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Kanye West

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Kanye West
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West performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
Born Kanye Omari West
June 8, 1977 (age 36)
AtlantaGeorgia, U.S.
Residence Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S.
Occupation Rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, director, fashion designer, entrepreneur
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Kim Kardashian
(2014–present)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres Hip hop
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, sampler, percussion, synthesizer
Labels Very GOOD BeatsRoc-A-Fella,Def Jam
Associated acts Charlie WilsonChild Rebel SoldierCommon, Go-Getters,Jay-ZKid CudiLil WayneMike DeanMos DefNo I.D.Talib Kweli
Website
Official website

Kanye Omari West (/ˈkɑːnj/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rappersongwriterrecord producer, film director, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. West first gained prominence as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records; he achieved recognition for his work on rapper Jay-Z‘s The Blueprint (2001), as well as hit singles for musical artists including Alicia KeysLudacris, and Janet Jackson. His style of production originally used high-pitched vocal samples from soul songs incorporated with his own drums and instruments. He later broadened his influences to include 1970s R&Bbaroque poptrip hoparena rockfolkalternativeelectronicasynthpopindustrial, and classical music.

West was raised in a middle-class household in ChicagoIllinois, and began rapping in the third grade, becoming involved in the city’s hip hop scene. West attended art school for one semester before dropping out to pursue music entirely in the late 1990s. Although his real desire was to become a rapper, record executives did not take West seriously, viewing him as a producer first and foremost. After being signed to Roc-A-Fella in 2002, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to commercial and critical acclaim. The baroque-inspired Late Registration followed in 2005, and Graduation in 2007. West switched rapping for singing on his emotive 2008 effort 808’s & Heartbreak, and embraced maximalism on 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Following several collaborations, West released his sixth album, Yeezus, in 2013.

West is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 21 million albums and 66 million digital downloads.[1] 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 age.[2] Time has named West one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists.[3] Three of his albums rank on Rolling Stone’s 2012 “the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

West’s background and style, from his debut album, deviated from the then-dominant “gangsta” persona in hip hop, and he would later alter the genre stylistically as rappers adopted hisalternative aesthetic. An outspoken and controversial celebrity, West has often been the source of incidents at award shows. His interest in fashion has also attracted media attention and differentiates West from other artists. West runs his own record label GOOD Music and has directed several short films.

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Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Keenen Ivory Wayans
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Wayans in June 2013
Born June 8, 1958 (age 55)
New York CityNew YorkU.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1979–present

Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sr (born June 8, 1958) is an American actor, comediandirector and writer known as the host and creator of the Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color. Wayans is the director/creator of Scary Movie, the highest grossing movie ever directed by an African American. He briefly hosted his own show called The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.[1]

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Nick Rhodes

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 He has also released albums with Arcadia in 1985 (a Duran Duran side-project),[3] as well as The Devils in 2002 with Stephen Duffy the original lead singer of Duran Duran. In March 2013, he released the long-awaited TV Mania side project with ex-Duran Duran guitarist Warren Cuccurullo.
Nick Rhodes
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Nick Rhodes in 2012
Background information
Birth name Nicholas James Bates[1]
Born 8 June 1962 (age 51)
MoseleyBirminghamWest Midlands, England
Genres Poppop rocksynthpopnew wave
Occupations Keyboardist, producer
Instruments Keyboards,
analog synthesizerss,
digital synthesizers
Years active 1978-present
Associated acts Duran DuranArcadiaThe DevilsTV ManiaKajagoogoo,The Dandy Warhols
Notable instruments
Roland Jupiter-4
Roland Jupiter-8
Fairlight CMI
Alesis Andromeda A6

Nick Rhodes (born Nicholas James Bates; 8 June 1962) is an English musician, best known as the founding member and keyboardist of the new wave band Duran Duran.[2]

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Boz Scaggs

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This article is about a musician. For his album of the same name, see Boz Scaggs (album).
Boz Scaggs
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In concert in 2006
Background information
Birth name William Royce Scaggs
Born June 8, 1944 (age 69)
Canton, OhioUnited States
Genres Blue-eyed soulrockblues rock,soft rockjazz rock
Occupations Singersongwriterguitarist
Instruments Guitarvocals
Years active 1963–present
Labels ColumbiaAtlanticVirgin429 Records
Associated acts Steve Miller BandToto
Website BozScaggs.com
Notable instruments
Epiphone Casino
Fender Stratocaster
Gibson ES335
Gibson Les Paul
Gibson SG
Ovation Guitar

William Royce “Boz” Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singersongwriter and guitarist.[1] He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and sometime lead singer with theSteve Miller Band, and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States, including the well-known hits “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle” from the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Scaggs continues to write, record music and tour.[2]

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