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Kanye West

In the span of three short years, Kanye West went from hip-hop beatmaker to worldwide hitmaker, as his stellar production work for Jay-Z led to a major-label recording contract and, ultimately, a wildly successful solo career. West paired his beats with tongue-twisting raps and a self-assured, flamboyant personality. His dapper fashion sense set him apart from many of his rap peers, and his confidence often came across as boastful or even egotistical, albeit amusingly so. This flamboyance, of course, made for good press, something that West enjoyed in spades during his sudden rise to celebrity status. He was a media darling, appearing and performing at countless awards shows (and winning at them, too), delivering theatrical videos to MTV, and mouthing off about whatever happened to cross his mind. He frequently spoke out against the rampant homophobia evident in much rap music, posed for the cover of Rolling Stone as Jesus Christ, and even claimed during a televised Hurricane Katrina fundraiser that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." West courted controversy, no question about it, but his steady presence in the celebrity limelight couldn't eclipse his musical talent. His production abilities seemed boundless during his initial surge of activity, as he not only racked up impressive hits for himself (including "Jesus Walks" and "Gold Digger"), but also collaborated on smash hits with the likes of Jay-Z and Ludacris. As his career progressed throughout the early 21st century, West shattered certain stereotypes about rappers, becoming a superstar on his own terms without adapting his appearance, his rhetoric, or his music to fit any one musical mold.

Coming out of left field (i.e., Chicago, a city rarely praised for its hip-hop exports), West was an unlikely sensation and more than once defied adversity. Like so many others who were initially inspired by Run-D.M.C., he began as just another aspiring rapper with a boundless passion for hip-hop, albeit a rapper with a Midas touch when it came to beatmaking. Indeed, it was his beatmaking prowess that got his foot in the industry door. Though he did quite a bit of noteworthy production work during the late '90s (Jermaine Dupri, Foxy Brown, Mase, Goodie Mob), it was West's work for Roc-a-Fella at the dawn of the new millennium that took his career to the next level. Alongside fellow fresh talent Just Blaze, West became one of the Roc's go-to producers, consistently delivering hot tracks to album after album. His star turn came on Jay-Z's classic Blueprint (2001) with album standouts "Takeover" and "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)." Both songs showcased West's signature beatmaking style of the time, which was largely sample-based; in these cases, the former track appropriated snippets of the Doors' "Five to One," while the latter sampled the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back."

More high-profile productions followed, and before long word spread that West was going to release an album of his own, on which he planned to rap as well as produce. Unfortunately, that album was a long time coming, pushed back and then pushed back again. It didn't help that West was in a tragic car accident in October 2002 that almost cost him his life. He capitalized on the traumatic experience by using it as the inspiration for "Through the Wire" (and its corresponding video), which would later become the lead single for his debut album, 2004's The College Dropout. As the album was continually delayed, West continued to churn out big hits for the likes of Talib Kweli ("Get By"), Ludacris ("Stand Up"), Jay-Z ("'03 Bonnie & Clyde"), and Alicia Keys ("You Don't Know My Name"). Then, just as "Through the Wire" was breaking big-time at the tail end of 2003, another West song caught fire, a collaboration with Twista and comedian/actor Jamie Foxx called "Slow Jamz," which gave the rapper/producer two simultaneously ubiquitous singles and a much-anticipated debut album. As with so many of West's songs, the singles were driven by somewhat recognizable sample-based hooks: Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire" in the case of "Through the Wire," and Luther Vandross' "A House Is Not a Home" in the case of "Slow Jamz."

