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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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  • 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...
  • Live updates: The 57th Annual Grammy Awards

    It's brunch time at the Grammy Awards. In just hours, Kanye West will be taking the stage with Paul McCartney, Madonna will be performing her new single, AC/DC will be promoting its upcoming tour, Katy Perry will hopefully show up with her animatronic...
  • Michelle Obama sparks head scarf uproar

    Michelle Obama sparks head scarf uproar
    First Lady Michelle Obama's sartorial choices don't usually stir up controversy the way they did on Tuesday when she appeared with uncovered hair as she and President Obama visited Riyahd to pay respects to late Saudi King Abudllah and meet his successor,...
  • Grammys: Kanye West and awards-show etiquette

    Grammys: Kanye West and awards-show etiquette
    The recording academy dodged disaster Sunday night. Sure, the Grammys ran too long, but they could have been even longer if Kanye West had interrupted Beck. Viewers may have thought that West was spoofing himself and calling attention to the...
  • 'SNL': The long and Martin Short of it

    'SNL': The long and Martin Short of it
    The “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special violated a central show-business tenet -- always leave them wanting more -- and got away with it. The three-and-a-half hour telecast tried to do too much, but nostalgia was a powerful...
  • Grammys 2015: Kanye West blasts Beck's album of the year win

    Grammys 2015: Kanye West blasts Beck's album of the year win
    Kanye West’s mock stage-rushing during Beck’s acceptance speech for album of the year at the Grammys initially seemed like a fun joke at his own expense. The last time West pulled a similar stunt, it was 2009, and he was protesting Taylor...
  • Lakers' Nick Young defends girlfriend Iggy Azalea's honor on Twitter

    Lakers' Nick Young defends girlfriend Iggy Azalea's honor on Twitter
    Nick Young heard enough about his girlfriend's alleged lack of musical ability, so he lashed out on Twitter at an ESPN anchor who criticized her talent on the air. Young didn't appreciate Robert Flores saying Sunday that Iggy Azalea was "trying to...
  • Paris Fashion Week: Divas in fringe at Balmain and a newly platinum Kim Kardashian

    Paris Fashion Week: Divas in fringe at Balmain and a newly platinum Kim Kardashian
    There was a paparazzi scrum the likes of which we haven't seen so far at Paris Fashion Week, a front row pileup that included a newly platinum blond Kim Kardashian, hubbie Kanye West, Kris Jenner and Solange, and a disco's worth of fringe and beads on the...
  • Paris Fashion Week: Move over Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto, this is Rick Owens' show

    Forget the clothes. Paris Fashion Week was nearly hijacked by a couple of platinum blondes on Thursday, as the freshly dyed locks of Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto stole the spotlight when they attended the Balmain and Lanvin fashion shows. At Lanvin,...