Kanye West

Kanye West

Kanye West (pronounced CON-yay) (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American music producer and rapper from Chicago, Illinois.

Previously best known for producing hit singles for Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris, Kanye himself worked on a solo album for a long period of time, having the release pushed back time and time again. A car crash in October 2002 left his jaw fractured in three places. With his mouth still wired shut and only weeks after having an encounter with death, Kanye West began recording "Through The Wire," reliving his near-fatal accident. "Through The Wire", which sampled Chaka Khan's classic track "Through The Fire", would eventually become his lead single off The College Dropout in 2004, released on Roc-a-Fella Records. The album received almost universal acclaim for its balance of mainstream commercial appeal and conscious (at times verging on Afrocentric) lyrics, along with Kanye's signature style of taking samples from sped-up classic soul and R&B tracks.

The College Dropout reached #1 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 - it also peaked at #12 on the UK album chart, where it spent several months in the Top 20 during 2004. "Through The Wire" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and its successor "All Falls Down", which features R&B singer Syleena Johnson, peaked at #7. The third single from the album, the inspirational quasi-epic "Jesus Walks" peaked at #11 on the Hot 100, while a fourth extract, "The New Workout Plan", made a minor impression on the US R&B / Hip-Hop charts (see list of Billboard chart positions below).

In the UK, "Through The Wire" peaked at #9 on the official singles sales chart, "All Falls Down" peaked at #10, and "Jesus Walks" peaked at #16. "Jesus Walks" as of late has been subject for controversy, as the fact that the song was bought from Indianapolis-based MC Rhymefest and re-recorded has infuriated some hip-hop fans who decry such practices. He has also collaborated with Twista on a couple of his songs, such as "Overnight Celebrity" and "Slow Jamz" (also featuring Jamie Foxx) which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. He also appears on Brandy's single, "Talk About Our Love". His other collaborations with other artists include Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey and John Legend.

In 2004, Kanye West received ten Grammy Award nominations, making him the most nominated artist of 2004. He received two nominations in the Album of the Year category, one for The College Dropout, and one for his work on Alicia Keys's album The Diary of Alicia Keys. His work with pop icon Janet Jackson also earned a nomination for her single I Want You, produced by West, was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 13, 2005, his album The College Dropout won for Best Rap Album; and his single "Jesus Walks" won for Best Rap Song. Somewhat surprisingly, he did not go home with the Best New Artist Grammy (which instead went to Maroon 5); this snub was a repeat of the shut-out he received at the 2004 American Music Awards, where he lost to Gretchen Wilson.


His complete Grammy nominations included:

  • Album of the Year for The Diary Of Alicia Keys (as a producer)
  • Album of the Year for The College Dropout
  • Song of the Year for Jesus Walks
  • Best New Artist
  • Best R&B Song for You Don't Know My Name (as a songwriter)
  • Best Rap Solo Performance for Through The Wire
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for All Falls Down
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Slow Jamz
  • Best Rap Song for Jesus Walks
  • Best Rap Album for The College Dropout

Plus Janet Jackson's "I Want You" produced by West nominated in Best Female Recording (R&B).

Billboard Chart positions, by song

  • All Falls Down, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #4
  • All Falls Down, Hot Rap Tracks, #2
  • All Falls Down, Rhythmic Top 40, #7
  • All Falls Down, Hot 100, #7
  • All Falls Down, Top 40 Mainstream, #22
  • All Falls Down, Top 40 Tracks, #12
  • Jesus Walks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #2
  • Jesus Walks, Hot Rap Tracks, #3
  • Jesus Walks, Rhythmic Top 40, #16
  • Jesus Walks, Hot 100, #11
  • Through the Wire, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #8
  • Through the Wire, Hot Rap Tracks, #4
  • Through the Wire, Rhythmic Top 40, #10
  • Through the Wire, Hot 100, #15
  • Through the Wire, Top 40 Mainstream, #32
  • Through the Wire, Top 40 Tracks, #25
  • The New Workout Plan, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #60

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Plus Janet Jackson's "I Want You" produced by West nominated in Best Female Recording (R&B). He is probably best known today as the performer of the theme song for Monday Night Football, based on All My Rowdy Friends, and also for recording the "unofficial theme song of Operation Desert Storm", Don't Give Us A Reason, whose most well-remembered lyrics were, "Hey Ol' Saddam you figured wrong, when you thought the whole world would back down/You can take your poison gas and stick it up your sassafras.".
His complete Grammy nominations included:. By the end of the decade, however, the hits had dried up, with his last major success being There's a Tear in My Beer, a duet with his father created using electronic dubbing techniques. At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on February 13, 2005, his album The College Dropout won for Best Rap Album; and his single "Jesus Walks" won for Best Rap Song. Somewhat surprisingly, he did not go home with the Best New Artist Grammy (which instead went to Maroon 5); this snub was a repeat of the shut-out he received at the 2004 American Music Awards, where he lost to Gretchen Wilson. He didn't reach the charts again until the late 1970s, with I Fought the Law (Bobby Fuller), Family Tradition and Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound. During the 1980s, Williams became a country music superstar known for catchy anthems and hard-edged rock-influenced country. His work with pop icon Janet Jackson also earned a nomination for her single I Want You, produced by West, was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Upon his recovery (which took two years), Williams worked with Waylon Jennings on The New South.