In the wake of his breakout success, West earned a whopping ten nominations at the 47th annual Grammy Awards, held in early 2005. The College Dropout won the Best Rap Album award, "Jesus Walks" won Best Rap Song, and a songwriting credit on "You Don't Know My Name" for Best R&B Song award was shared with Alicia Keys and Harold Lilly. Later that year, West released his second solo album, Late Registration, which spawned a series of hit singles ("Diamonds in Sierra Leone," "Gold Digger," "Heard 'Em Say," "Touch the Sky"). The album topped the charts, as did the "Gold Digger" single, and Late Registration eventually won a Grammy for Album of the Year. West's production work continued more or less unabated during this time; particularly noteworthy were hits for Twista ("Overnight Celebrity"), Janet Jackson ("I Want You"), Brandy ("Talk About Our Love"), the Game ("Dreams"), Common ("Go!"), and Keyshia Cole ("I Changed My Mind"). West also founded his own label, GOOD Music (i.e., "Getting Out Our Dreams"), in conjunction with Sony BMG. The label's inaugural release was John Legend's Get Lifted (2004), followed one year later by Common's Be. In addition to all of his studio work, West also toured internationally in support of Late Registration and released Late Orchestration: Live at Abbey Road Studios (2006) in commemoration.

After retreating from the spotlight for some time, West returned to the forefront of the music world in 2007 with a series of album releases. Consequence's Don't Quit Your Day Job and Common's Finding Forever, both released by GOOD, were chiefly produced by West; the latter proved to be particularly popular, topping the album chart upon its release in July. And then there was West's third solo album, Graduation, which was promoted well in advance of its September 11 release (a memorable date that pitted Kanye against 50 Cent, who in one interview swore he would quit music if his own album, Curtis, wasn't the top-seller). A pair of singles -- "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and "Stronger," the latter an interpolation of Daft Punk's 2001 single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" -- led the promotional push. It became his third consecutive chart-topping album, and its success culminated in eight Grammy nominations. West was the victor in four of the categories, and he performed two songs during the ceremony, including Late Registration's "Hey Mama," chosen in honor of his recently deceased mother. That loss, compounded by a breakup with his fiancée, informed 2008's 808s & Heartbreak, a major change of pace that saw West singing most of his emotionally pained lyrics with the assistance of Auto-Tune. As polarizing as it was, it went platinum.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, most of which was recorded in Hawaii and involved guest vocal spots from the likes of Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, and the RZA, was released in November 2010. It was preceded by the bombastic, King Crimson-sampling single "Power." A sprawling and audacious album, MBDTF debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and also went platinum. While the album was still hot, West recorded the aggressive and boast-heavy Watch the Throne with Jay-Z and numerous producers and songwriters. Billed as a set by the Throne, it was released in August 2011 and entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at number one. In September 2012, he released the GOOD Music collaboration album Cruel Summer which featured artists such as Big Sean, Pusha T and Lifted. Four singles ("Mercy", "Cold", "New Flow" and "Clique") were released as promotion for the record. Towards the end of 2012 there were rumblings from acclaimed producers that a new album would emerge soon. These murmurs were soon confirmed when West himself announced that he was working on his sixth album with the likes of Daft Punk, King L, Justin Vernon, Rick Rubin, Chief Keef and many more contributing. As one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 2013, Yeezus was released to rapturous reviews from critics. Described as his most confrontational and bravest album to date, West touched upon controversial and sensitive topics and delivered an astonishing and bold record. Despite leaking four days early upon its release, Yeezus sold almost 327,000 copies during its first week and the single "Black Skinhead" was released. 2013 also proved to be a personal milestone for West as he became a father for the first time, with partner Kim Kardashian giving birth to a baby girl in June 2013. ~ Jason Birchmeier & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Comments

