Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer. His musical career has been marked by dramatic changes in styles, incorporating an eclectic range of influences including soul, baroque pop, indie rock, synth-pop and gospel. Over the course of his career, West has been responsible for cultural movements and progressions within mainstream hip hop and popular music at large. Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hit singles for recording artists such as Jay-Z, Ludacris and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success, founded the record label GOOD Music, he went on to experiment with a variety of musical genres on subsequent acclaimed studio albums, including Late Registration and the polarizing but influential 808s & Heartbreak. He released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in 2010 to further rave reviews, has since succeeded it with Yeezus, The Life of Pablo and Ye, as well as 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 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 among the most critically acclaimed musicians of the 21st century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time with over 135 million records sold worldwide, he has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his generation. 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 ties with Bob Dylan for having topped the annual Pazz & Jop critic poll the most number of times with four number-one albums each.
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 soul records. His first official production credits came at the age of nineteen
Seiji Kameyama, better known by his stage name Wise, is a Japanese hip hop recording artist who raps in both English and Japanese. His mother is American and his father is Japanese and during high school, he lived in the United States, he is affiliated with the creative group Kazenohito. In 2005, he formed the group Wise'N'SonPub with beatmaker SonPub and the group Teriyaki Boyz with Ryo-Z, Ilmari and Verbal, he made his major debut as a solo artist with the single "Shine Like A Star" on February 21, 2007. Alive "Alive" "My Way" "Wanna Know Ya" "Shine Like a Star" Shine Like a Star "Shine Like a Star" "One Chance" "Shine Like a Star" "One Chance" Thinking of You "Thinking of You" "Good Music" Mirror "Mirror" Feat. Salyu Furimukanaide Feat. Hiromi "Furimukanaide" Feat. Hiromi "Unchain my Heart" Feat. May J "Furimukanaide" Feat. Hiromi Children of the Sun "Time To Rise" "Shine Like a Star" "Delicious" "Never at Once" Feat. Himiko "Thinking of You" "Hey Girl!" Feat. Su "Taiyou no Kodomo" Feat. Afra. Cro-magnon "Good Music" Feat. mc Leo "Play That Song" "Alive" "Hi no Tori" Feat.
Cro-magnon Love Quest "Love Quest" "Aenakutemo" feat. Kana Nishino "Into the Sky" feat. Beat Crusaders "... In your Happiness" "Big City of Dreams" feat. Taro Soul "Furimukanaide" feat. Hiromi "Best Friend's Girl" "Mae e" "Free" "Can't Stop" feat. Speech "Mirror" feat. Salyu "Unchain my Heart" feat. May J. Dakid as WISE`N'SONPUB "Welcome" "Memento" "Space Travelers" "Free Fall" "Drums Makes Romance" "Hi no Tori" "After the Rain..." "Simple Walk" "Zambot 3" "Nurture our Nature" "SK8 SKIT" "History" "Departure" Mellow Yellow "Chikyū Walker" 4 the Fabulous feat. YOUKID, WISE YOSHIKA "timeless" 13.alive feat. WISE Def Tech "Catch The Wave" 9. Off The Edge feat. WISE Kaori Natori "Perfume" 13. I believe myself feat. WISE Masaharu Fukuyama "Fukuyama Masaharu ANOTHER WORKS remixed by Piston Nishizawa" 3. Sakura Zaka～featuring WISE Ya-kyim "Keep YA Style" 6. STYLES feat. SIMON,NORISIAM-X,WISE & GS BoA "THE FACE" 3. My way, Your way feat. WISE Kana Nishino "LOVE one." 2. Tōkutemo feat. Wise Teriyaki Boyz M-Flo RIP SLYME A Bathing Ape Official Site Kazenohito Official Site Unofficial Colombian Fansite So Alive V2.0
I Still Love H.E.R.
