Kanye West The College Drop Out VINYL

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Kanye West The College Drop Out VINYL

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Hard to believe, but there was a time before Kanye West – an age where we had to make do without this unshakably confident MC/producer, with his grand media pronouncements, goofy Twitter philosophy, and reliably excellent hip hop records. That Kanye today is perhaps hip hop’s most high-profile face is a lot to do with 2004’s The College Dropout. At the time of its release, Kanye was probably best known as a producer, his pitched-up soul samples and gleaming synths gracing numerous records from Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella label (most notably, Hova’s own career high water mark, The Blueprint). Here, though, Kanye pulled off an audacious stunt that only one with his towering ego would dare attempt: to transform himself not just into a rapper, but a mainstream hit-maker, with a career plan – from dropout to graduate, and beyond – sketched out in front of him.

That he pulls it off is a lot to do with his peculiar proximity to mainstream hip hop culture. Sure, the opening We Don’t Care boasts a chorus that nods to the hard-knock ghetto narrative – “Drug-dealing just to get by / Stacking money ‘til it gets sky high” – but it does it with bright horns and a sunny, sing-song hook. As a couple of School Spirit skits make crystal-clear, Kanye is no thug: he’s preppy, God-fearing, a lover not a fighter, and his ingenious rhymes and easy charm come like a breath of fresh air. So, Jesus Walks and Through the Wire balance laid-back beats with frightening confidence; the latter finds Kanye relating the aftermath of a near-fatal car crash over a helium-treated Chaka Khan hook, as if convinced of his own invincibility. Slow Jamz, with Twista and Jamie Foxx, pays tribute to the boudoir-friendly tunes of Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross. And while West himself shows little sign of flagging, guest spots from the likes of Jay-Z, Ludacris, Common and Mos Def ensure it’s a treat from start to close.


Track Listing
1 Intro
2 We Don’t Care
3 Graduation Day
4 All Falls Down – Syleena Johnson, Kanye West
5 I’Ll Fly Away
6 Spaceship – Consequence, Glc, Kanye West
7 Jesus Walks
8 Never Let Me Down – Jay-Z, , Kanye West
9 Get Em High – Common, Talib Kweli, Kanye West
10 Workout Plan
11 New Workout Plan
12 Slow Jamz – Jamie Foxx, Twista, Kanye West
13 Breathe in Breathe Out – Ludacris, Kanye West
14 School Spirit Skit 1
15 School Spirit
16 School Spirit Skit 2
17 Lil Jimmy Skit – Harlem Boys Choir, Mos Def, Kanye West
18 Two Words – Freeway, Harlem Boys Choir, Mos Def, Kanye West
19 Through the Wire
20 Family Business
21 Last Call

Details
Artist: Kanye West
Title: College Drop Out
Genre: Rap / Hip Hop
Release Date: 24 February 2004
Attributes: EXPLICIT VERSION 2 LP
Country: USA
Label: Umgd/Def Jam
Product Type: Vinyl
Catalogue: 203001
UPC: 602498617410

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