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). Publishing dates were acquired from Amazon.com.
His complete Grammy nominations included:. NOTE: Most of these books (plus many others) were located at: Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com). 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 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. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted ZZ Top in on March 15, 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. The band first gained wide attention with their "Tres Hombres" album, which contained the classic song "La Grange", referencing the same bordello that is the subject of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." They reached new heights of popularity with the 1983 album Eliminator, boosted to prominence by music videos for the tracks "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man" each of which featured a small bright red coupe called The Eliminator (http://www.lowpft.com/FIVE.GIF) and a mysterious trio of beautiful women who travel around helping various people in the videos. In 2004, Kanye West received ten Grammy Award nominations, making him the most nominated artist of 2004. (Frank Beard, interestingly, does not wear a beard.) In 1984, the Gillette company offered Gibbons and Hill $1 million apiece to shave their beards for a commercial, but they declined. His other collaborations with other artists include Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey and John Legend. Gibbons and Hill are always pictured wearing sunglasses, trenchcoats and their trademark waist-length beards. He also appears on Brandy's single, "Talk About Our Love". As well as a distinctive guitar sound and hard-driving, innuendo-laced lyrics (many of which are about places and events in their home state of Texas), the band is probably best known for its distinctive look.

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. The band members are Billy Gibbons (vocals and guitar, of Moving Sidewalks), Dusty Hill (bass, of The American Blues) and Frank Beard (drums, of The Cellar Dwellers, The Hustlers, and The American Blues). "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. ZZ Top is a rock band, most prominent in the 1970s and 1980s, from Houston, Texas. 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. In a national phone-in poll conducted during the broadcast, the band won by a significant margin. 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 a 1984 episode of Saturday Night Live, Father Guido Sarducci "nominated" ZZ Top for the Democratic presidential primary.

"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. ZZ Top is a sponsor of the Delta Blues Museum. 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. The band appeared in the film Back to the Future Part III. 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. This brothel is also the subject of the film The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. "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 real name of the brothel is "Gracie's Chicken Farm".

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. "La Grange" is a song about a brothel. A car crash in October 2002 left his jaw fractured in three places. He fully recovered. 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. In December 1984, Dusty Hill accidentally set off a derringer he kept in his boot and shot himself in the stomach. Kanye West (pronounced CON-yay) (born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American music producer and rapper from Chicago, Illinois. In 2002, he made that title official and was ordained so he could perform a Dallas wedding.

The New Workout Plan, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #60. Billy Gibbons has often been referred to as The Reverend Willy G. Through the Wire, Top 40 Tracks, #25. Sorry, no release date yet.). Through the Wire, Top 40 Mainstream, #32. Publisher: Backbeat Books. Through the Wire, Hot 100, #15. "ZZ Top: Fearless Boogie - The Full 30-Year Story of the Great Texas Trio" (Author: Hugh Gregory.

Through the Wire, Rhythmic Top 40, #10. "The Best of Zz Top: A Step-By-Step Breakdown of the Guitar Styles and Techniques of Billy Gibbons" (September 1, 2003). Through the Wire, Hot Rap Tracks, #4. "The Very Best of ZZ Top" (April 1, 2003). Through the Wire, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #8. "Essential ZZ Top" (April 2003). Jesus Walks, Hot 100, #11. "ZZ Top - Guitar Anthology" (February 1, 2003).

Jesus Walks, Rhythmic Top 40, #16. "ZZ Top / XXX (Authentic Guitar-Tab)" (March 1, 2000). Jesus Walks, Hot Rap Tracks, #3. "The New Best of Zz Top for Guitar (Easy Tab Deluxe)" (July 1, 1999). Jesus Walks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #2. "ZZ Top Greatest Hits" (July 1, 1999). All Falls Down, Top 40 Tracks, #12. "ZZ Top: Elimination" (June 1, 1998).

All Falls Down, Top 40 Mainstream, #22. "Sharp-Dressed Men: Zz Top Behind the Scenes from Blues to Boogie to Beards" (May 1, 1994). All Falls Down, Hot 100, #7. "Elimination: The ZZ Top Story" (December 1, 1991). All Falls Down, Rhythmic Top 40, #7. "ZZ Top" by Robert Draper (July 1, 1989). All Falls Down, Hot Rap Tracks, #2. "ZZ Top" by Philip Kamin (March 3, 1986).

All Falls Down, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks, #4. "ZZ Top" by Mitchell Craven (July 1, 1985). Best Rap Album for The College Dropout. "ZZ Top: Bad and Worldwide" (1985). Best Rap Song for Jesus Walks. 9, 2004) - ZZ Top plays on this DVD. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Slow Jamz. "Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival" (Nov.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for All Falls Down. "ZZ Top's Greatest's Hits" (2004). Best Rap Solo Performance for Through The Wire. "TV Dinners". Best R&B Song for You Don't Know My Name (as a songwriter). "Burger Man". Best New Artist. "Rough Boy".

Song of the Year for Jesus Walks. "Viva Las Vegas". Album of the Year for The College Dropout. "Sleeping Bag". Album of the Year for The Diary Of Alicia Keys (as a producer). "Legs" (1984). "Sharp Dressed Man" (1983).

"Gimme All Your Lovin'" (1983). also, the songs listed under "Music Videos" below. "Velcro Fly". "Tush".

"Nationwide". "La Grange". "Cheap Sunglasses". Rancho Texicano (2004).

Chrome, Smoke & BBQ (2003). Mescalero (2003). XXX (1999). Rhythmeen (1996).

One Foot in the Blues (1994). Antenna (1994). ZZ Top's Greatest Hits (1992). Recycler (1990).

Afterburner (1985). Eliminator (1983). El Loco (1981). DegŁello (1979).

The Best of ZZ Top (1977). Tejas (1976). Fandango! (1975). Tres Hombres (1973).

Rio Grande Mud (1972). ZZ Top's First Album (1970).

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