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Graduation [Explicit Lyrics]

Kanye WestAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)

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listen  3. Stronger (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Good Life (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. T-Pain] [Explicit] 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Can't Tell Me Nothing (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Everything I Am (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. DJ Premier] [Explicit] 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Homecoming (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Chris Martin] [Explicit] 3:23Album Only
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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella Records
  • ASIN: B000RG1FMO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kanye West's third in a whimsical trilogy of "scholarly" albums, Graduation wears its predecessors' badges of success on its sleeve. Matriculation has its rewards, apparently, and it's time to take stock. Lyrically, there's plenty of self-congratulation to attend to, but the real fun comes in the collabs, and West chooses co-conspirators like a kid in a candy store--John Legend ("Good Life"), Coldplay's Chris Martin ("Homecoming"), Mos Def and the Section Quartet (both adorable choices for the foreboding "Drunk and Hot Girls")--and plucks samples with A-list braggadocio: Elton John, Steely Dan, Daft Punk, Can, Michael Jackson, Public Enemy. Nothing here quite captures the superlative symbiosis of West's past best beats (think "Gold Digger"), but the central motif remains: No one ever accused Kanye West of being too cool for school, and Graduation still knows how to party. True, Kanye West will happily whine about the pitfalls at the top of the heap, clear his throat and try to rhyme it with Barry Bonds, or diss fish in a barrel all day, but that can't stop a shameless good time, and Graduation maintains an unshakeable knack for producing it. --Jason Kirk

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Graduation is the 3rd installment in the Kanye West series of ground breaking albums, targeting every school kid, from those that have dropped out (Debut Album, College Dropout), to those late registrants (sophmore album Late Registration), to those that have gone on and completed school (current album Graduation). Though technically this earmarks a junior year, West's approach to crafting this album was very much senior. Kanye teams up with veterans Daft Punk and Edwin Birdsong on Stronger- Graduation's forthcoming single; as well as enlisting a little help from current chart topper T-Pain on Good Life. Chris Martin of Coldplay appears on a track called HomeComing as well. Kanye has continued to prove his understanding and appreciation for a wide array of music and musical influences. What makes GRADUATION so special? Like most Kanye titles, his fearlessness and blindness to inhibiting boundaries, coupled with his fan driven core competence is evidence that he knows exactly what people yearn for...great music, perspective, and a voice to be heard.