"I Still Love H. E. R." is a song by J-hip-hop group, Teriyaki Boyz released as the first single from their studio album Serious Japanese. The single was featured American rap artist Kanye West; the track references the 1994 single "I Used to Love H. E. R." A classic rap song which personified hip-hop as a woman and former love interest, made by West's label mate Common. The music video for "I Still Love H. E. R." is a parody of the popular video sharing site YouTube. The video is in fact a video clip uploaded onto TeriyakiTube, of the Teriyaki Boyz and Kanye West performing the song; the live-action portion of the music video is intercut with still-frame animated scenes of West's mascot Dropout Bear along with cartoon versions of Verbal, Wise and Ryo-Z in a red convertible trying to woo an attractive woman. The clip ends with H. E. R. Hopping into the car and riding off with Dropout and the Teriyaki Boyz before transiting to a black scene which lists the two options "share" or "watch again." "I Still Love H.
E. R." "HeartBreaker" "I Still Love H. E. R."
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo comprise the record production duo The Neptunes, producing hip hop and R&B music, he is the lead vocalist of the band N*E*R*D, that he formed with Hugo and childhood friend, Shay Haley. He released his first solo single, "Frontin'", in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album, In My Mind, in 2006, his second album, was released in March 2014 and included the commercially successful single, "Happy". As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous singles for various recording artists. Williams has earned ten Grammy Awards including two with the Neptunes, he is a two-time Academy Award nominee, receiving a 2014 Best Original Song nomination for "Happy" and a 2017 Best Picture nomination as one of the producers of Hidden Figures. Williams owns I Am Other, a multimedia creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all of Pharrell Williams' endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club.
Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, the oldest of three sons of Pharaoh Williams, a handyman, his wife Carolyn, a teacher. His roots extend for generations in Virginia and North Carolina, one of his ancestors journeyed to West Africa in 1831, prompting other relatives to emigrate from America to Liberia in 1832, he met Chad Hugo in a seventh-grade summer band camp where Williams played the keyboards and drums and Hugo played tenor saxophone. They were both members of a marching band. Williams and Hugo attended Princess Anne High School. Hugo attended Kempsville High School. In the MTV show When I Was 17, Pharrell stated that he was a nerd and did things that made him stand out from most of his peers. Williams attended Northwestern University for two years before dropping out. In the early 1990s, Hugo and Williams formed a four-piece "R&B-type" group, the Neptunes, with friends Shay Haley and Mike Etheridge, they entered a high school talent show where they were discovered by Teddy Riley, whose studio was next to Princess Anne High School.
After graduating from high school, the group signed with Riley. Through working with Riley, Williams went on to write a verse and help produce for Wreckx-N-Effect's 1992 hit "Rump Shaker"; that same year, he performed a small rap solo on SWV's second hit, "Right Here". Williams and Hugo met rap duo Clipse in Virginia Beach in 1993, where they were signed to Arista Records through Williams' Star Trak Entertainment imprint. In 1994, Hugo and Williams had established themselves as a production duo under their old name "The Neptunes", assistant-produced "Tonight's The Night" from Blackstreet's self-titled album. Over the next three years they continued to produce and some of the results had little resemblance to the Neptunes' sound later. However, some like Mase's 1997 song "Lookin' at Me" from his album Harlem World, the most definite beginning of the distinctive "Neptunes sound", came with N. O. R. E's "Superthug" in 1998, reaching number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100, gaining them widespread attention for the first time.
In 1999, a mutual friend introduced Williams to Kelis, their resulting collaboration produced her first album Kaleidoscope. At this point the Neptunes were gaining a wide audience. In 2000, they produced the song I Just Wanna Love U for Jay Z's album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, which released as the album's first single; the song's sound and success sparked the interest of maturing pop artist Britney Spears. Britney wanted to work with the Neptunes for her upcoming album, saying "for this album I was inspired by Jay-Z and The Neptunes, those were the two people I listened to."In 2001, Britney Spears released her album Britney featuring the lead single "I'm a Slave 4 U", produced by The Neptunes. The song was a defining hit in both of their careers, it was The Neptunes' first time having helped create an album that debuted number one in the Billboard 200; the same year, N*E*R*D, consisting of Williams and Haley, released their first album, In Search of... in Europe, where the first Kelis album was better received.
