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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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  • Future and Kanye West's video for 'I Won' is now playing

    Future and Kanye West's video for 'I Won' is now playing
    There are "trophy wives," and then there the prizes on offer in Future and Kanye West's new video.
  • A more upscale Coachella still has some fun ragged edges

    A more upscale Coachella still has some fun ragged edges
    INDIO — The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been referred to by some as Bro-chella since at least 2008, when the annual desert gathering featured such dude-friendly headliners as Jack Johnson and Roger Waters. The latest edition,...

    Coachella 2014: Five things we learned from Day One

    Coachella 2014: Five things we learned from Day One
    Opening day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is history, so all of those second-weekend pass holders know what to expect -- and can plan accordingly.   With acts like Muse, Skrillex, MGMT, Lorde and Pharrell Williams among some of...

    Billy Corgan to release pricey experimental LP

    Billy Corgan to release pricey experimental LP
    Completist collectors of Billy Corgan's ouvre are about to take a sizable hit in the wallet. The Smashing Pumpkins singer announced a very limited run of a new double LP, "AEGEA," that compiles a set of ambient and experimental music he recorded in...

    5 Seconds of Summer nearly catches 'Frozen' on Billboard 200 chart

    5 Seconds of Summer nearly catches 'Frozen' on Billboard 200 chart
    As it has so many times over the last few months, the hit soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" topped the Billboard 200 album chart Wednesday, reflecting sales of 149,000 copies in the week ending April 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But another title...