He received two nominations in the Album of the Year category, one for The College Dropout, and one for his work on Alicia Keys's album The Diary of Alicia Keys. In 1975, he was severely injured in a mountain-climbing accident in Montana. In 2004, Kanye West received ten Grammy Award nominations, making him the most nominated artist of 2004. Moving to Alabama, Williams began playing with Southern rock musicians like Toy Caldwell, Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels. His other collaborations with other artists include Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey and John Legend. While recording a series of hit songs, Williams began abusing drugs including alcohol and eventually tried to commit suicide in 1974. He also appears on Brandy's single, "Talk About Our Love". The song signalled a move to rock and roll and other influences as he stepped from the shadow of his father, and he became best known for hits like Family Tradition and Born to Boogie.

He has also collaborated with Twista on a couple of his songs, such as "Overnight Celebrity" and "Slow Jamz" (also featuring Jamie Foxx) which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. After recording the soundtrack to Your Cheatin' Heart, a biography of his father, Williams Jr hit the charts with one of his own compositions, Standing in the Shadows. "Jesus Walks" as of late has been subject for controversy, as the fact that the song was bought from Indianapolis-based MC Rhymefest and re-recorded has infuriated some hip-hop fans who decry such practices. He began performing when eight years old, and in 1963 made his recording debut with Lone Gone Lonesome Blue, a staple of his father's career. In the UK, "Through The Wire" peaked at #9 on the official singles sales chart, "All Falls Down" peaked at #10, and "Jesus Walks" peaked at #16. Born Randall Hank Williams in Shreveport, Louisiana and known by the nickname Bocephus, he was raised by his mother Audrey after his father's death in 1953. The third single from the album, the inspirational quasi-epic "Jesus Walks" peaked at #11 on the Hot 100, while a fourth extract, "The New Workout Plan", made a minor impression on the US R&B / Hip-Hop charts (see list of Billboard chart positions below). and father of Hank III and Holly Williams.

"Through The Wire" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and its successor "All Falls Down", which features R&B singer Syleena Johnson, peaked at #7. Hank Williams, Jr. (born May 26, 1949) is a country singer, son of country music pioneer Hank Williams, Sr. The College Dropout reached #1 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 - it also peaked at #12 on the UK album chart, where it spent several months in the Top 20 during 2004. 2003 - I'm One of You. The album received almost universal acclaim for its balance of mainstream commercial appeal and conscious (at times verging on Afrocentric) lyrics, along with Kanye's signature style of taking samples from sped-up classic soul and R&B tracks. 2002 - The Almeria Club Recordings. "Through The Wire", which sampled Chaka Khan's classic track "Through The Fire", would eventually become his lead single off The College Dropout in 2004, released on Roc-a-Fella Records. 1999 - Stormy.

With his mouth still wired shut and only weeks after having an encounter with death, Kanye West began recording "Through The Wire," reliving his near-fatal accident. 1996 - AKA Wham Bam Sam. A car crash in October 2002 left his jaw fractured in three places. 1995 - Hog Wild. Previously best known for producing hit singles for Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris, Kanye himself worked on a solo album for a long period of time, having the release pushed back time and time again. 1994 - The Real Deal. Kanye West (pronounced CON-yay) (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American music producer and rapper from Chicago, Illinois. 1993 - Out of Left Field.

The New Workout Plan, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #60. 1991 - Pure Hank. Through the Wire, Top 40 Tracks, #25. 1991 - Maverick. Through the Wire, Top 40 Mainstream, #32. 1990 - Lone Wolf. Through the Wire, Hot 100, #15. 1988 - Wild Streak.

Through the Wire, Rhythmic Top 40, #10. 1987 - Born to Boogie. Through the Wire, Hot Rap Tracks, #4. 1986 - Montana Cafe. Through the Wire, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #8. 1985 - Five-O. Jesus Walks, Hot 100, #11. 1984 - Major Moves.

Jesus Walks, Rhythmic Top 40, #16. 1983 - Strong Stuff. Jesus Walks, Hot Rap Tracks, #3. 1983 - Man of Steel. Jesus Walks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #2. 1982 - High Notes. All Falls Down, Top 40 Tracks, #12. 1981 - The Pressure Is On.

All Falls Down, Top 40 Mainstream, #22. 1981 - Rowdy. All Falls Down, Hot 100, #7. 1980 - Habits Old and New. All Falls Down, Rhythmic Top 40, #7. 1979 - Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound. All Falls Down, Hot Rap Tracks, #2. 1979 - Family Tradition.

All Falls Down, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #4. 1977 - The New South. Best Rap Album for The College Dropout. 1977 - One Night Stands. Best Rap Song for Jesus Walks. and Friends. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Slow Jamz. 1976 - Hank Williams, Jr.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for All Falls Down. 1975 - Bocephus. Best Rap Solo Performance for Through The Wire. 1974 - The Last Love Song. Best R&B Song for You Don't Know My Name (as a songwriter). 1974 - Living Proof. Best New Artist. 1973 - Just Pickin', No Singin'.

Song of the Year for Jesus Walks. 1973 - After You/Pride's Not Hard to Swallow. Album of the Year for The College Dropout. 1972 - Finders Are Keepers. Album of the Year for The Diary Of Alicia Keys (as a producer). 1972 - 11 Roses. 1970 - Sunday Morning.

3. 1970 - Luke the Drifter, Jr., Vol. 1969 - Songs My Father Left Me. 2.

1969 - Luke the Drifter, Jr., Vol. 1969 - Luke the Drifter, Jr. 1968 - My Songs. 1967 - My Own Way.

1966 - Country Shadows. 1966 - Blues My Name. 1965 - Ballads of the Hills & Plains. 1964 - The Era of Hank Williams.

1963 - Songs of Hank Williams.

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