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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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  • Weed Issue Clicking and Streaming: 'The Holy Mountain'

    Weed Issue Clicking and Streaming: 'The Holy Mountain'
    For years, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “The Holy Mountain” was more a movie myth than a movie you could actually view. Unavailable in the States because of a rights disagreement between the producer Allen Klein and director/writer/star Jodorowsky, “The Holy Mountain” was best seen by way of hard-to-find, gotta-know-somebody VHS dupe off a Japanese laser disc of the movie, which blurred out all the private parts. The plot even, about a group of truly terrible people in power who are forced through enlightenment—imagine, say, the Bush Cabinet on a high-end vacation turned ego-destroying Buddhist retreat—seemed secondary to its reputation as the ultimate watch-it-while-high movie.
  • Free Will Astrology 3/25/15

    Free Will Astrology 3/25/15
    ARIES (March 21-April 19): The term “jumped the shark” often refers to a TV show that was once great but gradually grew stale, and then resorted to implausible plot twists in a desperate attempt to revive its creative verve. I’m a little...

    Time Will Tell: Passing Bob Marley and other music down to my daughter, responsibly

    Time Will Tell: Passing Bob Marley and other music down to my daughter, responsibly
    “You always got a request . . . ” My close friends always clown me when it comes to how frequently and persistently I suggest that we listen to a certain song right now. And I get it; most people probably don’t like having their groove...

    No Trivia: 'There are no more good rock bands!' Maybe listen to Priests, Sleater-Kinney, and Wildhoney

    No Trivia: 'There are no more good rock bands!' Maybe listen to Priests, Sleater-Kinney, and Wildhoney
    "Where'd all the rock bands go?" your ding-dong of a friend'll ask you as he pulls the ghost of Jimmy Page's peen out of his mouth and climbs across the recliner to crank up the stereo and get the Led out a little louder. You'll put down your vape and...

    No Trivia: The case for Tupac as a Bmore rapper and a defense of misandrist music criticism

    No Trivia: The case for Tupac as a Bmore rapper and a defense of misandrist music criticism
    Last week, I received an email from a reader challenging something D. Watkins said in his article on East Baltimore rapper FMG Dez, "Baltimore State of Mind." The reader disagreed with Watkins' assertion that Baltimore is "the only big predominately black...