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The College Dropout

Kanye West

2004

The College Dropout

Album Summary

The College Dropout is the debut studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released on February 10, 2004, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. In the years leading up to release, West had received praise for his production work for rappers such as Jay-Z and Talib Kweli, but faced difficulty being accepted as an artist in his own right by figures in the music industry. Intent on pursuing a solo career, he signed a record deal with Roc-A-Fella and recorded the album over a period of four years, beginning in 1999. The production of The College Dropout was primarily handled by West and showcased his "chipmunk soul" musical style, which made use of sped-up, pitch shifted vocal samples from soul and R&B records, in addition to West's own drum programming, string accompaniments, and gospel choirs; the album also features contributions from Jay-Z, Mos Def, Jamie Foxx, Syleena Johnson, and Ludacris, among others. Diverging from the then-dominant gangster persona in hip hop, West's lyrics concern themes of family, self-consciousness, materialism, religion, racism, and higher education. The College Dropout debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 441,000 copies in its first week of sales. It was a large-scale commercial success, becoming West's best-selling album in the United States, with domestic sales of over 3.4 million copies by 2014 and was certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2020. The album was promoted with singles such as "Through the Wire", "Jesus Walks", "All Falls Down", and "Slow Jamz", the latter two of which peaked within the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. A widespread critical success, The College Dropout was praised for West's production, humorous and emotional raps, and the music's balance of self-examination and mainstream sensibilities. The album earned the rapper several accolades, including nominations for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album at the 2005 Grammy Awards, winning for the latter. It has since been named by numerous publications as one of the greatest albums of all time, including Rolling Stone and NME, who ranked it at 74 and 273 respectively on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time lists, and is credited for popularizing the chipmunk soul and conscious rap subgenres in the 2000s.

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Rating

3.58

Votes

5050

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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5

Excellent album.... yeezy at his best. It was all down hill from here!

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5

I had never listened to a Kanye West album before. I really only knew him as the egotistical buffoon who married a Kardashian. I never saw the appeal. But I get it now. This is a fantastic album. I still don't like Kanye as a person, but I can't deny his talent.

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At the time of The College Dropout's release, every pop rap record consisted of bad gangsters rapping about the difficulties of growing up in Detroit, robbing stores and spraying your rivals with a glock. Kanye changed this with humorous, touching lyrics, extremely rhythmic optimism, fire beats, and a touching and honest view of his own faith and failures. He inspired a generation of rappers to express themselves more genuinely and explore more alternative forms of hiphop, and it's something I still greatly admire him for. An easy 5/5.

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I never understood the hype about him. I think I get it now.

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Lots of big names but not much impressive stuff. Not sure why this is considered great. It hits lots of topics and is generally inoffensive I guess. Maybe it was more meaningful in its time.

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5

Kanye West: The College Dropout: 8/10 Love the upfront and direct production style. Kanye’s bars are spot on, and the various features actually blend well with the album. Good mix of catchy more mainstream songs and deeper more contemplative tracks as well. All the beats slap too. Jesus Walks hits different with that backup choir👌🏽 Slow Jamz is a bop with that sweet R&B groove. Kanye kinda be spittin fax in School Spirit. The skits are hilarious too😂 The only negative I can find is that the album is a little longer then it needs to be.

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5

One of his best albums, so different in themes and production where Kanye started to develop his style.

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5

Phenomenal album. Great production and cohesive album. A debut album with a mix of both production and rapping from Kanye West. The start of Kanye's eponymous soul/vocal pitching for beats and background vocals rather than contrived and often boring hard hitting drums and bass that plagued early 90s/00s hip hop.

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5

Probably a be of the best debut albums of all time. Besides the skits there isn’t a bad song on here. A much more humbler time in Kanye’s career. Also one of my top 3 Kanye albums depending on my mood. Could listen to this daily it’s stellar, exciting, fun, rhythmic. It’s just that good. 9.3/10 without skits. 8.7/10 with skits.

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5

This album is certainly an influential "classic". Pre-fame/early Kanye was able to be poignant and a little poppy without all the pretentiousness that muddies his later works. You can tell that this is someone with a unique voice and playful sensibilities, while also being eager/hungry, earnest, and appreciative.

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5

Phenomenal record. I just wish the man himself was as quality a person as this music is.

