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WEST KANYE THE COLLEGE DROPOUT
This debut from the most sought-after hip-hop producer not named Pharrell delivers the unthinkable: West magically sledgehammers home his opinions on taboo topics over beats that are equally daring. The envelope-ripping beats shouldn't come as a surprise given that he's supplied the soundscapes to monster singles by everyone from Alicia Keys ("You Don't Know My Name") to Talib Kweli ("Get By"). What is freakish is that in West's world, rhymes about strippers, God, college life, and guns can co-exist tidily and not undermine each other. On "Breathe In Breathe Out" he raps "I gotta apologize to Mos and Kweli/is it cool to rap about gold if I told the world I copped it from Ghana and Mali"--tongue firmly planted in cheek. On the catchy "Through the Wire," fuelled by a Chaka Khan hook, he spits some impeccable rhymes despite his jaw being wired shut after a near-fatal car accident. Maybe it was this brush with mortality that kicked his lyrics into high gear on "All Falls Down." The skits on here are just as potent, one poking fun at the overeducated underclass that makes a small fraction of the loot he does. With jaw-dropping cameos from Jay-Z, Common, Mos Def, and the Harlem Boys Choir plus the feel-good club tune of the year, "Slow Jamz" featuring Twista, College Dropout is as explosive, contradictory, and complex as rap music gets. --Dalton Higgins
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Intro - The album starts off with a funny intro from Kanye's friend Deray who sounds very similiar to Bernie Mac.
We Don't Care - The beat and the chorus are addictive. Kanye's subject matter on this track is uplifting for black people. This is the kind of stuff kids should listen to instead of G-Unit.
Graduation Day - Another funny skit
All Falls Down - A great track featuring Syleena Johnson on the chorus. On this track Kanye talks about people who are self-conscious. I can feel Kanye on this song where he talks about how we blacks buy lots of clothes at high prices that we don't really need and that's one of the reasons why we end up broke so often.
I'll Fly Away - Pointless
Spaceship - Addictive track featuring GLC and Consequence. This is one of the songs on the album I can see myself still listening to 6 months from now.
Jesus Walks - This track has some of Kanye's best subject matter on the whole album. Very few mcs are willing to rap about Jesus on a song and plus Kanye plans to make this track his 3rd single and video.
Never Let Me Down - This is my 2nd favorite song on the entire album. The production is great. Jay-Z starts the track off with a fiery verse and then Kanye gets more introspective on his. This is quite possibly the best verse Kanye has ever wrote. J. Ivy delivers spoken word and then Jay-Z adds a freestyle to the end of the song as a bonus for those who bought the REAL album and not the internet nerds who downloaded it.
Get 'Em High - This track features one of my favorite mcs Common. Kanye carries on a conversation with a girl through his verse and Kweli spits over the phone. Common's verse is the real gem here though. Newjacks should pay close attention to this verse.
Workout Plan - weak skit
New Workout Plan - This song was okay when I first heard it but now the beat annoys me a lot. Kanye has a good theme about goldiggers on this song but I find myself skipping this song lately.
Slow Jams - A great single. You've all heard it by now.
Breathe in Breathe Out - This is the other weak song on the album. It would have been much better if Ludacris would have had a verse.
School Spirit (skit) - zzzz
School Spirit - This song is okay but nothing special
Lil' Jimmy Skit - Kanye seems to have a lot of hatred for college. You'll see while listening to this skit.
Two Words - Another of my favorite songs on the disc. Even though I heard this song over a year ago, it's still fresh to me and Mos Def's verse is pure fire. While Kanye's is decent and Freeway's is too short. Miri Ben Ari does a good job on the violins at the end of this track too.
Through the Wire - We've all heard it now, good track.
Family Business - Kanye talks about his family life. I'm feeling this one.
Last Call - This song has the best beat on the entire cd. Kanye spits 2 short verses and then proceeds to explain how he got his deal on Rocafella.
Overall this is a pretty good album. From some of the reviews I've read around here though it seems that you people throw around the word "classic" way too much. The reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of Kanye's flow. Kanye's lyrics are pretty clever and he has great subject matter but the problem is the way he delivers it. Sometimes his rhymes come out corny and blunt. The other thing is that this album doesn't seem to have the longevity of a classic LP. I listened to it for about 3 weeks straight after I bought it but now I find myself hardly putting it in my stereo. It's a breath of fresh air to hip-hop as whole (only nerds constantly compare mainstream/underground). But it is by no means a classic.
There are a few clunkers here and there, but most of the songs have at least a few good things going for them, and the album as a whole is just plain entertaining, not quite as much on the pure musical level of more dedicated emcees, but as an auditory experience. Even a track like "The New Workout Plan" which has almost nothing going for it on paper manages to be mostly listenable thanks to the bells and whistles. A bit gimmicky maybe, but there are a lot of different ways to enjoy music. The other singles are all consistently fun, with "Jesus Walks" being one of the few songs by any artist to consistently give me chills and "Through the Wire" being at the least an interesting experiment, and a successful one at that. Most of the songs that aren't singles could pass for such, and while it's my standard practice to enjoy music by listening to whole albums through, The College Dropout is definitely one of the most iPodable I've heard. The anti-education stance a lot of the lyrics take is frankly bewildering, but for the most part I'm sold on an artist I've been quietly admiring from afar for a few years now.