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Kanye West

Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer. West is among the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, with his music having spanned a broad range of styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including hip hop, baroque pop, indie rock, synth-pop and gospel. Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West was first known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing singles for artists such as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to critical and commercial success, founded the record label GOOD Music, he experimented with a variety of musical genres on subsequent acclaimed studio albums, including Late Registration and the polarizing but influential 808s & Heartbreak. His fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was the most critically acclaimed album of the 2010s, being hailed by critics as the best album of the decade.

He has since succeeded the album with Yeezus, The Life of Pablo, Ye, the Christian album Jesus Is King, as well as the full-length collaborations Watch the Throne and Kids See Ghosts with Jay-Z and Kid Cudi, respectively. West's outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant media attention, he has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, in other public settings, as well as for his comments on the music and fashion industries, U. S. politics, race. His marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has been a source of substantial media attention; as a fashion designer, he has collaborated with Nike, Louis Vuitton, A. P. C. on both clothing and footwear, have most prominently resulted in the Yeezy collaboration with Adidas beginning in 2013. He is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. West is one of the world's best-selling music artists with over 100 million records sold worldwide, he has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards.

Among West's other awards include the Chicago Chapter's Recording Academy Honor, the Billboard Artist Achievement Award, a joint-record three Brit Awards for Best International Male Solo Artist and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone's 2012 update of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list and he is tied-holder for the most albums topping the annual Pazz & Jop critic poll with four. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015. Kanye Omari West was born on June 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia. After his parents divorced when he was three years old, he moved with his mother to Chicago, Illinois, his father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray West was a Christian counselor, in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland with startup capital from his son. West's mother, Dr. Donda C.

West, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University, before retiring to serve as his manager. West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, after living in Chicago. At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, where she was teaching at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program. According to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it; when asked about his grades in high school, West replied, "I got B's. And I'm not frontin'."West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age. His mother recalled that she first took notice of West's passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade. West started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade selling them to other artists. At age thirteen, West wrote a rap song called "Green Eggs and Ham" and persuaded his mother to pay for time in a recording studio.

Accompanying him to the studio and despite discovering it being "a little basement studio" where a microphone hung from the ceiling by a wire clothes hanger, West's mother nonetheless supported and encouraged him. West crossed paths with producer/DJ No I. D. with whom he formed a close friendship. No I. D. soon became West's mentor, it was from him that West learned how to sample and program beats after he received his first sampler at age 15. After graduating from high school, West received a scholarship to attend Chicago's American Academy of Art in 1997 and began taking painting classes, but shortly after transferred to Chicago State University to study English, he soon realized that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his musical work, at 20 he dropped out of college to pursue his musical dreams. This action displeased his mother, a professor at the university, she commented, "It was drummed into my head that college is the ticket to a good life... but some career goals don't require college.

For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you." Kanye West began his early production career in the mid-1990s, creating beats for burgeoning local artists developing a style that involved speeding up vocal samples from classic

Marshall Terrace, Minneapolis

Marshall Terrace is a neighborhood in the Northeast community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Marshall Terrace's boundaries are Saint Anthony Parkway to the north, 4th Street and University Avenue to the east, Lowry Avenue to the south, the Mississippi River to the west, it is named for former Minnesota governor William Rainey Marshall. Much of Marshall Terrace is reserved for industrial use with utilities and industries situated along the western border and railroad tracks along the east, its housing was developed in the early 20th century to provide homes for those working in nearby industries and is concentrated in the central part of the neighborhood. The housing stock consists of smaller single family homes. Marshall Terrace has two parks located along the Mississippi River: Marshall Terrace Park and Marshall Terrace Gardens; the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway runs along St. Anthony Parkway on the neighborhood's northern border; the neighborhood is served by Metro Transit bus routes 11 and 32. St. Anthony Parkway and part of University Avenue have separated bike paths.

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Avintia Racing

Avintia Racing is a motorcycle racing team competing in the MotoGP World Championship. The team was set up in 1994 by Raul Romero and Josep Oliva as By Queroseno Racing known as Team BQR. Competing in the Spanish Road Racing Championship, BQR won three Fórmula Extreme and two 125GP class titles with riders José David de Gea, Stefan Bradl and Efrén Vázquez. After many wild card appearances in the World Championship, BQR became a full entry in the 2001 season using Honda bikes in the 250cc class. In 2007 the team switched to Aprilia machinery. BQR won its first World Championship race with Scott Redding riding an Aprilia 125 at the 2008 British Grand Prix; the team unveiled the first Moto2 bike in February 2009 and fielded a prototype in the 2009 Spanish Road Racing Championship. In 2010, they participated in the new Moto2 World Championship, with Yonny Hernández and Mashel Al Naimi as riders. In 2012 the team changed its name to Avintia Racing, following an alliance between BQR and the Grupo Avintia.

The team debuted in the MotoGP class as a Claiming Rule Team using both FTR Moto and Inmotec frames badged as BQR, powered by Kawasaki engines. The riders were Yonny Hernández. In 2013 Avintia entered the MotoGP class with Kawasaki-engined FTR frames, fielding two bikes for Hiroshi Aoyama and Héctor Barberá. For the 2014 season Aoyama was replaced by Mike Di Meglio and the team fielded a new bike badged as the Avintia GP14 based on the 2007-2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR with some input from Kawasaki. Following a mid-season agreement between Avintia and Ducati, Barberá received an Open-specification Ducati Desmosedici for the last five rounds. In 2015 the team entered two Open class Desmosedici GP14 motorcycles, for Di Meglio. For 2016 Di Meglio was replaced by Loris Baz. In 2017 the team changed its name to Reale Esponsorama Racing. Official website