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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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  • Grammy-Winning R&B Singer Estelle to Perform at Domestic Violence Charity Gala

    By Linda Ge LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Grammy award winning R&B singer Estelle will perform at Face Forward Foundation's Fifth Annual Gala, "A Venetian Masquerade" on Sept. 13 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Founded by Deborah Alessi...
  • Week in music: FKA Twigs arrives, Kanye fires DJ, Ty Segall burns, more

    Week in music: FKA Twigs arrives, Kanye fires DJ, Ty Segall burns, more
    A week of tragic death, police crackdown, tear gas, drought and Magic!'s "Rude" as the No. 1 pop song in the country. Dog days indeed. Below, the week in music, along with a tip on some weekend melodic salve.  -- FKA Twigs officially arrived this...
  • Black jeans are definitely in style — for men and women

    Black jeans are definitely in style — for men and women
    As far as denim is concerned, it's definitely "back to black." Not since the punked-out days of the '80s and early '90s, when club-goers dyed their jeans to get the properly sooty hue, has black denim seemed so with-it. With updated textiles and a...
  • Young man guilty of first-degree murder in case involving jealousy, unrequited love

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. Pedro Bravo was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the killing of University of Florida freshman Christian Aguilar at the close of a two-week trial that centered on jealousy, rage, unrequited love, suicide and, ultimately,...
  • Kim Kardashian, Kanye West reportedly buying $20M Hidden Hills estate

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West reportedly buying $20M Hidden Hills estate
    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are on track to own a $20-million Hidden Hills mansion on land that once belonged to Lisa Marie Presley, according to reports out Wednesday. With luck, they'll actually make it into this place; an $11-million home...
  • Throwbacks: New old sounds from Devo, No ID, Who, Jesse Saunders, more

    Throwbacks: New old sounds from Devo, No ID, Who, Jesse Saunders, more
    A modest proposal: Considering the volume of music flowing from the brains of musicians everywhere at all times, how about one month out of each year we take a break to reflect by agreeing not to release any new music? In the summer, most acts are touring...
  • COMEDY

    COMEDY
    Jay Pharoah: President Obama, is that you? Oh, no, it's just comedian Jay Pharoah, the "Saturday Night Live" cast member who is known for his spot-on impersonations of Obama, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Will Smith and Denzel Washington. He will perform Friday...
  • Friday coda: Wu-Tang, Busta vs. Toyota, JB, Stevie Nicks and more

    Friday coda: Wu-Tang, Busta vs. Toyota, JB, Stevie Nicks and more
    Funky drummers, ravers, Detroit rockers, Wu-Tang, Busta Rhymes and his bad decision, a new Stevie Nicks song. Below, the week that happened.  -- Looking for an ace weekend soundtrack? Find it on SoundCloud, where the great DJ and producer Pete Rock...
  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Buy Big Suburban Mansion

    BUYERS:Kim Kardashian and Kanye West LOCATION: Hidden Hills, CA PRICE: (reportedly) $20,000,000 SIZE: 15,667 square feet, 8 bedrooms, 8 full and two half bathrooms. YOUR MAMA'S NOTES: We know we're a bit behind the 8-ball on this but a complicated...
  • Kim Kardashian's newest project: a selfie book

    Kim Kardashian's newest project: a selfie book
    Leave it to Kim Kardashian to release a photo book titled "Selfish." Cue the smirks. Now cue them in reverse, because this entrepreneur is simply embarking on her next make-me-money-honey venture. The 352-page hardcover book, made up entirely of Kimmy K...
  • Kim Kardashian unhappy with her big butt

    Kim Kardashian unhappy with her big butt
    Sure, there's a lot wrong with the world, but Kim Kardashian is unhappy with her look after giving birth, Access Hollywood reports. "No matter what anyone says, you know how you feel in clothes, and everything is a little too tight," Kardashian told Liz...