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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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  • matheus_loures

    KING

    10 hours ago Reply
  • BPlusAPlusA

    i want kanye to piss on my grave

    Yesterday 4:05pm Reply
  • cherylversini

    In Yeezus we trust [4]

    Yesterday 4:03pm Reply
  • boomyee

    Yeezy season approachin'

    18 Aug 5:19am Reply
  • HugoDalton

    ALL DAY NIGGA

    18 Aug 12:54am Reply
  • LesterKnome

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!! huhuhuhuuuuuh AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

    17 Aug 11:06pm Reply
  • mckavon

    Based.

    17 Aug 6:11pm Reply
  • silverxline

    In Yeezus we trust [3]

    17 Aug 3:25pm Reply
  • pereiragoulart

    God [2]

    17 Aug 2:48pm Reply
  • HerperDerper

    Last night I saw you in my dream, now, i can't wait to go to sleep.

    17 Aug 2:28pm Reply
  • Fullmettall

    God

    17 Aug 2:47am Reply
  • newplaylist-

    ↓ yikes

    16 Aug 6:30pm Reply
  • MaxxNemo

    sorry kanye you're not a God, you're just a demon.... mm.. black demon :D

    16 Aug 6:08pm Reply
  • MaxxNemo

    вообще не понимаю почему этот чувак так популярен. реально он не создает ничего нового, его креатив так называемый уже основан на том что уже давно до него было создано. все его топ хиты сплошные каверы. пффф отстой короче

    16 Aug 6:07pm Reply
  • HumbleGold

    v lol

    16 Aug 5:05pm Reply
  • John__Lemon

    Yeezus review: 5/10 http://www.bensbigblog.com.au/2013/06/kanye-west-yeezus.html "for long stretches this record is near on unlistenable. To follow what was basically the definitive hip hop record of recent years with something like this is incredibly brave, but ultimately I think flawed. Whilst My Dark Twisted Fantasy and all of his previous work (Cruel Summer excused) will, in time be held as even more iconic and classic than it already is, Yeezus will sit uncomfortably in his collection. Critically it will always have its Wikipedia entry. But I can’t honestly see this record enduring, spawning copy cats or even being acknowledged as a classic in 5 years time. How could it? It’s too different. Kanye doesn’t sound like a god. He sounds unfocused and exhausted, darting in and out of harsh electronics as if he is fighting a boss on the hardest setting of your favourite FPS. The music dwarfs him; he is hamstrung by it, unable to achieve any kind of flow or rhythm."

    16 Aug 10:11am Reply
  • Brray

    good motherfucker

    14 Aug 2:03pm Reply
  • hausofvictor

    In Yeezus we trust [2]

    14 Aug 6:14am Reply
  • sleepyheadtM

    yeezy season was just a breeze (all day)

    14 Aug 12:41am Reply
  • Tahula

    All Day is kinda meh [2]

    13 Aug 1:44pm Reply
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