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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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  • Sideline Chatter: Further proof that rules are made to be broken

    Jerry Tarkanian wasn't called Tark the Shark for nothing. Seems the late UNLV basketball coach, whose flouting of NCAA regulations was the stuff of legend, once raised a lot of eyebrows at an NCAA reform gathering when he voted in favor of every single...
  • New York Fashion Week: North West steals the front row show at Alexander Wang

    New York Fashion Week: North West steals the front row show at Alexander Wang
    Forget Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. North West stole the front row show at the Alexander Wang runway extravaganza Saturday night, wearing a custom-made baby version of what Wang was showing on the runway, a pint-sized black dress edged in...
  • 5 engaging ways to share social media content

    5 engaging ways to share social media content
    You sit down at your computer armed with a bunch of great content and you're excited to share with your audiences. But how do you say it? Straightforward? Snarky? Fun? The answer is: It depends. There are unlimited ways to interact, but sometimes you...
  • Beyonce, Jay Z attend Kanye West's NYFW show

    Beyonce, Jay Z attend Kanye West's NYFW show
    Rapper and budding fashion designer Kanye West showed his new collection for Adidas Originals on Thursday as New York Fashion Week kicked off. The collection is promising, says our Adam Tschorn. And West had support from celebs including his wife Kim...
  • With a celebrity front row, Kanye West rolls out Yeezy shoes

    With a celebrity front row, Kanye West rolls out Yeezy shoes
    With Beyonce, Rihanna and Diddy among the front-row celebrity royalty, Kanye West rolled out his Yeezy Boost shoe line for Adidas on Thursday as his baby North fussed in mama Kim Kardashian's arms next to a stone-faced Anna Wintour. Models, men and...
  • Diddy, Snoop Dogg hold all-star hip-hop concert in NYC

    The NBA All-Star Game is not until Sunday, but hip-hop music's all-star team — featuring Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Nas and others — played in top form at a New York City concert Thursday night. Snoop Dogg and Diddy hosted the...
  • Louder Than a Bomb goes off for 15th anniversary

    Louder Than a Bomb goes off for 15th anniversary
    Television and film star Alec Baldwin, recently having returned from filming a role in "Mission Impossible 5," the latest in the franchise that has earned more than $2 billion worldwide, was talking on the phone from Manhattan about his upcoming trip to...
  • New York Fashion Week: Kanye West unveils Adidas collaboration

    New York Fashion Week: Kanye West unveils Adidas collaboration
    Rapper/scene-stealer Kanye West unveiled a collaboration with Adidas Originals here Thursday in front of a star-studded audience with possibly one of the highest-wattage front rows in New York Fashion Week history. It included (but was hardly limited to)...
  • North West gets cranky in high-wattage front row at Kanye's Adidas show

    North West gets cranky in high-wattage front row at Kanye's Adidas show
    North West apparently had her fill of New York Fashion Week on Thursday -- and unfortunately, her crying moment came while her dad Kanye West's runway show for his Adidas Original collaboration was in full swing. Pictures show the 20-month-old crying...
  • Interviewing Nickelback: Bassist Mike Kroeger says band keeps moving to stay fresh, confound haters

    Interviewing Nickelback: Bassist Mike Kroeger says band keeps moving to stay fresh, confound haters
    The title of Canadian rock band Nickelback’s new album, “No Fixed Address,” actually tells the story behind it, the bassist Mike Kroeger says. The disc was put together in a mobile studio while the band traveled to Hawaii, Los Angeles,...
  • O'Donnell says goodbye to 'The View'

    Rosie O'Donnell has ended her second stint on "The View," her goodbye about as short as her tenure. Holding her toddler daughter, O'Donnell made her exit Thursday in a segment that lasted barely 40 seconds. She thanked the show's creator, Barbara...