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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: '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 answer, patiently, "There's one called Priests and they're from Washington, D.C., and they played the Ottobar last Saturday. And there's one called Sleater-Kinney that, dude, you should totally know and they have a new album out, 'No Cities To Love,' and it's their first since 2005 and it really does solidify them as rock heroes. And there's a Baltimore band, Wildhoney, who played the Crown last Friday and their new album 'Sleep Through It' breathes sugar-rush energy into the pretty-much-played-out and lazy shoegaze subgenre and oh boy, these are all bands doing big serious rock things with their music even though they kinda look and dress like us and if you'd only just listen, friend, if you'd only listen!"
  • 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...

    No Trivia's Year in Music: The top 50 singles and 50 albums of 2014

    No Trivia's Year in Music: The top 50 singles and 50 albums of 2014
    News flash everybody: Lists are fucking awesome. They get a bad rep these days, because they're cranked out willy-nilly with no thought or energy put into them, but blame that on the lazy wet sandwiches generating content for the internet, not on lists...

    Straight Outta Gaithersburg: Logic apes the mainstream and breaks through, but what does that mean for Baltimore hip-hop?

    Straight Outta Gaithersburg: Logic apes the mainstream and breaks through, but what does that mean for Baltimore hip-hop?
    Lyrical rapper Logic, who released his debut album “Under Pressure” on historic hip-hop label Def Jam last month, really wants you to get to know him. No, like, really wants you to. On the record’s guest-free 57 minutes, the word “...

    Bad Guys Finish First

    Bad Guys Finish First
    In his 2013 book, “I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined),” Chuck Klosterman starts one chapter suggesting, “Let’s pretend Batman is real.” Nerd that he is, Klosterman clarifies lots of particulars,...