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The College Dropout

Kanye West

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College Dropout poses ethical questions about living poor and wanting (and achieving) more. ("I'll Fly Away," "Spaceship," and "All Falls Down" are prime examples.) There are moments of fierce determination on "Through the Wire" and "Never Let Me Down" that give the record additional lift. The Chicago producer aimed the magnifying glass inward to reveal a bifurcation of expectations as "the first nigga with a Benz and a backpack." On "Graduation Day," a voice chastises him for not making songs for the kids. "Jesus Walks" asks pointed questions about the role of religion in music. And West does this with a magician's sleight-of-hand, a generous amount of sweetener, and a cheetah's ear for hooks. Overhyped? Nah, College Dropout deserved every Grammy award it won and more.

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Groundbreaking

Kanye's first album is definitely a classic. Moving hip hop music away from stagnant waters, Kanye uses comedy, religion, and innovative beats to 'change the game of hip hop'. While "Jesus Walks" and "Slow Jamz" gets all of the play, and press, "Through The Wire" is credited for getting Damon Dash to recognize Kanye's skill as a rapper, it is "New Workout Plan", "All Falls Down" and the severely underrated, and underplayed "Spaceship" that round out the the best cuts of the album. Thanks for representing Chicago well, Ye -S. Dot (Chicago)

Made History... well to me any way

This album is probably one of the greatest albums that I have ever heard in my entire life. It made me regert all the years that I missed out on Hip Hop not giving it a chance. Most people are still talking about "Jesus Walks". I may be Catholic but that's not my favorite song. What did it for me was "Never Let Me Down". It should have been the one with the music video although if you pay close attention to the "Jesus Walks" video you will hear a breif camio from the beat of the song after the first track is over. Anyway that's what got me into hip hop, the day of my 8th grade field trip to North Carolina when my sister lent me her CD player and two of her CDs (the black album being the other one) and I stumbled upon track #8 of "The College Dropout".

Classic. Period.

This may be one of the only albums ill ever give five stars. This is one of the greatest hip hop albums of the modern era by far. Im writing this review in september of 2007, ive had this cd for years now, but im still listening. I never reviewed it before so i decided to do it. I like the skits on this album, theyre almost i little break from the music, with them being serious and comical. Then the songs themselves are great. This is one of those cds you can listen to without skipping a song. Thats how good it is. We Don't Care, All Falls Down, and Spaceship are great tracks to open the album with. They all have certain things in common. Jesus Walks, one of the most recognizable songs on the album talks about how you can rap about drugs, sex, and all that, but then talk about Jesus and people pretend like they dont know the song is there. It also talks about how Jesus is with everyone, good and bad people, through the good and bad. Never let Me Down is great, Get Em High is good, one of the only four star tracks on the album. The New Workout Plan is funny and all, but it isnt the greatest song, another four star song. Slow Jamz is then a really good, sort of soulful song. Then Breath In Breathe Out Comes on, and it gets kind of catchy, its funny how Kanye even admits that hes rapping about how hes rapping about money and girls even after all the things hes gone through. Even though hes rapping about something youve heard a lot, he makes it new and creative, and it is nothing youve heard before. School Spirit is cool, goes with the College theme. Now for Two Words. This may be my favorite song of all time. This song is piled with a great beat, and awsome lyrics. This is in my opinion, the best song on the album. Even Freeway is really good on this track. Through the Wire, is a great song, at the time, it was like nothing else youve heard on the radio, and it still is. Telling a story about Kanye's struggle with his mouth being wired shut. This song is very inspiring and is a great song. This may sound soft, but i almost cried listening to Family Buisiness. It reminded me of all the good times ive had with my family and how much i love them. Great song, i love it. Finally, the end of the album with Last Call. This song is cool, especially if you listen to it. Im assuming a lot of people skip it because of the length, but it tells the story of how Kanye was able to make this album and how he got signed. In all, this album is great, i dont think itll even get old. A lot of people think Late Registration was better. Even though that was a great album, this one still is better. If you listen to this during the whole Hip-Hip is dead thing going on now, itll feel like a nice breeze. Hopefully, Kanye will be able to be good with just 13 tracks on Graduation, which comes out in a week. He'll cream 50.

Biography

Born: June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

In the span of three short years, Kanye West went from hip-hop beatmaker to worldwide hitmaker, as his stellar production work for Jay-Z led to a major-label recording contract and, ultimately, a wildly successful solo career. West paired his beats with tongue-twisting raps and a self-assured, flamboyant personality. His dapper fashion sense set him apart from many of his rap peers, and his confidence often came across as boastful or even egotistical, albeit amusingly so. This flamboyance, of course,...
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