Southwest conference officially launches its music programming Tuesday, bringing more than 2,000 acts to...
  • McCartney endorsement not enough for Kanye-protesting Glastonbury fans

    McCartney endorsement not enough for Kanye-protesting Glastonbury fans
    If collaborating with Paul McCartney on multiple singles isn't enough to convince Glastonbury fans of your rock-fest credibility, then what is? Glasto fans -- never exactly known for their polite reserve and decorum -- have begun circulating a mock...
  • Music without borders

    Music without borders
    Many musical artists strive to not be pigeonholed. Dana Leong Trio fits that bill. "We provide a twist on classical instruments, such as bass and cello, mixed with the excitement of electronic elements," Leong said of the group, which performs March...