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Kanye West

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Chicago, IL, United States

Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a Grammy award winning rapper, producer, author, designer and singer.

He began making beats and rapping in the early 90s in Chicago, IL, United States when he formed the rap group Go Getters with Chicago natives GLC and Really Doe. He later gained nationwide popularity in New York when he began producing tracks for artists such as Jay-Z, Twista, Mase, Talib Kweli and Alicia Keys.

West’s style of production often utilizes pitched-up vocal samples, usually from soul songs, with his own drums and instruments. The first major label song he produced was The Truth by Beanie Sigel, and his first major release featuring his trademark vocal sampling style was This Can’t Be Life, a track from Jay-Z’s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. West said he sped up the drum beat of Dr. Dre’s Xxplosive to use as a replacement for his drums on This Can’t Be Life.

West has said that Wu-Tang Clan producer RZA influenced him in his style, and has said on numerous occasions that Wu-Tang rappers Ghostface Killah and Ol’ Dirty Bastard were some of his all-time favorites. Said by Kanye West: “Wu-Tang? Me and my friends talk about this all the time… We think Wu-Tang had one of the biggest impacts as far as a movement. From slang to style of dress, skits, the samples. Similar to the style I use, RZA has been doing that.”

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  • InSearchOfTruth

    Better than Queen. SO MUCH BETTER...[2] I must agree, that the most pretentious song in rock history doesn't deserve nothing better. #gokanye #bohemiankanye #mamaaaOhuhu

    2 hours ago Reply
  • GhostHaunted

    Beck >>>> Kanye

    Yesterday 2:56pm Reply
  • iamsnax

    YEEZUS

    29 Jun 8:20pm Reply
  • TheSabstinator

    Yeezus is such a great album

    29 Jun 8:15pm Reply
  • wingsoftoast

    @xstex - I know the originals are like that - it's just become a bit of a cliché. I can't stand all the 'Glastonbury is all about guitars' crowd + he was a great choice for a headliner.

    29 Jun 7:23pm Reply
  • licoricepizza

    v lol bitch, please.

    29 Jun 6:00pm Reply
  • EverydayIGetClo

    Better than Queen. SO MUCH BETTER...

    29 Jun 9:50am Reply
  • xstex

    @wingsoftoast It makes no sense for him to not do those songs without autotune as that's how the recorded versions are, they are part of that albums identify.

    29 Jun 8:23am Reply
  • kwonniie

    The best

    28 Jun 9:23pm Reply
  • wingsoftoast

    You know - I think Yeezus is pretty awesome - and I was impressed with the bravery and risk of his Glastonbury performance - one man, the lights etc. Can't help thinking the man is a monumental bell-end all the same - live performance means interacting with your audience - last night was an extended video / pa in front on thousands. And the auto-tune stuff is well passed it's sell by date. Hate to be a hater - but I'd love him a lot more if he did 'human' a bit more than 'God' - Mavis Staples would piss all over him, but she's much too classy for that.

    28 Jun 8:36pm Reply
  • M1lkyway

    man that glastonbury performance was on fire

    28 Jun 10:53am Reply
  • Spaciouz

    THE GREATEST LIVING ROCK STAR ON THE PLANET

    28 Jun 9:42am Reply
  • steverhiggs

    Forever to be known as Sweaty Ken

    27 Jun 11:36pm Reply
  • choosefruit

    "Kanye West can't write, sing or play, so I have trouble with him as anything but a poser." - David "tells the truth" Crosby

    27 Jun 2:22pm Reply
  • skinnyb_

    "... you ain't got no fuckin Yeezy?"

    27 Jun 6:18am Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    v well, i am into hip-hop that much, but if this is a biggest hip-hop star in the world, then wtf happend to hip hop man. lol

    25 Jun 1:48pm Reply
  • xstex

    @InSearchOfTruth I'm sure the biggest hip hop star in the world needs your advice.

    25 Jun 12:11pm Reply
  • oohsehun

    GOAT

    24 Jun 5:48am Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    intresting fella but his voice need some flavour...i can`t enjoy it fully....you know, is a kinda forgettable.

    23 Jun 8:35pm Reply
  • TakeyaIkuhara

    gosh dang it kanye youre hard to love but even harder to hate

    23 Jun 1:01am Reply
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