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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).Read more ›
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!
And then the best songs of Late Registration were just as good or not better. Where have you heard a better beat than "Heard 'Em Say," "Touch the Sky" or "Gone"?
And then he produced this...I can't believe the general consensus is that these beats are good. These beats, for the most part, suck! I seem to be the only person who thinks the "Stronger" Daft Punk sample just doesn't work. I don't like "Champion"s beat, "I Wonder" at least has a good sample, but then the flow sucks. "Barry Bonds" and "Drunk and Hot Girls" are two of the worst songs I've ever heard! Kanye shouldn't apologize to Mos Def for "Breathe in, Breathe Out" he should apologize for putting him on this crappy song.
The album's not THAT bad, I guess. I like "Good Morning" a lot, "Homecoming" is pretty good, "Can't Tell Me Nothing" is okay, despite how "stupidly" he comes up with lyrics for it, "Flashing Lights" isn't terrible even though the beat kind of annoys me. I can't remember the name but I also like the song that rehashes "School Spirit" (the chorus goes "I'm a get on this TV, mama..."). And I also like the rap on "Stronger" despite it's weak beat.
The beats are just weird on this album.Read more ›
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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*
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 --
Nov 14, 2007 by J. Ryce | See all 4 posts
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