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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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  • Hopes and dreams for Lakers collide with realities in season opener

    Hopes and dreams for Lakers collide with realities in season opener
    A Lakers opener that began slowly and soberly ended, in awfully appropriate fashion, with sadness. Midway through the fourth quarter Tuesday, the best young Lakers hope in a season already devoid of much hope fell to the Staples Center floor with a loud...
  • Kanye West, Chemical Brothers lead Lorde's 'Hunger Games' soundtrack

    Kanye West, Chemical Brothers lead Lorde's 'Hunger Games' soundtrack
    The contestants have been declared in Lorde's tournament of experimental pop music on her soundtrack for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." The New Zealand electro-pop artist, who just played a well-received stand at the Greek Theatre, had...
  • Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy

    Perfume Genius sashays as he devastates a sold-out Roxy
    Wearing a loose-knotted black sweater that revealed his carved torso beneath, the pianist, singer and songwriter known as Perfume Genius sat before a whisper-quiet sold-out crowd at the Roxy in West Hollywood and tried to explain the raw, full-throated...
  • Life is Beautiful festival to offer live stream for charity

    Life is Beautiful festival to offer live stream for charity
    Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex and the Weeknd are a few of the nearly 70 acts booked for the Life is Beautiful festival Oct. 24-26 in Las Vegas. But those burned out from festival season – or just not up for a Vegas weekend –...
  • REVIEW: Steel Panther is under-appreciated -- or misunderstood -- opening for Judas Priest at PPL Center

    REVIEW: Steel Panther is under-appreciated -- or misunderstood --  opening for Judas Priest at PPL Center
    What happens if you’re a band whose whole act is a spoof, but nobody gets it? That’s what largely happened when heavy metal parody band Steel Panther opened for Judas Priest at Allentown’s PPL Center on Wednesday. The band, which had...
  • Drew Barrymore guest edits People Stylewatch beauty edition

    Drew Barrymore guest-edited People Stylewatch's special edition on beauty. In an interview she talks about beauty (of course) and counsels not to be uptight. "Never get worried about what people say because it’s good to not be afraid," she says....
  • Kim Kardashian didn't leave daughter North behind at a Paris hotel

    Kim Kardashian didn't leave daughter North behind at a Paris hotel
    Ha! That's Kim Kardashian laughing off claims that she left her 15-month-old daughter, North West, behind in a Paris hotel on Wednesday. The story started when a now-viral video showed the 33-year-old reality star exiting her hotel solo and looking in...
  • Kanye gives Kim Kardashian a custom purse; did she want a BlackBerry?

    Kanye gives Kim Kardashian a custom purse; did she want a BlackBerry?
    Kim Kardashian seems to have a penchant for custom purses and BlackBerry smartphones. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star revealed her proclivity to each item at various events this week just after celebrating her 34th birthday. Speaking with...
  • World loses Oscar de la Renta, but I lose a good friend

    "I POSTPONE death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing." -- Anais Nin. Oscar de la Renta, a great friend and practically the king of the fashion world, left us this week. I had known Oscar since the days he started out at...
  • Abdu Ali on new 'Already' EP and the importance of Baltimore Club

    Abdu Ali on new 'Already' EP and the importance of Baltimore Club
    In 2014, the beauty of Baltimore Club music – the city’s beloved, high-beats-per-minute breakbeat dance music – is how it has splintered in unpredictable ways. 92Q’s DJ AngelBaby is incorporating Jersey and Philly Club...
  • Will Kathy Griffin replace Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'?

    Will Kathy Griffin replace Joan Rivers on 'Fashion Police'?
    Will Kathy Griffin replace Joan Rivers? Melissa Rivers has given her blessings to another season of "Fashion Police," and a source told the Hollywood Reporter that a short list of possible replacements for late host Joan Rivers has been drawn up,...