The College Dropout
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The College Dropout

February 10, 2004

  Song Title
Intro (Explicit)
We Don't Care (Explicit)
Graduation Day (Explicit)
All Falls Down (Explicit) [feat. Syleena Johnson]
I'll Fly Away (Explicit)
Spaceship (Explicit) [feat. GLC, Consequence]
Jesus Walks [Explicit]
Never Let Me Down (Explicit) [feat. JAY-Z, J. Ivy]
Get Em High (Explicit) [feat. Talib Kweli, Common]
Workout Plan (Explicit)
The New Workout Plan (Explicit)
Slow Jamz (Explicit)
Breathe In Breathe Out (Explicit) [feat. Ludacris]
School Spirit Skit 1 (Explicit)
School Spirit
School Spirit Skit 2 (Explicit)
Lil Jimmy Skit (Explicit)
Two Words (Explicit) [feat. Mos Def, Freeway, The Boys Choir Of Harlem]
Through The Wire (Explicit)
Family Business (Explicit)
Last Call (Explicit)

Product Details

  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
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  • Total Length: 1:16:18
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  • ASIN: B000VZP9G4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (965 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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153 of 168 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Tragedy to Triumph" (4.5 Stars) March 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
An artist with actual talent and substance... from Rocafella Records?!!
Yes, I find it hard to accept too, but after listening to Kanye West's long over-due debut album, "The College Dropout", my doubtful assumptions have been put to a halt... at least in this situation. Kanye West, producer turned rapper, is perhaps one of the "better" new artists out right now. Why? It's because he's different. As a matter of fact, "innovative" would be a better word to describe the fresh sounding material Kanye brings to the hip-hop scene. His perfected skill in "sampling" is beyond exceptional, ranging from modern contemporary sounding hip-hop to old school R&B soul. Unlike other artists, like his label mates, The Diplomats, who just speed up any random song that is catchy, Kanye, builds on the sampled track, emphasizing and strengthening them.
One of the many exceptional tracks on this album is "Slow Jamz". Although, if I were to be extremely picky, I would point out the fact that a collaboration between Kanye, Twista, and Jamie Foxx seems to be... abnormal & weird. Nonetheless, the song is addictive and samples Luther Vandross' "A House Is Not a Home". Another good track is "Spaceship" which samples the late Marvin Gaye's "Distant lover." It's a song about the hardships throughout life and the yearning of freedom. "Through The Wire" samples Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire", and is mainly about life after Kanye's near-fatal car accident. "Jesus Walks" & "Two Words" have addictive beats, while the warmth in "Family Business" will most likely put a smile on your face. "Last Call" provides a very introspective perspective on how Kanye West got signed to the label.
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140 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Words, Kanye West, Hot S*** March 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I first saw the name Kanye West it was when I realized that he was the one that produced Beanie Sigel's "The Truth", which was a song from Beanie Sigel's solo CD. I would see Kanye West's name once again on Jay Z's "Dynasty: Roc La Familia" CD. Kanye produced a nice collaboration with Jay Z, Scarface and Beanie Sigel called "This Can't Be Life". He used an old Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes song and all three rappers had nice verses on the song. Other well known Kanye produced beats are also "Get By" by Talib Kweli, "Takeover" by Jay Z and "Guess Who's Back" which is another collaboration with Jay Z, Scarface and Beanie Sigel. The first time I heard Kanye West rap was on "Champions" featuring Young Chris, Beanie Sigel, Cam'ron & Twista from the Paid In Full soundtrack. I wasn't sure if Kanye would release a CD but by the sounds of his debut CD, we definitely have a classic on our hands.
His first single, "Through The Wire" sampled the old Chaka Khan slow jam, "Through The Fire". Kanye detailed the near fatal car accident that he was in and he basically did the whole rap, "through the wire". "Slow Jamz" is an interesting collaboration between Kanye, Twista and Jamie Foxx. Twista clearly steals the show but Kanye produces the track and he also has a nice verse on the song as well. His current single, "All Falls Down" samples a song from Lauryn Hill's MTV Unplugged CD. Lauryn wouldn't clear her vocals on the song so Kanye had Syleena Johnson sing the chorus. Kanye has a clever way of rapping. He likes to use metaphors, sometimes humorous, and you can tell that he is intelligent by the words that he says in some of his verses.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to become a True Classic February 25, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
When I first listened to the album I didnt recognize the true talent that Kanye West had. Speakerboxxx/Love Below was a great vacation from normal hip hop but Kanye West has managed to help to bring Hip Hop back into the music scene. His gift with old tracks and samples helps him to create instant hits. With perhaps maybe too many skits (about 4) in the album, the flow is slowed down (as we can instantly see that Kanye West is not a lover of College.
Rating of Songs:
Intro- Little Scene with Cedric the Entertainer, FUNNY, great start
We Don't Dare- Addictive Beat, nice background vocals. Solid Start tothe album 4/5 stars
All Falls Down- Destined to be a radio hit, great background vocals 5/5
I'll Fly Away- Short song with gospel influences 3/5
Jesus Walks- Good track, thought provoking lyrics 4/5
Never Let me Down- Jay-Z comes out to help his superstar producer, result is solid hit also 5/5
Get em High - One of the less themed songs of the album; catchy though 4/5
Workout Plan- EXTREMELY FUNNY! Great intro to "The New Workout Plan" 5/5
School Spirit- An ok track. Not one of my favorites but still enjoyable 3.5/5
The New Workout Plan- I HOPE he makes this one a video. Destined to be remembered 5/5
Spaceship- The BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM. My favorite with smooth beats, interesting lyrics and just extremely done well 10/5!!!!
Family Business- A softer side of Kanye 4/5
Definitely cop this CD, never a waste of money
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The College Dropout February 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Kanye West's debut album is, in one word, refreshing. In a day and age where Nick Cannon and 50 Cent rule the radiowaves, Kanye West provides a smart, witty and touching album that enlightens the mind and soothes the soul.
Being a member of the Roc-a-fella camp, one would think that Kanye would be quick to jump aboard the bling band-wagon. While he devotes a song or two to his love of money, he also offers insight into other matters in his life (school, family, God, and his near-fatal car crash experience). On 'Last Call' (the album's twelve minute finale), Kanye talks to his audience, as opposed to MC'ing. Over a beautiful saxophone sample, Kanye describes his slow rise to fame, and the prices he paid to get there.
The album is intresting, with Kanye sampling Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross to name a few. His beats have an old-school feel to them, re-touched with a new school flavour. Kanye's MC'ing skills are not as dynamic as his production, but are strong nonetheless. His flow proves that he can ride a beat with words, and his lyrics show how introspective the man can be. On 'Jesus Walks', Kanye rhymes "I ain't here to argue about his facial features/or here to create atheists into believers/I'm just tryin' to say the way school needs teachers/the way Kathie-Lee needed Regis/that's the way I need Jesus".
Like all modern records, this album is not without a few flaws. There are an abundance of skits on the album, which leaves the listener craving for more Kanye. While they are thought-provoking and funny, they simply cannot compare to the quality of his music. The album starts out strong, but he stumbles on 'The New Workout Plan' and 'Breathe In, Breathe Out' featuring Ludacris. He recovers nicely.
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