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  • LP Record (Feb. 24 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Def Jam - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B0001AP13A
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 654 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. We Don't Care
2. Graduation Day
3. All Falls Down
4. Spaceship
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

Product Description

Product Description

Jawdropping 2004 album from longtime Jay-Z producer! Cameos by Common ; Ludacris ; Mos Def and many more. Winner of the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Format: Audio CD
Kanye West's debut album is, in one word, refreshing. In a day and age where Nick Cannon and 50 Cent rule the radiowaves, Kanye West provides a smart, witty and touching album that enlightens the mind and soothes the soul.
Being a member of the Roc-a-fella camp, one would think that Kanye would be quick to jump aboard the bling band-wagon. While he devotes a song or two to his love of money, he also offers insight into other matters in his life (school, family, God, and his near-fatal car crash experience). On 'Last Call' (the album's twelve minute finale), Kanye talks to his audience, as opposed to MC'ing. Over a beautiful saxophone sample, Kanye describes his slow rise to fame, and the prices he paid to get there.
The album is intresting, with Kanye sampling Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross to name a few. His beats have an old-school feel to them, re-touched with a new school flavour. 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. On 'Jesus Walks', Kanye rhymes "I ain't here to argue about his facial features/or here to create atheists into believers/I'm just tryin' to say the way school needs teachers/the way Kathie-Lee needed Regis/that's the way I need Jesus".
Like all modern records, this album is not without a few flaws. There are an abundance of skits on the album, which leaves the listener craving for more Kanye. While they are thought-provoking and funny, they simply cannot compare to the quality of his music. The album starts out strong, but he stumbles on 'The New Workout Plan' and 'Breathe In, Breathe Out' featuring Ludacris. He recovers nicely.
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Format: Audio CD
The first great album of 2000 anything. Kanye has put together a masterpiece that should be studied for future generations. He has masterfully blended soulful beats with thoughtful rhymes. Kanye has made a wise decision to stay away from cookie-cutter MTV, 106th & Park brainless type of hip hop. I will not pick any stand out tracks, everything here is equally bangin'. Although I will say I was kind of wishin' to hear Common and Jigga on a track together but I still can't complain. Now everyone has had something to say about his rhyme skills. Let me just say this, Kanye's style is that he has no style. His subject matter is enough to keep you listening for more. Put it this way, on the wonderful song "Never Let Me Down" feat Jigga, Kanye actully steals the show. By the end of this year every other song on the radio will sound like a Kanye ripoff. Funny for a guy who is a "College Dropout", he is about to take a whole new generation of producers/ MC's to school. -18651
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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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Format: Audio CD
Kanye West has been lingering in the depth and darkness of the ROC production team for a few years now, but it seems that the minute he took to the mic, we now cannot get rid of him, as he is popping up everywhere doing tunes with such acts as the Dilated Peoples and even Brand. Slow Jamz was intresting, but my GOD he should not have released that as it does not truely show the amazing potential that this album has. It is well constructed and produced, and it makes a difference that a rapper who has his foot firmly in the door of commercial hip-hop, has decided to make an album that brings some different issues to the game other than just rapping about money, bitches, gunz and death. I actually find it hard to critisise this album, all I would say is that it is a lighter album that you would not be able to compare to say an Straight Outta Compton by NWA. If you do not buy this album you are missing out, because Kanye West has not released his best tracks off of the album trust me!!! BUY IT NOW, DONT JUST SIT THERE, GO NOW!!!!
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