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It was, according to Harper, an important influence. The three went in without any preconceived notion of what would come out, ending up with songs based on vocal harmonies and simple melodies. Music audiences were taken aback by the uncharacteristic production style and the presence of Auto-Tune, which typified the pre-release response to the record. And while you would be forgiven for thinking one Beatles link led to the other, you would be wrong.

It's something that just can't sink in all at once. Harper is part of the No Nukes group which is against the expansion of nuclear power. Once he had completed the album, it was leaked months before its release date. For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you. His maternal great-grandmother was a Russian - Lithuanian Jew.

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West has noted Wu-Tang Clan. It's like the rings on a tree, that moment is one of my rings. His first official production credits came at the age of nineteen when he produced eight tracks on Down to Earth, the debut album of a Chicago rapper named Grav.

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No recording from then is known to survive. By the end of it had sold in excess of four million copies.

This allowed him to be invited at the Rencontres Trans Musicales of Rennes in France in December where he went up for the first time on a large stage. West's Fame Kills tour with Lady Gaga was cancelled in response to the controversy. Harmonies are not for sissies. Several days ahead of its release, West again changed the title, this time to The Life of Pablo. According to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it.