|1. We Don't Care|
|2. Graduation Day|
|3. All Falls Down|
|5. Jesus Walks|
|6. Slow Jamz|
|7. Breathe In Breathe Out|
|8. School Spirit|
|9. Two Words|
|10. Never Let Me Down|
|11. Get Em High|
|12. The New Workout Plan|
|13. Through The Wire|
|14. Family Business|
|15. Last Call|
"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.