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College Dropout

Kanye West Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roc-a-Fella
  • ASIN: B0001AP12G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. We Dont Care
3. Graduation Day
4. All Falls Down
5. I'll Fly Away
6. Spaceship feat. GLC & Consequence
7. Jesus Walks
8. Never Let Me Down feat. Jay-Z
9. Get Em High feat. Talib Kweli
10. Workout Plan
11. The New Workout Plan
12. Slow Jamz feat. Twista & Jamie Foxx
13. School Spirit feat. Ludacris
14. Breathe In Breathe Out
15. Lil Jimmy Skit feat. Mos Def, Freeway & The Boys Choir Of Harlem
16. Two Words
17. Through The Wire
18. Family Business
19. Last Call

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College Drop Out, the 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 coexist tidily and not undermine each other. On "Breathe in Breathe Out" he raps "I gotta apologise 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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West,Kanye ~ College Drop Out

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars College Dropouts everywhere unite! 12 Feb 2004
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Format:Audio CD
He may be a new name to those of us sitting on rap’s periphery but Kanye West has been an influential player in the rap game since co-producing on Mase’s “Harlem World” project in 1997. Prior to his latest release “College Dropout”, Kanye West has had his feet placed firmly behind the production board, working with artist such as Beanie Siegal, Scarface, Talib Kweli and Jay-Z producing the hits “Izzo (H.O.V.A), “Girls Girls Girls”, “The Takeover” and “03 Bonnie & Clyde”. Most recently he worked his magic on Alicia Keys’ hit single “You Don’t Know My Name”.
Kayne West not only produces, writes and performs his own music and lyrics, but presents himself as a thoroughly well rounded artist with a purpose and musical vision all his own.
“College Dropout” is not a statement against the merits of education but more testimony to free-thinking and living life according to your own values and principals. The album is a literal manifestation of this dogma, challenging the typical rap album formula.
The album is lyrically and musically diverse, guest appearances span from Talib Kweli to Ludacris. What stands out the most is Kanye’s integrity, this is an honest offering but don’t think it’s content is heavy and cryptic, it is exactly the opposite: amusingly witty and direct, cementing his status as a modern day poet.
“School Spirit” which is likely to become every college drop out’s new anthem begins with “Told ‘em I finished school and I started my own business/ They said ‘oh you graduated?’ Naw I decided I was finished/ Chasing y’all dreams and what you got planned/ Now I spit so hot you got tanned”.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightens the mind and soothes the soul. 3 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who need a little background information, let me introduce you to Kanye West. Kanye West is best known as a hip-hop producer. One of his biggest hits was Jay-Z's "Izzo." Kanye continued to produce hits for the Roc-A-Fella camp and in 2002 it was announced that Kanye had signed a deal with the Roc as an artist--which was surprising to some because most didn't even know that Kanye could flow. Shortly after his deal was announced, Kanye was involved in a near fatal car accident in California. On the album, Kanye even acknowledges that the accident raised his buzz factor and interest in his project.
Fast forward to fall of 2003. Kanye had four hits on the radio. He produced the hit "Stand Up" for Ludacris, Alicia Keys hit, "You Don't Know My Name," and Twista's "Slow Jamz." Not to mention, Kanye's own single, the autobiographical "Through The Wire," was blazing airwaves from coast to coast.
The album is hot. Track to track, cover to cover, this album is quite possibly the best hip-hop debut album of the decade and it is already being considered a classic like, Nas' Illmatic.
Dropping out of college is the theme of the album and most of the albums skits. Kanye is one college drop out who definitely made good. The album is so fire, it almost makes you wonder why they decided to drop "Through The Wire," as the first single. Although this is a good song, the subject matter was confusing to those who didn't know about the accident and there are several much better songs on the album.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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It wasn't with much anticipation that I awaited Kanye West's debut 'College dropout'. Producer's turned rappers are generally better of sticking to the studio work, and I expected West to be the same. I was already a fan of his production work though, after first coming into contact with it on Jay-Z's last great album, 'The Blueprint'.
I delayed buying this album for as long as I could, but the catchiness of the lead single 'Through the wire' caught me off gaurd and I invested in the LP, finding that it was pleasantly suprising. Kanye manages to stand up as a good rapper, despite some clumsy delivery and cheesiness. He has a good level of microphone presence and good will and charisma ooze from his lyrics, a u-turn from the thugged-out gangsta posing of 50 cent and his contemparies. Kanye flips these topics, bringing social issues such as religion and poverty to the forefront without the contradictory elements that 2pac embodied, or the gun endorsement which most other rappers swear by. Kanye West is not the first hip-hop artist to make political statements within his music, and is not the best at doing so, but it's credible that he will be the man to do so with the most effect upon the mainstream market.
The guest spots on the album are meticulously placed. Talib Kweli, Common and Twista all shine, but the real guest stars are Jay-Z and Mos Def who demolish the tracks they are featured on. It can only be positive that Kanye West is showcasing artists not familar with the mainstream such as Mos Def, Kweli and Common with histories of high-level social insight in their recordings. The production is top notch throughout, as expected by Rocafella's premier beatmaker.
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Published 1 month ago by MISS N T PILISO
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still one of my favourite Kanye albums! Having it on vinyl just makes it 10x better.
Published 1 month ago by vogue_bunni
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Great debut.
Published 2 months ago by Loz Chinery
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Album
This is Kanye West at his best. There are a number of very good songs on this album. This is well worth buying.
Published 6 months ago by Robert Pask
5.0 out of 5 stars So Happy
Thank you very much, this is in great condition and you can barely tell it is used. Plays and looks great.
Published 7 months ago by Lord Luke Hussey
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
I had this CD when it orginally came out but damaged it so bought this a replacement. CD is full of great tracks, arrived quickly and in fine condition.
Published 7 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars then it went all down hill
This the best album he's ever done. Now before you note my head off, I like his music his skill with beats are up there with Dilla. Read more
Published 9 months ago by PRIMAL LOGIC88
3.0 out of 5 stars College Cop-out
I happily expected this record to be one of the best in my collection, and the album itself has always been one of my favourite hip hop albums. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album by Kayne West
Love all of the songs in this album.
This is the good old Kanye, wish he was still like this...
Published 14 months ago by P. Joshi
1.0 out of 5 stars Scratched on arrival
Side B of the second LP was scratched on arrival, I didn't bother returning it because others have had similar problems.
Published 17 months ago by John White
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