ARTIST: Kanye West
TITLE: The College Dropout
YEAR RELEASED: 2004
CHART ACTION:#2 US, #1 R&B, #5 Rap, #12 UK
SINGLES: Through the Wire (#15 US, #8 R&B, #4 Rap, #9 UK), Slow Jamz (#1 US, #1 R&B, #1 Rap, #3 UK), All Falls Down (#7 US, #4 R&B, #2 Rap, #10 UK), Jesus Walks (#11 US, #2 R&B, #3 Rap, #16 UK), The New Workout Plan (#59 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: You may have his, so yeah.
LINEUP: Kanye West and a plethora of guest artists and samples
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Kanye moves from producer to rapper and proves the haters wrong.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Kanye West became known as a producer but wanted to perform his own rhymes. He had trouble getting people to listen to him but his persistence and his talent as a producer finally won him a contract, and he proved his talent in all fields.
The production and beats are great all throughout. What surprised the public was Kanye’s rhymes and raps – and some industry people too were taken by surprise. It took a few years for Kanye to assemble the production, and then he meticulously tinkered and refined the record until he finally released it.
The only problem I have are the skits. The skits take the flow away from the album and diminish the power of the tracks. Also, the monologue after the last proper cut regarding his path to the release of this record is nice to hear once, but tedious upon repeat listening.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This album was nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, giving Kanye the recognition that was due.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: The production is tremendous, the raps and rhymes and beats are great. The skits, though…sigh.