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Photos: Kanye West’s Career Highs — and Lows

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A teenaged Kanye West begins producing music for local Chicago acts. His first official credits come at the age of 19 on the 1996 album Down to Earth, the debut of an artist named Grav. In this early stage of his career, he is also affiliated with the artists GLC, Timmy G and Arrowstar, and they are collectively known as the Go Getters.

By   Amos Barshad 

2010

After months of rumblings about a return-to-rap album, the silence is broken: Kanye returns, sans Amber but with sharply fitted suits, first at the offices of various social networking companies rapping a cappela, and then with the massive "Power." A barrage of Tweets, epic music videos and awesome free music follows.

By   Amos Barshad 

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