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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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  • Review: Kanye West brings 'Yeezus' to Staples Center

    Review: Kanye West brings 'Yeezus' to Staples Center
    Kanye West was unloading some feelings, characteristically strong ones about the media-industrial complex and its attempt to muzzle an artist who believes music “ain’t just entertainment,” as he described himself. The outspoken hip-hop...
  • Listen to Lady Gaga's new song 'Venus'

    Listen to Lady Gaga's new song 'Venus'
    Did Lady Gaga write "Venus" just so she could make a joke about Uranus? The dance-pop superstar released the new song late Sunday, and beyond its mid-level solar-system wordplay, Pop & Hiss isn't hearing much at work here. The latest sampling from...
  • Jay Z announces arena tour with two Southland dates

    Jay Z announces arena tour with two Southland dates
    Jay Z doesn’t slow down -- at all. The hip-hop magnate, who has packed stadiums across the U.S. on a summer tour with Justin Timberlake, is going to make another cross through North America on his own. After a run in Europe, Jay will launch a...
  • L.A.'s Jeremy Scott appointed creative director of Moschino

    L.A.'s Jeremy Scott appointed creative director of Moschino
    L.A.-based designer Jeremy Scott has been appointed creative director of Italian fashion brand Moschino, it was announced Monday. He will make his debut with the fall/winter 2014-15 collection during Milan Fashion Week in February. It's a great...
  • Kim Kardashian's engagement rings: Kanye West vs. Kris Humphries

    Kim Kardashian's engagement rings: Kanye West vs. Kris Humphries
    Kim Kardashian's engagement ring from Kanye West is a whopping 15 carats, but that seemingly pales in comparison to the reality star's impressive engagement ring from ex-husband Kris Humphries. The "Yeezus" rapper popped the question to the reality star...
  • Singer Ciara engaged to music producer Future, gets 15-carat ring

    Singer Ciara engaged to music producer Future, gets 15-carat ring
    R&B singer Ciara and music producer Future are getting married! The musically inclined couple got engaged over the weekend with the producer popping the question accompanied by, oh, just a little ol' 15-carat engagement ring on her 28th birthday....
  • Lou Reed: Listen to covers of five of his songs

    Lou Reed: Listen to covers of five of his songs
    Many, many words had already been written about Lou Reed's influence before the iconic New York rocker died Sunday at the age of 71. But the death of the former Velvet Underground frontman has of course triggered a fresh wave of testimony, including...
  • Miley Cyrus covers December Cosmopolitan

    Miley Cyrus covers December Cosmopolitan
    Miley Cyrus wears a bejeweled party dress on the cover of December's Cosmopolitan, and inside she says she is having the time of her life. "I'm just having the best time ever and everything is falling into place like it's supposed to," she said. "Even...
  • New York Fashion Week spring 2014: Hood by Air review

    New York Fashion Week spring 2014: Hood by Air review
    NEW YORK -- Hood by Air showed its spring 2014 futuristic-tinged street wear collection at Milk Studios on Sunday. Inspiration: Creative director Shayne Oliver didn't offer any explicit inspiration for this season's collection, titled "Gump," though...
  • Kanye West seeks execs for a new clothing label on LinkedIn

    Kanye West seeks execs for a new clothing label on LinkedIn
    Rapper and fledgling fashion designer Kanye West is looking for a vice president of production and a chief financial officer for a "clothing project." Both positions are posted on LinkedIn. "The venture will be very high profile and, unlike those in...
  • Kanye West charged with battery in LAX fight with photographer

    Kanye West charged with battery in LAX fight with photographer
    Rapper Kanye West was charged Friday with battery and attempted grand theft in connection with a July paparazzi clash at Los Angeles International Airport, city prosecutors said. West, 36, faces up to six months in jail for each misdemeanor charge,...