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Kanye West

Kanye West
Born in Atlanta, this rapper and producer moved to Chicago with his mother when he was 3 years old. He's considered to be one of the most commercially successful "back-pack" rappers. West has said he was largely influenced by Wu-Tang member RZA. The first major label song he produced was Jay-Z's "This Can't Be Life," featuring West's signature sound of taking old, soul samples, speeding them up, and adding his own drum sounds and other instruments. In 2001, he broke out as a producer, largely because his sound was all over Jay-Z's critically-acclaimed "The Blueprint." In October 2002, West survived a car accident after falling asleep at the wheel of his car. He recorded "Through The Wire" ab... Show more »
Born in Atlanta, this rapper and producer moved to Chicago with his mother when he was 3 years old. He's considered to be one of the most commercially successful "back-pack" rappers. West has said he was largely influenced by Wu-Tang member RZA. The first major label song he produced was Jay-Z's "This Can't Be Life," featuring West's signature sound of taking old, soul samples, speeding them up, and adding his own drum sounds and other instruments. In 2001, he broke out as a producer, largely because his sound was all over Jay-Z's critically-acclaimed "The Blueprint." In October 2002, West survived a car accident after falling asleep at the wheel of his car. He recorded "Through The Wire" about two weeks after the accident with his jaws wired shut. It was featured on his debut album, "College Dropout," released in February 2004, on Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records. The Grammy-nominated album sold more than 3 million copies. In August 2005, West released his highly-anticipated follow up "Late Registration," which sold more than 860,000 in its first week. In September 2007 he released "Graduation," which sold more than 950,000 copies in its first week. « Show less
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  • Iteration of Prop. 24 is back

    Last year, media companies including the Walt Disney Co. and Time-Warner Inc., parent of Burbank’s Warner Bros. Studios, spent millions of dollars to help defeat California’s Proposition 24. Now a key part of the measure is back in a different...
  • Grant puts Disney on ice

    Glendale’s effort to cool demand for energy is taking hold, with the Walt Disney Co. as the latest customer to take advantage of a federally subsidized program to promote ice-based air conditioning to cut down on electricity. The chillers, called...
  • Walt Disney construction debate continues in Glendale

    Angry residents told Walt Disney Co. executives Wednesday they want to be compensated for the construction impacts of a childcare center on the studio's massive campus. About 20 residents Wednesday night met with a half-dozen Disney representatives...
  • Students cash in on imagination

    Students cash in on imagination
    A team of USC students took first prize in a highly competitive design competition sponsored by the Walt Disney Co., wooing the judges with a proposal to build a ride based on the movie “Up” at the studio’s Shanghai theme park. About...
  • Student headed for the blue sky

    Woodbury University may not have placed in the final round of the Walt Disney Co.’s annual design concept competition, but for one student, the journey will pay dividends. Mario Salazar scored a coveted paid internship in the Blue Sky department of...
  • Wedding: Shadburn-Larios

    Kristen H. Shadburn of Glendale and George C. Larios of North Hills were married at the Church of the Incarnation in Glendale. Father Joseph Shea officiated. The bride’s parents were married in the same church in 1987. Shadburn and Larios...
  • Disney to move its ride shop to Glendale

    Glendale will soon be the birthplace of the Walt Disney Co.’s world-famous theme park attractions after the entertainment giant moves its machine shop here from North Hollywood. The Glendale City Council on Tuesday signed off on plans for the shop...
  • The city's economic bright spot

    Glendale’s San Fernando Road corridor, long a drab bastion of nondescript warehouses and vague storefronts, continued its transformation this week with yet another huge commitment from the Walt Disney Co. and another firm poached from Los Angeles....
  • Glendale settles suit with cosmetics company

    CITY HALL — Glendale has agreed to pay a cosmetics company more than $400,000 to settle the company’s claim that it lost business after the city used threats of eminent domain in 2006 to push it out of a tenant building for a street-widening...
  • Disney files layoff notices

    The Walt Disney Co. will lay off 54 Glendale workers in its Interactive Media Group on March 25, according to a company filing with the state Employment Development Department. The move would be the latest in a round of layoffs at the interactive...
  • Disney donates $2.5M to Japan relief efforts

    The Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. will donate $2.5 million to the American Red Cross for humanitarian aid in earthquake- and tsunami-torn Japan, officials announced Tuesday. “Our hearts go out to the people of Japan,” Disney President and...
  • Disney expects $200-million loss on 'John Carter'

    Disney expects $200-million loss on 'John Carter'
    Walt Disney Co. said it expects to incur a loss of about $200 million on its big-budget sci-fi film, "John Carter,"  based on box-office results. The film's theatrical performance -- which brought in $184 million in global box-office sales, well shy of...