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5

The man's a genius. Probably a bell end too. The mix of styles here is breathtaking. Pop hits, Street anthems and vulnerable moments all mixed with humor and a good range of subject matter. Its one of the best hip hop albums of all time. 5/5

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5

Kanye at his best.. thoughtful lyrics, tight rhymes and spotless beats/samples. Hard to believe his level of awareness and introspection at this time. You can feel a sense of relief and appreciation for those that contributed to him getting a shot. Love the skits, interviews and features which add to the already monster production value. All falls down, spaceship, never let me down, through the wire

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Younger listeners may not recall a time when Kanye West was a major tastemaker in hip hop, but this album made waves when it was released. And it wasn’t just the incredible beats-from wrestling with religion in Jesus Walks to the sardonic School Spirit, Kanye speaks frankly and cleverly about black culture and the absurdities of fame; and in doing so, changed the direction of hip hop.

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3

Loses a mark for being Kanye

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You know, I woke up this morning to the news that Elon Musk is trying to buy Twitter, and then I see my album of the day is Kanye, who recently has been making crazy statements about Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson. While the two things may seem unrelated, I'm so sick of egotistical, delusional megalomaniacs dominating our brain-space. We live in such a stupid time. Everything should be great, but instead we have horrible human beings like Donald Trump getting elected president and idiots like Elon Musk and Kanye in the news all the time. Ugh. However, I did listen to the album, because I made a commitment to listen to every album on the list. Was it the worst thing I've ever heard? Not at all. Kanye clearly has talent, but not really enjoyable for me. 2 stars.

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I really really really despise this dude and cannot even get through perhaps fine albums because of how much I dislike him.

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0 stars. 1st (and last) Kanye album I ever listened to. 76 mins of my life that I could have spent getting a root canal.

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5

One of the first rap albums I've ever owned, and an album that showed me that rap wasn't all singles and materialism. The skits are great, the songs are better, and I still maintain "All Falls Down" is one of the best rap songs ever recorded. Production is Kanye classic... I could go on and on. Favorite tracks: "All Falls Down", "Family Business", "We Don't Care", "Never Let Me Down"

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5

One of the best rap albums of the 2000s. Amazing production and great lyrics.

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5

Legendary hip hop album. Too many skits though

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5

Six stars

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Classic

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5

workout plan is one of my faves, absolute.

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5

Ham Turkey looks like she would enjoy meatballs, but she doesn't. Sometimes the world doesn't make sense. She could be wearing a chef's hat eating meatballs right now. Sometimes the world isn't fair.

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5

Oh Kanye, you're so problematic and yet so fuckin great at this music stuff. This album is fantastic from start to finish. I remember the first time I heard Jesus Walks, it stopped me in my tracks and grabbed all my attention. I forget how good Kanye was before he lost any sense of reality. It's so easy to see him as a bit of a joke now, but this album is easily one of the best hip hop albums ever recorded. Just so damn good.

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5

A real jam. The skits were super cool and the whole concept is super well realized

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5

Such a fun listen. Super well composed album. Felt like a compete unit, rather than just a bunch of songs put together. Especially the songs with features.

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5

A classic and a beginning of an era. Lots of nostalgia but I’m pretty sure I’m not alone to say that it holds up.

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5

YOU ALREADY KNOW!

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Perfect

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5

best album of all time

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5

very cool kanye

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5

One of Kanye’s best!

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5

To all the people that's drug Dealing just to get by, stack your money til it gets sky high!

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5

Album holds up rather well.

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5

one of my favorites of all time. This is kanye at his rawest and funniest which along with crackin samples and productions, are the main reasons anyone should be listening to kanye in the first place, and this album got those. Its funny to look back on the way “wake up mr west” has evolved over the years. before i had listened to his earlier stuff i had assumed it was a butler gently waking him up. favorite songs: all falls down, space ship, jesus walks, the new workout plan, slow jamz, through the wire

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5

An absolute classic. Never going to be upset about listening to this one.

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5

Easy 5/5 iconic Kanye. RIP Bernie Mac

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5

Ah what a classic mega nice das Mal wieder gehört zu haben vor allem ganz an einem Stück

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5

Fantastisk Album!

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This is the first album on the list that I've already heard. It's Ye, man, how can you not love it? Absolutely a bona fide classic, five stars.

