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Producer Kanye West's highlight reels were stacking up exponentially when his solo debut for Roc-a-Fella was released, after numerous delays and a handful of suspense-building underground mixes. The week The College Dropout came out, three singles featuring his handiwork were in the Top 20, including his own "Through the Wire." A daring way to introduce himself to the masses as an MC, the enterprising West recorded the song during his recovery from a car wreck that nearly took his life — while his jaw was wired shut. Heartbreaking and hysterical ("There's been an accident like Geico/They thought I was burnt up like Pepsi did Michael"), and wrapped around the helium chirp of the pitched-up chorus from Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire," the song and accompanying video couldn't have forged his dual status as underdog and champion any better. All of this momentum keeps rolling through The College Dropout, an album that's nearly as phenomenal as the boastful West has led everyone to believe. From a production standpoint, nothing here tops recent conquests like Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name" or Talib Kweli's "Get By," but he's consistently potent and tempers his familiar characteristics — high-pitched soul samples, gospel elements — by tweaking them and not using them as a crutch. Even though those with their ears to the street knew West could excel as an MC, he has used this album as an opportunity to prove his less-known skills to a wider audience. One of the most poignant moments is on "All Falls Down," where the self-effacing West examines self-consciousness in the context of his community: "Rollies and Pashas done drive me crazy/I can't even pronounce nothing, yo pass the Versacey/Then I spent 400 bucks on this just to be like 'N*gga you ain't up on this'." If the notion that the album runs much deeper than the singles isn't enough, there's something of a surprising bonus: rather puzzlingly, a slightly adjusted mix of "Slow Jamz" — a side-splitting ode to legends of baby-making soul that originally appeared on Twista's Kamikaze, just before that MC received his own Roc-a-Fella chain — also appears. Prior to this album, we were more than aware that West's stature as a producer was undeniable; now we know that he's also a remarkably versatile lyricist and a valuable MC.

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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.

Biografía

Nacido/a: Atlanta, GA, 08 de junio de 1977

Género: Hip-Hop/Rap

Años de actividad: '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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