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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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  • szuparnapol

    one last announcement no sports bra lets keep it bouncing

    Yesterday 12:02pm Reply
  • JPk-

    esse preto é branco

    Yesterday 11:50pm Reply
  • Resou

    how is it anything to do with racism that 12 year olds still think south park jokes are funny? it's stupid yeah but it isn't racist

    Yesterday 7:16pm Reply
  • a_harman

    the fact that that fishsticks joke was over 5 years ago, and wasn't slightly funny in the first place, and yet whenever Kanye is mentioned in the media or anywhere, that is the first thing that people comment...it's so prevalent that i think Kanye is right when it comes to his comments about racism, if Eminem said the same things/rants/lyrics Kanye did people would be all over his dick [2]

    28 Jul 12:38pm Reply
  • Samrander

    Diamonds From Sierra Leone is still dope after all these years

    28 Jul 12:32am Reply
  • losangelesdj

    Rancho Cucamonga here. Sup

    27 Jul 7:10pm Reply
  • barbwireboy2

    the fact that that fishsticks joke was over 5 years ago, and wasn't slightly funny in the first place, and yet whenever Kanye is mentioned in the media or anywhere, that is the first thing that people comment...it's so prevalent that i think Kanye is right when it comes to his comments about racism, if Eminem said the same things/rants/lyrics Kanye did people would be all over his dick

    26 Jul 8:22pm Reply
  • renantim

    Gênio

    25 Jul 6:27pm Reply
  • Anti-Monitor

    come to gaza

    25 Jul 4:14pm Reply
  • GoatUser

    haha wow fishdicks like........get it.........dicks and stuff........haha.......genius.......kanye sucks........true

    25 Jul 3:07am Reply
  • eliwuzheer

    YEEZY TAUGHT ME

    25 Jul 12:21am Reply
  • brokenvows

    I love you king.

    23 Jul 10:43am Reply
  • HerperDerper

    Yeezy season approachin'

    22 Jul 5:42pm Reply
  • g_junior

    \\/ I've tried to imagine Jay rapping (Or was it supposed to be singing? lol) that part he said in the interview.. It would've been hilarious lol, glad he won't do it.

    22 Jul 5:04pm Reply
  • Illest_Villain

    All Day track will suck so hard omg

    22 Jul 8:52am Reply
  • Kapi205

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    22 Jul 2:54am Reply
  • EdgeLike

    his new album is supposed to be poppy, as he describes his artistic intent to be like a pendulum. i definitely support that.

    21 Jul 11:12pm Reply
  • Resou

    yeezus is death grape

    21 Jul 10:44pm Reply
  • mahgeneration

    you a fan of bad grammar you a fan of yourself

    21 Jul 8:30pm Reply
  • newage08

    New album in September!

    21 Jul 2:49pm Reply
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