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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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  • Future and Kanye West's video for 'I Won' is now playing

    Future and Kanye West's video for 'I Won' is now playing
    There are "trophy wives," and then there the prizes on offer in Future and Kanye West's new video. In the new clip for "I Won," Future extrapolates on that old women-as-prizes-for-music-success canard. While decked out in a Tom Wolfe-worthy white suit...
  • Chicago rap in the looming aftermath of drill

    Chicago rap in the looming aftermath of drill
    Almost two years ago, Kanye West dropped a remixed version of the infectious drill rap single "I Don't Like," changing the life of its original owner, a then-rising 16-year-old street rapper named Keith Cozart, as well as altering the fortunes of an...
  • Would you like some rap with that chicken?

    Would you like some rap with that chicken?
    What is it about fried chicken sandwich shops that makes them a lightning rod for controversy? A little under two months ago, Leghorn Chicken opened in Ukrainian Village. Though the owners have never said it overtly, several things about it—the...
  • Baz Luhrmann adds new moves to 'Strictly Ballroom' for musical

    Baz Luhrmann adds new moves to 'Strictly Ballroom' for musical
    SYDNEY, Australia — The video playing on the television inside Baz Luhrmann's bedroom was supposed to be much steamier. But where there should have been desirous bumping and prurient grinding, the couples were remarkably chaste, as if they had...
  • Forget Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy; they aren't today's Americans

    Gee, with first Cliven Bundy and now the allegations against Donald Sterling, it is a bit like Rip Van Winkle in reverse: We awoke from a long sleep and found ourselves back in 1950s America. Or maybe it’s like a racist variation of “The...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West reportedly getting married this week

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West reportedly getting married this week
    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are reportedly getting married sometime this week in Los Angeles -- but it would be a civil ceremony only, and one likely to be conducted privately.  But Kimye watchers, don't despair: Plans for fancy nuptials in France...
  • Fact or fiction: Kanye West 3-hour spoken-word album coming?

    The absurd genius of the Kanye West universe is that even the wackiest rumors about him carry  a shred of potential credibility. Like the one circulating now—that West is planning to release a spoken-word album. A three-hour spoken-word album....
  • Elton John, Elizabeth Hurley attend Hot Pink Party fundraiser

    Many guests wore some form of pink -- in the form of a tiny pocket square if not a floor-length gown -- to the Hot Pink Party at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC on Monday night. Elizabeth Hurley hosted, and Sir Elton John and Sara Bareilles performed at the...
  • 10 pressing observations on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    10 pressing observations on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards
    Whether or not you tuned into the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, you definitely heard about Michael Jackson's resurrection. Five years after the King of Pop died, he returned in hologram form to "perform" a tune from his new posthumous album,...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West to wed at Versailles, E! News says

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West to wed at Versailles, E! News says
    E! News, which has the inside track on all things Kardashian, is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will marry at Versailles. Were you expecting a quiet church wedding in a secluded spot? E! is reporting that the guest list will be held to...
  • Kim Kardashian prepping for weekend wedding to Kanye West

    Kim Kardashian prepping for weekend wedding to Kanye West
    In preparation for her wedding to Kanye West this coming weekend, Kim Kardashian got a vegan stem cell facial. The price: $550. [Us Weekly] Meanwhile where will the wedding take place? There had been rumors of Versailles, but now reports in the media...