The album sounded much like their previous production work. In 2002 their re-produced album was released worldwide, the Neptunes reached number one in the U. S. with Nelly's single, "Hot in Herre". In August of the same year, the Neptunes were named "Producers of the Year" at both the Source Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. Clipse released their commercial debut album Lord Willin' in August 2002; the album started at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number four on the Billboard 200, fueled by its first two singles, "Grindin'" and "When the Last Time", which peaked at number 34 and number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Neptunes released a self-credited album called The Neptunes Present... Clones in 2003, with songs and remixes from various artists; this topped the U. S. Billboard 200 Albums Chart; the Neptunes and Williams were kept in public eye due to ties with Jay Z, producing several hit singles for him and two tracks on his The Black Album. The track "Frontin'" was a big hit.
A survey in August 2003 found the Neptunes produced 20 percent of songs played on British radio at the time, a survey in the US had them at 43
Nigo is a Japanese fashion designer, DJ, record producer and entrepreneur best known as the creator of the urban clothing line A Bathing Ape. He is the DJ of the Japanese hip hop group Teriyaki Boyz. Nigo's venture into fashion started in a small store selling a few Bape T-shirts and camouflage print hoodies, which became popular among teenagers. In 2002, Nigo released the Bapesta sneaker, which according to BBC presenter Jonathan Ross became the "epitome of collectable footwear." The sneaker resembles Nike's Air Force 1 design, but instead of the swoosh on the side, it has Nigo's Bapesta logo, a star with a lightning zap extending out of the star. In 2005, Nigo partnered with Pharrell Williams to create and launch the streetwear brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream footwear. In 2017, Nigo became his new brand Human Made. Nigo has been associated with popular rap and hip hop artists such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, he is the DJ of the Japanese hip hop group Teriyaki Boyz and is owner of BAPE Sounds record label.
He has an MTV Japan show which he created called Nigoldeneye. Together with BiS manager Watanabe Junnosuke, Nigo is the producer and manager for the female pop group BILLIE IDLE, his involvement with the group began in 2014, when he directed a music video for BiS' song "nerve", after the group disbanded and Watanabe offered BiS members First Summer Uika and Hirano Nozomi the chance to join their new project, BILLIE IDLE. The group debuted in 2014 for which Nigo is the executive producer. Nigo uses a translator whenever he does interviews. Nigo has a cameo appearance in the Takashi Murakami short film Akihabara Majokko Princess shown at the "Pop Life" exhibition at Tate Modern in London, his real name is Tomoaki Nagao. 2005 Style Award, MTV Asia Awards Star Trak Entertainment N*E*R*D Stormzy Official website Photoshoot of the interior of Nigo's house from Brutus Casa
Teriyaki Boyz are a Japanese hip hop and pop group from Yokohama, Japan. The group consists of Ilmari and Ryo-Z from Rip Slyme, Verbal from M-Flo, rapper Wise and Nigo, the DJ and founder of the popular Japanese streetwear brand A Bathing Ape. Hence the group members are prominently seen sporting Bathing Ape wear for live concerts and in music videos, their debut album from Def Jam Recordings and APE Sounds, titled Beef or Chicken was produced by an array of rap and electronica producers including Adrock of the Beastie Boys, Cut Chemist, Daft Punk, Dan the Automator, DJ Premier, DJ Shadow, Just Blaze, Jermaine Dupri, Mark Ronson, The Neptunes. Their first single "HeartBreaker", was produced by Daft Punk and contains elements of the Daft Punk song "Human After All"; the group has gone on to collaborate with renowned rap artists Kanye West, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Big Sean for their subsequent singles. Two tracks by the Teriyaki Boyz were featured on The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift soundtrack, the title track Tokyo Drift, "Cho L A R G E", featuring Pharrell, released on their debut album
Verbal is a third generation Zainichi Korean hip hop recording artist, music video director and record producer who debuted in 1998 as a member of the hip hop group M-Flo. M-Flo's hits in the early 2000s, such as "How You Like Me Now?" and "Come Again" led to Verbal rapping and producing a wide range of acts in Japan such as Crystal Kay, BoA, Kumi Koda and Namie Amuro. Verbal considers his role in m-flo as a "host" than a rapper or producer, though their success and critical acclaim established them as an iconic and influential hip hop production team throughout AsiaVerbal is a member of other hip hop groups such as Mic Banditz and Teriyaki Boyz and has worked with Kanye West and Kylie Minogue amongst many others. Verbal is the chairman of music label Espionage Records, production agency Kozm and has a fashion brand called Ambush, co-founded with his wife Yoon, he launched his solo career in March 2011 with the album "Visionair". Verbal was born in Tokyo with Korean background in 1975. In 1985, his parents moved to Boston in the United States for work.