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5

Mi sesgo es que disfruto generalmente a Kanye, aunque justo este disco es de los que no he escuchado. Muy bueno, me dio la sensación de que acá un Kanye más "tranquilo" o mesurado (?) hasta cierto punto, sin gritar, sin lo estridente de discos posteriores. No es que sea mejor que lo otro, solamente sí veo que, aunque sea un mismo o los mismos géneros, hay una voluntad de experimentación, ese pastiche de beats, sonidos de otros géneros o características, medio del gospel a veces, por decir alguno. Sin skips, creo que "Jesus Walks" sí es muy superior, me gustó mucho esa parte central, con JAY-Z et al., "The New Workout Plan", "Family Business" también bastante bien y pues la última pista, aunque sea de 12 minutos, no se siente tan eterna y me parece buen cierre. 9.5/10

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5

I like how he said Versace. 9/10

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5

It all falls down🥲🥲

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5

Me gustó mucho. La verdad ningún skip, lo escuché un poco de música de fondo, pero en un par de canciones sí vi algo de las lyrics y de lo que pude entender sin verlas: muy chistosas la mayoria y algo trágicas un par. Todas la verdad me mantuvieron complacido, pero escojo Get them high, Slow Jamz Two Words y me quedo con esas para una playlist. Mood: Kanye loves beats... and Kanye.

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5

too many skits and too long in general, other than that, one of the best 00's hip hop album.

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5

good af

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5

What. An. Album. Literally one of the best things I’ve ever heard.

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5

Good album much better listened to as a whole rather than single tracks

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5

heard a bunch of these songs separately before but never the whole album, but i rly like the songs i hadn't heard before

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5

Si es bueno el señor west, incluso antes de su megalomanía que ya por ahí se asoma. “Jesus walks: clásico instantáneo.

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ye

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Yh

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5

Loving this a LOT more than my first listen. It may just be top 3 Kanye for me, some of these tracks are total masterpieces.

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5

Got a lot out of this relisten

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5

I like the skit sections a lot, it's very seamless

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5

Amazing.

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5

literally every song slaps top to bottom idk such a range of emotions and experiences sheesh

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5

Such a great 2000s album with a bunch of great songs on it. 9/10.

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Czarny strajk trwa w najlepsze i to z jakim pickiem, bo debiutancki album pana Westa, the college dropout rozpoczal kariere Kanyego jako pelnoflagowego rapera, a nie tylko producenta, przed tym krazkiem byl znany glownie z produkcji na trakach pana Jaya Z, a przepis na dobry start, swiezy luzny koncept, nadanie konceptowi twarzy, czytaj dropoutowy misiek, dobre featury, ktore nie kradna spotlajta, ale jednak wplywaja na atrakcyjnosc materialu dla sluchacza, bo ile osob musialo poznac pana Westa sluchajac two worlds z mos defem, czy get em high z commonem i talibem kwelim, pan jay czy ludacris to kolejne featury plyty, ale co definiuje brzmienie tej plyty, to zdecydowanie to co sie dzieje na bitach, bo to pan West stworzyl pomysl na wlasne brzmienie, dla jednych zbyt r&bitowe jak na rap, zbyt eksperymentalne, zbyt gospelowe, a jednak tak sluchalne o czym swiadcza charty, co do konceptu ktory tutaj rozpoczyna trylogie collegowa, to tytulowy motyw dropoutowania pojawia sie glownie w skitach, ale tez na trakach jak school spirit czy we dont care, materialu jest godzina siedemnascie minut, a najwazniejszymi topikami sa motywy bycia murzynem w spoleczenstwie hameryki, sukcesu poprzez edukacje, pojawiaja sie oczywscie takze watki osobiste, jak na traku throught wire, ktory jest dosc komiczna relacja z rehaba po samochowowym incydencie, jesli chodzi o plejkowe wrzuty z tej plyty, to do trakow ktore juz mam dodaje spaceships oraz all falls down, chociaz bylem zaskoczony, ze tylko trzy kawalki mialem na plejce do tej pory, wspominane we dont care, school spirit, ktore najlepiej oddaja spirita plyty, jak dla mnie jeden z albumow definiujacych dzwiek westowski, ale mozna by tak powiedziec o kazdym materiale ktory ten pan wypuszcza, bo tak influencyjnego artysty w ostatnich dwudziestoleci ciezko szukac

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5

classic yeezy, but not the yeezy I first heard how the hell does he have a 12 minute outro?!

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5

It’s a great album. Kanye bursting into the scene with The College Dropout. Although the best of Kanye was still to come on later projects.

