How do you define a real artist? Is being a good singer, actor or dancer enough? Talent is either innate or enhanced through constant practice, and it is one of the requirements to become a certified artist. However, the ability to touch other people's lives, influence them through your acts, and be able to change in the society is something worthy of praise, recognition, and of course admiration from millions of people. One great example of this kind of artist is Kanye West, who has contributed to the world of hip hop. He is a kind of artist that pursues whatever he thinks is best for the art and music industry. Through his unique sound and style of music, he is considered one of the most admired, popular, and influential people in the industry. Kanye West is known for being full of contradictions. He is materialistic but religious, arrogant or big headed but self-deprecating. And he is remarkably rude but also sensitive. Despite some of his negative aspects or attributes as a person, people still see him as a person with a good side, which even makes him more worthy of admiration. Instead of sublimating those conflicts, he shows them off through his music! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carrie Mcleod. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061034/bk_acx0_061034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kanye West is an American hip hop recording artist, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Raised in Chicago, West briefly attended art school before becoming known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hit singles for artists such as Jay Z and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success. He went on to explore a variety of different musical styles on subsequent albums that included the baroque-inflected Late Registration (2005), the arena-inspired Graduation (2007), and the polarizing 808s & Heartbreak (2008). In 2010, he released his critically acclaimed fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and the following year he collaborated with Jay Z on the joint LP Watch the Throne (2011). West released his sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. West's seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016. West is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 32 million albums and 100 million digital downloads worldwide. 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. Three of his albums rank on Rolling Stone's 2012 "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregg Robinson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063835/bk_acx0_063835_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl", the Jewish kid from the LA suburbs who became a rap battling legend - and then almost became a star. When 12-year-old Jensen Karp got his first taste of rapping for crowds at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991, little did he know that he was taking his first step on a crazy journey - one that would end with a failed million-dollar recording and publishing deal with Interscope Records when he was only 19. Now, in Kanye West Owes Me $300, Karp finally tells the true story of his wild ride as "Hot Karl", the most famous white rapper you've never heard of. On his way to (almost) celebrity, Jensen shares his childhood run-ins with rock-listening Southern California classmates who tell him that "rap is for black people" and then recounts his record-breaking rap battling streak on popular radio contest The Roll Call - a run that caught the eye of a music industry hungry for new rap voices in the early '00s. He also introduces his rap partner, Rickye, who constitutes the second half of their group, XTra Large; his supportive mom, who performs with him onstage; and the soon-to-be-household-name artists he records with, including Kanye West, Redman, Fabolous, Mya, and will.i.am. Finally he reveals why his album never saw the light of day (two words: Slim Shady), the downward spiral he suffered after, and what he found instead of rap glory. Full of rollicking stories from his close brush with fame, Karp's hilarious memoir is the ultimate fish-out-of-water story about a guy who follows an unlikely passion - trying to crack the rap game - despite what everyone else says. It's 30 Rock for the rap set, 8 Mile for the suburbs, and quite the journey for a white kid from the valley. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jensen Karp, Chris MacDonnell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004609/bk_rand_004609_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jay Pharoah, Saturday Night Live cast member for six years, brings you his latest and greatest special, Can I Be Me. This special includes some of Pharoah’s greatest celebrity impressions, including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Bernie Mac, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Katt Williams, Barack Obama, and many more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay Pharoah. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cody/000460/bk_cody_000460_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There is no doubt that Kim Kardashian is one of the most successful American models and actresses of this generation. Who could not have heard about the Kardashian's appearance in the famous TV series entitled Keeping up with the Kardashians. The success of this TV show has paved the way to more opportunities for Kim, such as Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Kourtney and Kim Take New York. Apart from that, her marriage to popular rapper Kanye West even took her fame and coverage into a newer height. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sangita Chauhan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059291/bk_acx0_059291_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As the lead singer of The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson had huge hits – as well as a debilitating drug habit. He tells his story of recovery and rebounding to the top of the charts with the help of Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West in the new memoir I Am Charlie Wilson. Also, The Silver Lake Chorus commissions new songs from indie rock's greatest songwriters, and we hear the story behind one Aimee Mann wrote for them. And, for a poet obsessed with the passage of time and the end of the world, Mary Jo Bang has a surprisingly upbeat personality. [Broadcast Date: July 25, 2015] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/150725/rt_stud_150725_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kim Kardashian West is an American reality television personality, actress, socialite, businesswoman, and model. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kardashian first gained media attention through her friendship with Paris Hilton. In 2007, she and her family began to appear in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Its success has led to the creation of spin-offs including Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. Kardashian's relationship with and marriage to rapper Kanye West has also been a source of significant coverage. In 2015, Kardashian was reported to be the highest-paid reality television personality, with her total earnings exceeding $53 million. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Sternenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061365/bk_acx0_061365_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Plot against Hip Hop is a noir novel set in the world of hip-hop culture. The fatal stabbing of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard, and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work. D Hunter's investigation into his mentor's murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hard-core fans suspect. This rewrite of hip-hop history mixes real-life figures with characters pulled from the culture's hidden world, including Jay Z, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shayna Small. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006989/bk_blak_006989_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Another book about the trials of having a baby? Fear not; The Baby Bumps is anything but your typical jaunt through impending motherhood. Instead Spotify spokesperson and former CNN entertainment reporter Shanon Cook weaves a mix of self-effacing insights, unvarnished truth, and insider access to musicians and celebrities like Kanye West, Heidi Klum, and Kylie Minogue. A particularly candid story about landing a career-high interview with Sting while hesitant about getting pregnant will surely elicit a gut reaction. The Baby Bumps is Shanon's hilariously honest memoir tracking her journey from flashy reporter to scattered new mother, capturing the comedy and vulnerability born out of leaving behind one life to grow another. It exposes the struggles that come with trying to juggle it all, with lipstick on and hair in place, before learning that while life doesn't have a control button, it's possible to enjoy the (bumpy) ride. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shanon Cook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021953/bk_adbl_021953_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.