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College Dropout [Explicit Lyrics]

Kanye West Audio CD
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1. Intro
2. We Don't 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. School Spirit Skit 2
16. Two Words
17. Through The Wire
18. Family Business
19. Last Call
20. Family Business - Kanye West

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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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West,Kanye ~ College Drop Out

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5.0 out of 5 stars Album Is Fantastic, Came Fast In Working Order Dec 4 2012
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Not a whole lot to write, it's what you expect, Kanye's fantastic debut album on vinyl. The cover art looks great, it shipped fast and made it to me in one piece with no dents or scratches.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "College Dropout" Review June 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
After earning a pretty strong following with his production work for such artists as Jay-Z, Scarface, and countless others, Kanye West is finally ready to drop a solo album as an artist. Much like 50 Cent did prior to him, Kanye has taken a tragic incident in his life (i.e. his nearly fatal car accident in 2003) and used it to positon himself on the pop charts. With the diary-like "Through The Wire", Kanye created a successful street single that helped garner strong hype for his upcoming album. Having the already-hot Twista-guested "Slow Jamz" with ol' boy Jamie Foxx on the hook, Kanye already had two hot songs in heavy radio rotation before the album's street date. The big question, however, was did the rest of the album measure up to the expectations set by the first two songs that had dropped?
"College Dropout" is nothing to sleep on as far as production is concerned. Starting with "We Don't Care" which boats the all-too-familiar "kids singing rap hooks" chorus, Kanye attempts to flood his listeners with some laid-back music. His ode to the 9-to-5 crowd, "Spaceship" and the powerful religion-based "Jesus Walks" are both effective anthems in their own rights. "Family Business" is another personal record where West takes a trip down memory lane with a nice mixture of heartfelt lyrics and soulful production.
As good as some of the records on "Dropout" are, the LP drags in so many areas that it's almost a shame. Lyrically, Kanye is decent with his but after a few listens, a lot of his flows become less witty and start to just plain seem tired. His somewhat parody-like use of the popular St. Louis slang on "All Falls Down" just doesn't work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something Fresh: Like no Other May 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Kanye West is one of the freshest, most innovative artists to hit the stage recently. I got tired of hearing Hip-Hop that sounded just like everything else but Kanye takes it to another level.
WE DON'T CARE- First song that has the sing-along chorus to it. This cut talks about doing what it takes to get by and the obstacles that come from living that lifetime but at the same time overcoming that. Song is encouraging and jus is hot. It is laidback, and something to listen to for sho. Miri Ben-Ari who appears on Twista's project and Patti LaBelle's latest TIMELESS
JOURNEY adds the violin to this track. A
ALL FALLS DOWN- Current Spring single off the project. Syleena Johnson appears on this track which is like a Hip-Hop ballad or slow jam. The song is talking about things that fall down in life. It gets you thinking about stuff if you listen to the lyrics and Syleena sounds better than she ever has adding her vocals to the chorus and riffing all over the place. A
I'LL FLY AWAY- Little interlude with the Gospel song about flying away.
SPACESHIP- Old-school cut that features GLC and Consequences. It contains elements from Marvin Gaye's DISTANT LOVE song and is just a song you gotta listen to to take your interpretation from. It is something to definitely think about kinda talking about working hard but getting no where but wanting to take the space ship somewhere else. The song is hot and creative. A
JESUS WALKS- This is what I am talking about. The song kinda has the Army or War vibe to it as well as the religious with the background vocals and the low hum that continues throughout. It is hot hearing Kanye come at us with a Gospel track. It is refreshing and tells the truth about radio supporting the cut or not just because Jesus is mentioned.
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By K. Goad
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOLID!
Kayne is one of the best MC's ever.I couldn't beleve it when i heard this album.He was so tight and flawless with his delivery.Best Song "Never Let Me Down".
Published on Oct. 3 2005 by Hip-Hop Head
4.0 out of 5 stars great album
well this album is just amazing It has the 4 singles slow jams, through the wire, jesus walks and all falls down. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2005 by ,gangstar
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
This album was good, but it could have been amazing. The beats are hot, and so are MOST of the lyrics. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2004 by Nasud
5.0 out of 5 stars Kanye To Tha....
This album is without a doubt one of the best of the year...if not that, one of the best ever. Kanye West is an amazing producer, but this was known before his solo album ( IZZO,... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2004 by SPARXFLi
5.0 out of 5 stars Kanye West, King Of Rap
If you don't own this album you should be shot. (Period)!!!!
Published on Sept. 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars KANYE WILL BECOME a 5 STAR HIT!
and i'll do anything to make kanye a 5 star hit.
Published on Aug. 11 2004 by "ian_maningas"
5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, the best Rocafella cd since Jay's Reasonable Doubt
Kanye's College Dropout is hands down the best album of the year. His beats are fantastic and so uplifting, and don't be fooled by his so called signature high-pitched soul feel... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2004 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars the beginning of a new era.
Simply incredible...out of 26 cds in my music collection this album is amazing. Great lyrics, beats, instrumentals and featured artists. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2004 by "ian_maningas"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Of The Year
This album is insane top to bottom.
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic...
This album is awesome! Every song is an excellent listen. The samples are used beautifully, his lyrics are insrpirational, and in the future, people are gonna look back at this and... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by musicfan
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