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5

very strong album from Kanye

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5

A bit long with the skits but there are just so many classics on this album. 10/10

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5

9/10. The only major complaint I have is that it drags towards the end, as it is quite long and frontloads some of the best songs. Might bump to a 10 on review, tbh

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5

classic, 9/10

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5

Wonderful production on Kanye's first album. I had already listened to this prior and enjoyed every bit of it. Such an influential album with wonderful tracks. 10/10

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Genius like me

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5

Greatest

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5

From this debut one would think Kanye arrived on the scene fully formed. The samples are great, the beats are innovative as hell, and his production is absolute perfection. His fearlessness to incorporate so many disparate elements into hip hop truly set him apart from his contemporaries. He’s truly a cut above

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5

can barely listen to this anymore with how unwell he is anymore but you know, it's still incredible

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5

I remember when this came out. Before Kanye went mad. I loved this album and it got heavy play time for probably a year or more.

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5

One of his best albums

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5

Probably my favorite hip-hop LP ever…perfect!

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5

Peak Ye

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5

The original Kanye banger. Lives up to his name.

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5

So much texture, enthusiasm, and charisma. Moves so fast, freewheeling and joyously so. Made me smile so much.

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5

Some of Kanye's best work

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5

Favourite album of all time

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5

For the kids

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5

man i dislike modern-day kanye but it's hard not to love this record

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5

Okhuenno

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5

Guys... jag älskar Kanye.

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5

Some people hate on Kanye and have never listened to this. Sad!

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5

Ni vet ni vet de e int ens nån fråga om saken

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5

Not my favorite by ye but amazing nonetheless.

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5

Good album

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5

Izvrstan album, moj bivši me upoznao s njim

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5

Kanye makes his own debut on the scene in a bombastic way. This album is packed with fun features, excellent production, and singles that really demonstrate the next mover and shaker in hip hop.

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5

Decided to be as objective as possible listening as I loved at the time but through it aged badly. However as soon as the first beat hit it was just joyous. Skits are a little cringy but no where near as bad as 90's hiphop. Kanye even had good lyrics here.

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5

Yeezy!

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5

I still say Kanye is a pretentious prick but there was less of his "my lyrics prove I'm smarter than you" attitude with this debut effort. I laughed hard at his first two interludes and the school spirit skits (made me wonder if I wasted time with all my schooling) - really well done. Kudos to his wit and smarts on this album. Jesus Walks is brilliant; fiery and beats that make you snap to attention (slipped in a Billy Madison line too). Spills over to Never Let You Down (great lyrics and good beats) and Get Em High (great beats and good lyrics). The New Workout Plan and Breathe In Breathe Out were fun & funny. Nothing on this album that I disliked (except Last Call...not really counting it), not much that I didn't really enjoy. Damn good album.

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5

Damn, Kanye came out of the gate swinging! His early stuff is so good. This album is such a strong indictment of racism and consumer culture as well as being a FIRE rap album with smooth verses and well produced beats throughout. I like some newer Kanye, but this takes the cake. And 21 tracks?! He was on fire.

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No voy a escribir una review. Es College Dropout. Literalmente llevo una camiseta del disco puesta ahora mismo. Todo dicho por whatsapp tt. 4,75.

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The College Dropout no solo es uno de los albums de hip-hop mas originales, graciosos y emocionantes, es el principio (y no por eso el engranaje más flojo) de una de las discografias mas envidiadas de la música, la del señor Kanye West (ye). ESCUCHALO, ESCUCHALO HASTA EL FINAL

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5

klassisk plata, geðveik lög og fyndin djok, 5 stars from me

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5

Makes me miss when Kanye was good.

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5

PERFECT

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5

This album was SO GOOD. Amazing lyrics, amazing beat, amazing message. My favourite so far.

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5

This is the Kanye I miss. He broke the mould for the mainstream hip hop of the time here. Expanded the palette lyrically, beatwise, and, I'd argue most importantly, emotionally. He had the audacity to simply be himself rather than hiding behind a cartoonish projection (except maybe on the album cover). Yes, there's tons of over the top boasting to be found here for sure (par for the course), but he's just as likely to be introspective, even self critical, or, heaven forbid, vulnerable. I love that he is so transparent and open in telling his story through music. It sounds funny, but for somebody who has gone on to practically become the dictionary definition of an artist who is out of touch with reality, he started his career being eminently relatable. This album is absolutely bursting with ideas and emotions. All over the place in a contagiously exciting way.

