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Kanye West

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Kanye Omari West (/ˈkɑːnj/; born June ,8 1977) is an American rapper, singer, and record producer. West first rose to fame as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records, where he eventually achieved recognition for his work on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint, as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally used pitched-up vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments. However, subsequent productions saw him broadening his musical palette and expressing influences encompassing '70s R&B, baroque pop, trip hop, arena rock, folk, alternative, electronica, synth-pop, and classical music.

West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008, his fifth album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" in 2010, "Watch The Throne" a collaborative album with fellow rapper and friend Jay-Z, and in 2013 his sixth album Yeezus. His six albums have received numerous awards, including a cumulative twenty-one Grammys, and critical acclaim. All have been very commercially successful, with Yeezus becoming his fifth consecutive #1 album in the U.S. upon release. West also runs his own record label GOOD Music, home to artists such John Legend, Common and Kid Cudi.

Selected song

"Heartless" is a song by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released on November 4, 2008 digitally as the second single for his fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak. It debuted at the number four spot on the Billboard Hot 100 where it eventually peaked at number two and reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks and U.S. Hot 100 Airplay chart. The song came to be covered by numerous artists, most notably by Denver-based piano rock band The Fray and American Idol season 8 winner Kris Allen, with both versions managing to enter charts in the absence of a physical single release.

The song was performed for the first time at the ONE Campaign concert during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. The song was also performed at a T.I. concert at Key Club in Los Angeles. Kanye made a special guest appearance and confirmed the song's future release as a single at that show. A snippet of the unmastered version of the song was leaked onto the Internet on October 12, 2008, this was followed by a full unmastered version of the song being posted on West's official blog on October 15. The song was released on iTunes on November 4, 2008, on November 8, 2008, Kanye posted a new mastered version of the song on his official blog. A free link to download the song was posted there as well.

Selected picture


Kanye West's mascot, "Dropout Bear" at the POP LIFE exhibit at the Tate Modern in London.

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Selected album

808s & Heartbreak is the fourth studio album by American hip hop artist Kanye West, released November 24, 2008 on Roc-A-Fella Records in the United States. Recording sessions for the album took place at Glenwood Studios in Burbank, California and Avex Recording Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii during September to October 2008, it was primarily produced by West, No I.D., and Jeff Bhasker. Conceived in the wake of multiple events that affected and distressed him during the previous year, 808's & Heartbreak marked a major musical departure for Kanye West from his previous work, lyrically, vocally, and production-wise.

Classified by West as a pop album, 808s & Heartbreak incorporates elements of synthpop, electronica, R&B, and electropop, while its tracks are primarily sung rather than rapped by West and contain lyrical themes such as love, loneliness, and heartache. The album also contains a predominant use of the Auto-Tune voice processor and the Roland TR-808 drum machine, which was utilized and manipulated by West to produce a distorted, electronic sound. Approaching the album's production in a minimalist fashion, West intended to contravene the typical sound of hip hop beat and instead evoke a presence of tribal drums.

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Studio albums The College Dropout  · Late Registration  · Graduation  · 808s & Heartbreak  · My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy  · Yeezus  · The Life of Pablo
Live albums Late Orchestration  · VH1 Storytellers
Collaborations Watch the Throne (with Jay Z)
DVDs The College Dropout Video Anthology  · Late Orchestration
Tours Glow in the Dark Tour
Singles
The College Dropout "Through the Wire"  · "Slow Jamz"  · "All Falls Down"  · "Jesus Walks"  · "The New Workout Plan"
Late Registration "Diamonds from Sierra Leone"  · "Gold Digger"  · "Heard 'Em Say"  · "Touch the Sky"  · "Drive Slow"
Graduation "Can't Tell Me Nothing"  · "Stronger"  · "Good Life"  · "Flashing Lights"  · "Homecoming"
808s & Heartbreak "Love Lockdown"  · "Heartless"  · "Amazing"  · "Paranoid"
My Beautiful Dark
Twisted Fantasy
"Power"  · "Runaway"  · "Monster"  · "All of the Lights"
Yeezus "Black Skinhead"  · "Bound 2"
The Life of Pablo "Famous"  · "Father Stretch My Hands"  · " Fade"

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