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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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  • Kim Kardashian hits Paris couture week with designer Valentino

    Kim Kardashian accompanied designer Valentino Garavani at his namesake couture show in Paris on Wednesday. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star walked into the show, held at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, arm-in-arm with the Italian brand's...
  • Mixtape mini-reviews: King Louie, Lil Durk, Sulaiman

    Mixtape mini-reviews: King Louie, Lil Durk, Sulaiman
    Several notable Chicago rappers have released mixtapes in the past few days. Here's how they fared: King L, "Tony"  *** (out of 4) Despite being one of the brightest stars of Chicago's nationwide rap boom in 2012, landing a deal with Epic records...
  • Oscar-winning actor/screenwriter bringing his band to Sellersville Theater 1894

     
    An actor and Academy Award-winning screenwriter will bring his rockabilly band to an area music venue, it was just announced. Billy Bob Thornton, who starred in such box-office hits as “Armageddon,” “Bad Santa” and “Bad New...
  • Social media magic doesn't exist

    Social media magic doesn't exist
    Someone recently referred to what I do as social media magic and asked me to sprinkle some "magic dust" to help them promote something. I immediately checked my business card to confirm what I already knew: My title isn't "social media magician." And...
  • For 'Maleficent,' Elle Fanning's look was 'really girly and innocent'

    For 'Maleficent,' Elle Fanning's look was 'really girly and innocent'
    To dress then-14-year-old Elle Fanning for her role as Aurora in "Maleficent," costume designer Anna B. Sheppard decided to make her more youthful and less womanly than the character in the 1959 Disney animated movie "Sleeping Beauty." She told Vanity...
  • X returns to 'Los Angeles' at the Roxy

    X returns to 'Los Angeles' at the Roxy
    The best punk is a mix of power and restraint. The staple L.A punk band X had plenty of power on Thursday night at the Roxy, where it kicked off a four-night stand performing its best albums front-to-back.  Thursday’s set focused on 1980’s...
  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Time Scanners' and more

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Time Scanners' and more
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 13 - 19, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Time Scanners In the series' finale, a trip...
  • Gisele Bundchen, Carles Puyol deliver World Cup trophy

    Gisele Bundchen, Carles Puyol deliver World Cup trophy
    Brazilian super model Gisele Bundchen and former player Carles Puyol of Spain delivered the FIFA World Cup trophy to the pitch on Sunday before Germany's win over Argentina. The cup had traveled in style, in a custom Louis Vuitton trunk. Bundchen wore...
  • More Kardashians?! Kourtney Kardashian reportedly pregnant again

    More Kardashians?! Kourtney Kardashian reportedly pregnant again
    Kourtney Kardashian may be expanding her brood yet again -- the reality TV star is reportedly pregnant with her third child.  As if there weren't enough Kardashians to contend with as it were ... The baby news came Wednesday via Us Weekly, with...
  • Tom Arnold dresses as Jason Aldean at CMT Music Awards

    Tom Arnold dresses as Jason Aldean at CMT Music Awards
    After this week's CFDA Awards featuring Rihanna in a sparkly transparent dress, we were somewhat underwhelmed by the CMT Music Awards red carpet on Wednesday night. The night's winner for Video of the Year, Carrie Underwood, wore a pretty floral halter...
  • Kim Kardashian's nutty pregnancy advice was 'sarcastic,' she says

    Can't anyone take a joke around here? A lot of people took Kim Kardashian’s recent remarks on pregnancy to be serious. Which, she says, they weren't. "I guess you can’t be sarcastic when doing interviews!" the mother of 1-year-old North West...