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5

Musicas para ouvir com os amigos.

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5

Incredible album. Takes me back. The beginning of an incredible (if often turbulent) career. Great album

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5

Why am I a Kanye fan now? I’m not sure but this shit slaps.

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5

Amazing album all around.

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5

The guy is a genius, no matter what his ego had turned him into the last 10 years in the public eye. The most important musical and cultural force since probably Nirvana. His unique and innovative style of production and artistry through his lyricism and ability to carry a theme create a dynamic and engaging masterpiece of a hip hop album that opened the door to more from hip hop than gangster rap. In fact, he killed that genre and changed hip hop’s sound and fashion with every new album. Not enough can be said about the legacy of this album.

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5

5/5. Best Kanye (so far) IMO

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Classic 10!

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I was in my cousin’s car the first time I heard Ye’s Trough the wire and it really got my attention. I saw the MTV video that same night and I think I was already a Kanye fan without realizing it. I really liked that chipmunk choir and the rhymes and theme. After that it came the hit avalanche with Jesus Walks, Slow Jamz and of course All Falls Down. I didn’t get to listen to the whole album after maybe a year but it was all I was already expecting from it, I remember really loving it and listening to it endlessly, I mean, Kanye was so much more interesting than all that gansta rap that was around, his rhymes were fun and inventive and damn was the record soulful… 18 years later I hear people say it sounds dated (kinda agree), that most of the skits sound cheesy and lame (agree) and that Kanye got much better with the subsequent albums (did he?). Staying on this topic, and regarding the heights his career and talent achieved I the following years I want to close this one with a note about “Family Business”, yes it’s not his most famous track, yes his views on the topic have darkened (Real Friends), yes he has greater tracks, but damn, the incredibly soulful production of the track, the shiny and clear treatment of the topic reveal a much clearer and healthier state of mind than ever after that, it is sad how much has his soul soured, what would have happened if health stayed the same? Would his art and legend achieved the level they got? Would he have faded into oblivion? I woke up early this mornin' with a new state of mind A creative way to rhyme without usin' knives and guns Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to God And keep your face to the risin' sun I know we are in the days of burying Skete, but I’m sure he would benefit from a moment like this nowadays…

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5

have to rate it a 5, especially after seeing the documentary

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5

Kanye I know a lot about and not much about his music. The only one I’ve ever got into is Dark Twisted Fantasy, which would be among my most played albums of the 2010s. I remember when this album came out and a lot of popular rap was pretty materialistic. Kanye (while I know was around for a while before this and had success as a producer) shows up with the rugby sweaters on is going to stand out. This is an album I’ve heard pretty well all of through osmosis. This one is really good, and really funny at times. Killer tracks Jesus Walks The New Workout Plan Slow Jamz

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5

I mean -- Do I even have to? Not my favorite of his first three, but so damn iconic.

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5

Done!

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5

I don't know of a better Kanye album from front to back. Plenty of classics, and a hard working Kanye that hadn't yet made it as a rapper/front-man artist and wasn't totally weird yet.

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5

All of the songs are catchy and top-tier. The skits are pretty funny.

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5

work of art

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5

Classic hip hop album. I love Kanye deeply humorous yet still deeply complex lyrics about themes such as racism and love, while still maintaining his iconic braggadocius flow and character in the songs. The production is superb as well as unique. I great shift from gangsta rap as well, if we are referencing the times. My fav tracks were Slow jams, we don’t care and two words with an honourable mention to, it all falls down which is the most catchy :)

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5

Especially after watching Jeen-Yuhs, this album is an all time classic that opened a Pandora's box onto rap music.

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5

"...dropped out of school quick. I always had a Ph.D: a pretty huge dick" Have been a bit lazy with my five star ratings lately. So many big tracks and even bigger features for a debut album.

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5

Possibly the best hip hop album we've had on this 1001 albums list so far.

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5

Brilliant, one of my favourites before, but even more so after listening in full again. Jesus Walks is an absolute classic, Spaceship is a rare 12/8 rap song, and All Falls Down is masterful pop music. Couldn't be less than 5 🌟!

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5

School spirit skip men resten av låtarna var 10/10 Lyssnade inte på outrot det var för långt

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5

An album I was already very familiar with. The overlong last track should knock it down from a 5 to a 4 but it doesn't because it also has Two Words on it.

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5

I like it.

