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Kanye Omari West (pronounced /ˈkɑːnjeɪ/; 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.
April 22, 2011
Katy Perry was joined by Kanye West as they perform on American Idol last night (April 21). The pair performed their recent US number one hit 'E.T.' for the first time live on the Idol results show. Read more
April 21, 2011
Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been named as some of the most influential people on the planet. Bieber and the royal couple are among a number of famous faces who feature in the Times's 100 most influential list, reports MTV. Read more
April 20, 2011
Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa nearly clashed at last weekend's Coachella festival over former girlfriend Amber Rose, it's been reported. Khalifa, the model's new boyfriend, is said to have confronted West, who headlined the final night of the festival, after he allegedly made reference to her during his performance of 'Stronger'. Read more
April 20, 2011
The 'Kanye West Foundation' charity set up to reduce high school drop outs has mysteriously closed. An email sent out by former executive director, Joseph Collins, to other non-profit groups explained that the foundation had closed, reports the New York Times. > "I am reaching out to let you know that the Kanye West Foundation (kanyewestfoundation.org) has officially closed it doors after a successful 4+ years of programming and events," Collins wrote. Read more
April 19, 2011
Kanye West's performance at last weekend's Coachella Festival in California has been praised by critics. West's headline set on Sunday (April 17) was dedicated to his late mother and included songs from his entire career. Read more
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