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78 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A more conscious and mature effort. September 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Kanye West is thoughtful ("Everything I'm not, made me everything I am," he explains on "Everything I Am") and has a voice like honey and a breathtakingly broad musical palette.
On his third album, West wants that acceptance on a big piece of paper, rolled up in a ribbon and presented to him in front of the applauding world. To make sure that everyone had the date in their diary, he pulled the release forward to clash with his nemesis, 50 Cent. But why bother? If anyone was going to get the prize for coming top of the class right now, it would be West.
"Graduation" sums up the qualities that made West a star: smart sampling, funny pitched-up vocals, a new found maturity, sagacious rapping and a finely attuned ear for infectious beats and rhythms.
There are also a couple of new ingredients: steely, electro synths from Daft Punk on "Stronger" and Caribbean lilts on "Good Life".
He's even got rappers' favourite indie boy Chris Martin doing his best Gilbert O'Sullivan impression on "Homecoming".
Despite all this, something about "Graduation" feels a bit cold.
The goofy glamour of "Gold Digger" and "Touch the Sky" have been edged out by over-earnest, gratingly repetitive self-promotion and an underlying sense of isolation and paranoia. And for all his right-on credentials, "Drunk & Hot Girls" veers close to hip-hop's tired old misogyny.
Kanye West is a 'conscious' rapper whose album samples Steely Dan and kraut rock beards Can; who muses on the stress of success; and who likes speeded up chipmunk vocals.
"Graduation" will leave some fans cold (it's a pop album that takes hip hop further into mainstream dance culture).
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to resisist : Kanye is way ahead of the pack. September 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Even if you're hopelessly alienated from American rap and hip-hop, Kanye West is extremely hard to resist if there is a musical bone in your body.
On this excellent record, he duets with Coldplay's Chris Martin on "Homecoming" and teams up with the young Grammy-winning blues guitarist John Mayer on "Bittersweet Poetry".
What makes these collaborations so good is that Kanye West is obviously not looking for crossover acceptance, rather he is demonstrating how he can excel in such distinguished company.
There's deft sampling of anyone who serves the cause, from Steely Dan and Elton John to reggae lion U-Roy and Daft Punk, and a new found maturity that ensures the swaggering but warm "Graduation": is that rarest of things: a keyboards-led hip hop album. It's tip top.
It's mature, adventurous, addictive.
With "Graduation", Kanye West proves once again that he is way ahead of the hip-hop pack.
Album's highlights: "Drunk and Hot Girls", "Can't Tell Me Nothing", "I Wonder" and "Stronger".
I'm loving it!
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kanye is a better producer then he is a lyricist. September 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
After two amazing solid hip hop albums just recently released this year, Common's Finding Forever and Talib Kweli's Eardrum, (both in which had an appearance with Kanye) one could only look foward to the next big album. This album was Kanye's Graduation. Unfortunately, this album was a mixed bag for me. As a producer, Kanye is one of the greats and he undeniably will be one of the best for some time to come. As a lyricist, I was definitely disappointed. Kanye is still better then most, but for this album I felt he didn't bring his A game. After hearing Common's and Talib Kweli's albums, this one seem very lackluster in the lyrical department. Either way, this is easily one of the best hip hop albums this year surpassing 50's Curtis.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Kanye West Fan Who Was LET DOWN!!! September 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
First off let me say that I'm a HUGE Kanye West fan! Being from Chicago yet away from home, in the Air Force, Kanye's music has been the pictures from home I need when I'm away! Now after all of that I have 2 say I'm really disapointed in what I heard when I opened up that creative little package the CD comes in! After Late Registration came out a lot of mainstream media publications complained that the skits were unfunny and annoying. It seems that with Graduation Kanye did something I wouldn't expect him to do, he caved in to critics! There are NO skits on Graduation. What he didn't realize was those "annoying" skits upheld the theme of the album. I was SO LET DOWN when I started 2 play my Graduation CD for the first time and did not hear Chicago comedian Dee-Ray's Bernie mac impression either bashing Kanye for his poor performance doing his school years or congratulating him for graduating. From that point on there is NO CONNECTION to the first two albums as the title suggest and for a huge fan of those CDs like myself that was something that was hard to get past. Kanye seems to spend a lot of the album answering to critics about past statements he made or past outfits he's worn! Where's the guy who doesn't give a damn what ANYONE thinks and goes with what he feels??? I support that guy! All and all the songs on this CD are very good and MUCH better than anything that's out now! You have to admire someone who's made it without constantly harping on guns, drugs, the club and stealing someone's girl. But I bought into the hype and RAN out and bought the CD as soon as possible so Kanye's 1st week sells would beat 50's "and they DID! YES, HIP HOP IS NOT DEAD!" and I argued with friends who thought about downloading this CD. But in the end as good as this music is and it IS A REALLY GOOD CD, it was not what I was waiting for and I was left hoping for more.
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Published 3 days ago by vietbudda27
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
This album is so sick. I absolutely hate everything Kayne West. BUT this album is so sick. Brings me way back, used to bump it all the time. So much talent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonny
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
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Published 2 months ago by natascha vickers
4.0 out of 5 stars Nu uh, you can't tell me nothin.
There're some good songs on here. I like "You can't tell me nothin." Flashing Lights is a great song. I love this CD.
Published 2 months ago by Sara Broughman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome get up and go song!
What a great song. Makes me smile every time I hear it. And of course what better way to start your day off than to listen to this song!
Published 3 months ago by Anne-Marie Weeks
4.0 out of 5 stars Still bumping to these beats
Although I hold mixed feelings about the Kanye records that came afterward, this CD was among his best. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hmph
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Love this album so much. Kanye is a genius in his own right just wish his newer work would embody some of his earlier music like this one and Late Registration.
Published 3 months ago by Michael M. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
All time best Kanye West cd it's a classic this is a must buy for rap fans. Came in time great music
Published 3 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied customer
Was in perfect condition! bought this as a gift for my best friend and he LOVED it. Still listens to it in his car and that was a year ago.
Published 4 months ago by Nyasia Sylvester
5.0 out of 5 stars Graduation
It has a few of my fav songs from kanye. the album has good upbeat music and some really mellow beats.
Published 4 months ago by Juan
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50 Cent is a clown, Kanye West disappoints.
u crazy kanye west cd is fire
Sep 20, 2007 by j l |  See all 6 posts
Top 3 Graduation Songs
How can all of you guys leave out The Glory, the beat as well as the flow is sick.
*I'm pop, the Barkers
I'm hood, the Parkers
While y'all was in limbo
I raised the bar up*

Straight heat
Sep 7, 2007 by Andrew Sanchez |  See all 35 posts
Kanye VS 50 Cent(Curtis) Lets GO
Comical gansta talk aside id have to say Kanye Wests album is better of the 2. ofcourse there aint much competition considering 50 cent is a drooling from the mouth moron!
Sep 4, 2007 by Amazon Customer |  See all 39 posts
Bout time he made a new album
i would have to say that i think that his new singles are weaker than anything on late registration and 90 percent of the stuff on the college dropout, especially in a lyrical sense
Jul 26, 2007 by Bennet |  See all 10 posts
R.I.P. Kanye's Mom
Kanye West issues a statement about his mother's passing at --

http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.5955/title.update-kanye-west-issues-statement-about-mother
Nov 14, 2007 by J. Ryce |  See all 4 posts
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