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Kayne West

Kayne 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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  • Allentown Fair headliner is a leader in MTV Video Award nominations

     
    Bruno Mars, who will play Allentown Fair on Aug. 30, has been nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year for his song “Grenade.” Katy Perry leads the list, announced Thursday night, with nine, followed by...
  • Kanye West, Jay-Z party for 'Throne'; Paltrow hits the Hamptons

     
    Jay-Z and Kanye West showed Monday for "Watch the Throne" listening party in New York. Also spotted: Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner, Kelly Ripa, Rachel Zoe, Jessica Seinfeld and more.

    Adele sweeps Grammy Awards, but acts with Lehigh Valley connections do well, too

     
    English torch singer Adele swept through the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, winning six statues, including the top three: Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. She also gave the best performance of...

    Spice Girls heat up Victoria Secret's show

    Spice Girls heat up Victoria Secret's show
    The reunion of the Spice Girls was definitely the highlight of last night's Victoria Secret Lingerie Fashion Show at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. If you don't count a runway littered with gorgeous half-naked models like Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio...

    Readers call Kanye West 'heartless' after he grabbed the mic from Taylor Swift

     
    Last night's annual MTV Music Video Awards brought out the star power, and with that, inevitably, comes the controversy. The trouble started early in the proceedings when rap superstar Kanye West rushed the stage while teen country darling Taylor Swift...