Five years ago, I thought I had heard the epitome of hip-hop with Eminem's "Slim Shady LP". A few years later, Ludacris came up with a few beautiful singles. And then there was Kanye.
When I first heard his debut single, "Through the Wire" I admit I wasn't very impressed (probably because I didn't know he had gotten in a wreck and had his jaw wired shut and was rapping with it still wired, so I didn't understand). When I heard Slo Jamz I realized there must be more to him. By the time "All Falls Down" came out on the radio, I had to get his CD.
College Dropout is my most favorite CD in a very long time. Kanye's beats are incredible and I wasn't suprised to learn that he had supplied Jay-Z and a few other well-known artists with their instrumentals. There is not a song on the CD I do not like. Kanye not only suprised Jay-Z and the Rocafella "familia" with his white-hot rhymes but suprised America too. Every song IS going to make you bob your head, and a few such as "Jesus Walks", "The New Workout Plan", and "Get 'em High" will have you rapping along with him and crip walking, working out, and throwing your hands up high.
Parents might be disuaded by the fact that he--instead of encouraging education--tells America that he succeeded brilliantly without the aid of a college education. Remember kids, unless you can make beats and rap like Kanye West, STAY IN SCHOOL.