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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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  • No Trivia: James Nasty, Lor Scoota and Young Moose, Bmore bros go home, and more

    No Trivia: James Nasty, Lor Scoota and Young Moose, Bmore bros go home, and more
    The title of this music column is "No Trivia," which is swiped from a Wu Tang Clan lyric ("Raw, I'm a give to ya, with no trivia") because it's just a cool-ass way of saying, "no bullshit," which is a mission statement when I sit down to type out words about music, which I have been doing professionally for seven years now, Jesus Christ.
  • A Very Long, But Not So Strange, Trip With the Roots

    Backpacker rap has experienced something of an identity crisis in the last few years. Artists in its orbit could almost always count on critical success and a healthy cult audience. But when quasi-backpacker Kanye West rocketed to multiplatinum...

    Tipping Point

    Ciara BET's massive hip-hop/R&B package tour Scream Fest has long been an event for and by teenagers, including last winter's iteration headlined by Omarion. This summer, though, it was clear that the tour had decided to go in a slightly more grown-up...

    Skinny Suge Gets an Anti-Hero's Welcome

    Rodney "Skinny Suge" Thomas was a fixture of the Baltimore rap scene, with his own record label and numerous hip-hop DVDs, long before he became the central figure of a national controversy. And even after one of his less music-based DVDs, the notorious...

    The Stone Temple Pilots Reunion No One Asked For Is Coming to a Race Track Near You

    | Image by MEL GUAPO Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Festival has announced this year's headliners, and, apparently, the organizers believe it's still 1996. The Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, and Kanye West are scheduled to...