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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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  • Rapper Logic At The Webster

    Rapper Logic At The Webster
    The internet is truly the great equalizer. In 2012, the video for "All I Do," a single from Maryland rapper Logic's first "Young Sinatra" mixtape, topped a million views on YouTube; before long, Logic signed with Def Jam Recordings and started working...
  • School of Art Institute to award Kanye West honorary doctorate

    School of Art Institute to award Kanye West honorary doctorate
    Kanye West has a complicated history with higher education. He studied painting for a hot minute at the American Academy of Art on Michigan Avenue; then English at Chicago State University, where his mother, Donda, was chair of the English department....
  • Suge Knight, a link who'd lost connection

    Suge Knight, a link who'd lost connection
    Marion "Suge" Knight and Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006, long after his numerous legal run-ins had alienated him from most reputable companies and his flagship artists had left. Yet he still made it past velvet ropes. When Knight got...
  • Grammys 2015: Cleavage overload

    Grammys 2015: Cleavage overload
    This year’s Grammys fashion may have been pretty tame, but the cleavage was out of control. It’s as if the stars on the red carpet said, "I’m going to play it safe, maybe even wear long sleeves, but I’m gonna let the girls go...
  • Beck, Annie Lennox get huge Grammy Awards sales bumps

    Beck, Annie Lennox get huge Grammy Awards sales bumps
    Answering the Twitter hashtag mystery "#whoisbeck," the veteran indie rocker not only came away from the 2015 Grammy Awards ceremony with the coveted album of the year trophy, but his exposure on the show (and additional media fallout from Kanye West&...
  • 'SNL': Dakota Johnson gets slapped

    'SNL': Dakota Johnson gets slapped
    After scoring huge ratings for a 40th anniversary special, "Saturday Night Live" returned this weekend with a forgettable episode. It's never a good sign when the musical guest, in this case Alabama Shakes, is the best thing in the comedy show. But...
  • Grammys: Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West join forces

    Grammys: Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West join forces
    The Grammys have come up with a big draw for Sunday's telecast: Rihanna will perform "FourFiveSeconds" will Paul McCartney and Kanye West. It will be West's first performance at the Grammys in six years. He has won 21 Grammys while former Beatle...
  • Grammys: Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith duet set

    Grammys: Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith duet set
    The Grammys have arranged a duet for Mary J. Blige and top nominee Sam Smith on Sunday's telecast. The broadcast also will feature the pairing of Beck and Chris Martin of Coldplay on a Beck song as well as a duet between country performers Brandy...
  • Beyoncé on Grammys; 'Walking Dead' returns

    Beyoncé on Grammys; 'Walking Dead' returns
    Zombies, singers and comedians fill the weekend bill. The highlights: 1. Grammys, 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS Beyoncé will perform with John Legend and Common. She will sing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," then the segment will go into "Glory" from the movie...
  • Kanye West to headline Powerhouse 2015

    Kanye West to headline Powerhouse 2015
    Kanye West will headline Power 106’s annual summer hip-hop concert, Powerhouse, the L.A. radio station announced Monday.  West leads a bill that also includes Ludacris, B.O.B. and Tech N9ne as mainstage draws. The polarizing superstar has slowly...
  • Beyonce releases surprise single on Tidal: 'Die With You'

    Beyonce releases surprise single on Tidal: 'Die With You'
    Beyonce surprised her fans and the Internet on Saturday when she released a video online of a new ballad titled "Die With You." The announcement appeared on the singer's Facebook page early Saturday afternoon. The highly informal video features the...