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leighapittma n
U will b kissed on the nearest Friday by the luv of your life post on 5 other songs push f6 your crushes name may or may not appear
I like power
SIMPLY A HIP HOP GENIUS
SIMPLY A HOP HOP GENIUS
PENIS
Yo i think i like stronger
omswords
Yeah
omswords
Wow fat nutsac that's really not cool.
omswords
My favorite song is Flashing Lights
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Kayne West is great artist
luvvv
Stole " stronger " from Daft Punk. He basically ruined it by adding his hip hop to it. It was great when it was originally made by daft punk
mrawesomeaj
Good music great creativity but his personality is horrible i really wish he was a good person
Champagne... ugh ughh u cant tell ne nothing i stay faithfull u act more stupidly life is a ughhh.... but way more fresher cuz when u try hard us we die hard lalalalalala l $$$$$$$$lala l a l l a l a just gettn faded......s t a t e d . . . s t i l l we stand...... i said still we stand....her e she is.... muah....
I strongly dislike his music... I wish I could dislike artists
Sorry but I can't stand this guy's selfishness
By contrast..my skin .words .are .bullet proof aims..threw best built cars back south sa company name ed ...Where Windows go down half way tac built dosent play .two batteries tires that go 50 miles after test ed the edge ..
nick2128
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.. However if you don't read this you will die in 2 days.. Now that you started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on 5 songs in the next 143 Minutes. When you done press F6 and your lovers name will pop up up in big letters trust me it works
This is such a sweet song!!! Love it!!!
i truly can saw i make mistake but i own up toward my s**t so there for pllp need to get over it because ileft that only long time ago, but its funny how pllp can hold a grudge but me i rather not over pllp life too short for me to live for other pllp
This my Song
You guys are all basters for saying all these stuff what if u were the that person who had al these bad comments do u think he likes these comments leave alone because he already has ahard time wih north and kim plus hismarried and happy dont make him sad ubasters maybe u guys should start calling ur self basters for what ur telling him.Lets see u try singing infront of 1,000,000 people everyday.#uh e a r t l e s s p e o p l e
msaishajarre t t 0 7
This my sh!t
Hes a good singer so leave him alone.Kims bae tho
How could you be so heartles
He sucks. Nothing but a racist POS. This koolaide drinking liberal is what's wrong with America. He's on the same level as that lowlife lesbian looking Al Sharpton.
Yeahhhhhhh
Kanye west is the www.bomb.com
WATTS UP TO CHI-TOWN
SOUTHSIDE TO BELLWOOD IL
THE SUBS THE CAMBELLS
Good singer. But his songs r so lowwww
Mdlslwkskjdf t e y r a h a k x i z n xmzbxdHjdjaj n d m s k d n b d k n d m d n c m c n f k d k s j d k d i z k e o q o h r h j d j g
Ughhh try to catch it Ughhh try to breath it only Jesus can save us the d. Ain't $hi" Jesus walk with me only I pray that My feet don't fail me know I wanna talk to god but *I'm afraid cuz we ain't spoke in so long* I'm not here to argue about t his facial features I'm going to write my wrongs!! Jesus walk with me with me And My bays AJ And Ruby red.
Cuz v I'm on #1 y.v. p.s. Te amo I only wanna be with u ur the one I want in My life I'm real ur duugh one I want in My life I can't won't let u go MUAH...MUAH. . . . M U A H . . . . MUAH. MUAH...
COULDNA SAID IT BETTA
You baster why you cheats on someone that is wrong really mess up that is humiliate,an d disrespectfu l and ungrateful when i saw him two females and dew make up your mind i means if with ten different women,then they really gonna hate you
i guess imma heartless now imma finished im starting new chapter STARTING OVER!
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day ofyour life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works
im in love with you
Wait till I get money rite...excus e me wuz u sayin something.?? U cant tell me nuthin...

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I have loved this song like forever
love ��������
touch the sky is alrite song
Please Follow Me! Trying to get at least 100!
Ill go on record as saying this kanye west is the lady gaga of hip hop. Flashy, loud and tries to speak louder than his lyrics. Ill give credit when credit is due and say he is a great music producer but you guys gotta come off this whole genius thing. Its def been interesting seeing who this dude has become from jesus walks.
I thought Kanye West was an actor not a singer -_- sorry Kanye
this beat sick as hell
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