When at a YMCA summer camp, Verbal was first exposed to hip hop music, in the form of Run–D. M. C.'s. He was impressed and influenced by the hip hop culture of New York City and at 14 years old he started writing lyrics in English, his parents moved back to Tokyo and Verbal attended St. Mary's International School, he met Taku Takahashi there and the pair formed a rap rock band called N. M. D. in 1992. The band received many offers from major record labels after their live performances, however as Verbal did not see being a rapper as a practical career, he turned down these offers. Verbal returned to the United States, to study marketing at Boston College. In his first year of university, he abandoned these plans after a great romantic disappointment, converting to Protestantism and deciding to study for a masters in divinity at Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary to become a pastor. Verbal has said that his influences began with gangster rap groups like N. W. A. After he mistakenly purchased a Gang Starr album, he became interested in East coast hip hop including De La Soul and Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
In 1998, Verbal returned for winter break to Japan. During this time, he recorded a rap for a cover of Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" that Takahashi was producing. Masaji Asakawa from the DJ group GTS, a contact of Takahashi's, believed the song was high quality. M-Flo was officially formed, with Verbal and Takahashi recording many songs together. Asakawa believed one of these songs, "Been So Long," featuring vocals from a mutual friend of both Verbal and Takahashi, was high enough quality for him to try to convince Verbal to become a full-time musician, he was convinced and the group debuted as a three-person group in 1999 with "The Tripod E. P." which debuted in the top 10 on the Japanese singles chart. The group achieved great success in 2000 and 2001 with the songs "How You Like Me Now?" and "Come Again," with the former selling more than 220,000 copies and the latter 390,000 copies. The band's second album, Expo Expo, debuted at #4 on the charts. During the group's first two albums, Verbal was travelling back and forth between Japan and America to finish his studies.
During these initial years, Verbal had collaborated with a great number of Japanese artists including producing the female rap unit Heartsdales. In 2002, Lisa left M-Flo following a disagreement to pursue a solo career. During this time and Takahashi's solo works intensified, with Verbal taking a major part in two different hip hop supergroups, Mic Banditz and Suite Chic. In 2003, M-Flo returned from hiatus, but instead of using a new full-time vocalist, the band featured a different famous musician on each of their songs. In 2002, Verbal formed the Japanese hip hop supergroup Mic Banditz on his Espionage Records label imprint; the group comprised rappers Verbal, Arkitec, 51-Goichi-, Clench and Mr. Blistah of the duo Clench & Blistah; the group represented a more traditional hip-hop sound in contrast to M-Flo's pop-influenced sound. They released two full-length albums of majority Japanese-language rap, 2003's Sixth Sense and 2004's Johnny Astro & the Diamond Crooks and collaborated with Japanese R&B singer Emi Hinouchi, at the time signed to fellow M-Flo member Taku Takahashi's Tachytelic Records imprint.
The group have been on hiatus since 2005. In 2005, Verbal became a member of Teriyaki Boyz; the group has collaborated with many famous Western hip hop musicians, such as The Neptunes, the Beastie Boys, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. The group came to the most prominence in the West with the eponymous theme song for the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006. In 2007, M-Flo released their final album featuring Cosmicolor. After this point, the group have released sporadically, with a succession of different compilation albums. Verbal has been working with other artists since producing songs for such artists as BoA and Halcali; some of his biggest collaborations since have been a cover of Godiego's song "The Galaxy Express 999" with Exile, certified as double platinum for cellphone downloads by the RIAJ and a collaboration with Kana Nishino, "Kimi no Koe o,", certified gold for cellphone downloads. In 2010, Verbal directed his first music video, Minmi's "Pa to Hanasaku," which features Verbal.
In September 2004, Verbal married Korean American Yoon. Together they started jewelry label Ambush, with the initial aim of custom-making jewelry for Verbal, they have since produced