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Previously best known for producing hit singles for major Hip-Hop/R&B artists, including Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris, West worked on his solo album for a long 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 his his accident, he recorded Through The Wire.
In 2004, Kanye won a Grammy for his single Jesus Walks and in 2005, released his second album Late Registration. Bouyed by the success of singles Diamonds (From Sierra Leone) (which contained samples from Shirley Bassey's Diamonds Are Forever) and Gold Digger, the album sold over 904,000 units in its first week of release.
Kanye has collaborated with numerous artists including rapper Twista, on songs such as Overnight Celebrity and Slow Jamz (also featuring Jamie Foxx) - which reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Some of the many other artists he has worked with include Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Dilated Peoples, Mariah Carey and John Legend.
"visually stunning, sonically audacious show"
"mesmerising stage presence"
"The staging was superb"
"So visually arresting that it won't be forgotten in a hurry"
"...there's no one else like him in hip hop"
"...riveting and unique."
"The music matches the imagery for sheer scale"
"it was extraordinary"
"The stage design was simple and brilliant"