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5

My oh my. Huge Kanye fan, and this year watched Jeen-Yus so I have developed an even greater appreciation for this album. The things Kanye did, and the lengths he went to to put this album out is a testament not just to who he was at the time, but a message to all those out there wanting to reach for something that a lot of times, you have to put the work in yourself, and you need to think outside of the box. I'm thinking of the Wire specifically with that. But almost every song here is a gem and just feels like magic knowing what he was going through and how he got there. I had a feeling last week we would be seeing this album on this list but I didn't realize it would be this soon. Either way, along with Metallica, this makes for a very memorable week.

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5

Ahh FFS. He's actually good isn't he. Not consciously avoided him but have somehow got this far without listening to him or much awareness at all besides the daft shite he gets up to in public life. But this is bloody good. Never Let Me Down is pretty special. Have tried tracks on their own in the past and just shrugged. Maybe I was never in the mood. This is ridiculously good actually. Surely one of the all time greatest debuts. Guess I'd better check the other good ones.

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5

Listened to this in repeat since it came out when I was in high school. It's the sound of my youth ❤

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5

this is easily one of the greatest rap albums of all time

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5

In which Kanye deals with his insecurities about not having finished college. The central message attacking education is fundamentally stupid. All that being said - this is one of the wittiest hip hop albums you ever heard and the range of topics and beasts keep the album bopping along. Despite the negativity of the theme, it’s surprisingly light and Kanye really does redefine what rappers can talk about on a mainstream record. All of this maybe made easier by some superb soul samples and Kanye’s skills behind the boards are simply outstanding. Guest rappers bring their A Game - not just in it for the pay cheque - and West straddles the mainstream (Jay-Z, Ludacriss) with the underground (Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli) without feeling like different projects crowbarred together. Despite the length there’s barely a weak track amongst them. Jesus Walks sounds phenomenal, Through the Wire has a whip smart flow, whilst jaw literally wired shut from a car crash, All Falls Down is a great almost-sample (try and find the actually Lauryn Hill sample version) and there’s a lightness to Slow Jamz and Workout Plan unusual on a rap album. This album sounds nothing like West’s later masterpieces but seeds are there for an artist flexing his creative muscles and taking whatever direction his genius takes him.

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5

As much as it pains me to say this … this album is amazing. One of the best debut albums for an artist.

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5

THE NUMBER RAPPER IN THE WORLD, THE GOAT

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5

Thank you Kanye, very cool! Kanye's best album, it's all downhill from here - musically and mentally! Before the man lost his mind and developed a god complex. Bangers like "Jesus Walks", skits that don't completely ruin the momentum of the entire album, some of the best beats ever.. yeah I think it's pretty good.

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5

I heard it a bunch when it came out. Loved the hell out of it, but I think I like Late Registration a little more.

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5

Classic

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5

Between this and Yeezus it’s crazy how much Kanye’s sound has developed over a decade. While I like yeezus more, this is still great music. Very innovative and unique while still very much sounding like a 2004 rap album. The mix of religion and typical hip hop themes is interesting here before it got completely overdone in his later albums. New workout plan and I’ll fly away both have great beats

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5

Love it! Lyrically awesome!

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5

One of the best Kayne Albums and greatest rap albums of all-time.

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5

Not even the most pretentious song in history (Last Call) can ruin this album

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5

Iconic, great album singles connect together well. And some singles that can stand on their own well.

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5

Awesome

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5

I love this album and it’s a constant in my rotation. Not much more to say about it bc it’s legendary

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5

Classic let me skip albums pls

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5

W one of the favs

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5

Brilliant hip hop album, and probably Kanye's best in my (possibly controversial) opinion. It's Kanye back when he had a somewhat manageable ego! It's not a perfect album however. It's very long at 75 mins, I would have cut at least 20 of that. I normally don't like skits on albums but the School Spirt ones are quite funny. 9/10 Fave Tracks: We Don't Care, All Falls Down, Jesus Walks, Get Em High, School Spirit, Through the Wire Least Fave: Workout Plan, Slow Jamz, Breathe In Breathe Out

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4

The skits 💀 All of these songs are good! Not all to my taste but solid vocals and production Obviously I already know Jesus Walks but fuck this song is incredible! (what went wrong Kanye 😭 where did this Kanye go?!) Okay so some of the weird in song jokes/skits are kind of funny ... could have done without the TWELVE MINUTE LONG Song at the end Faves - All Falls Down, Spaceship, Jesus Walks, The New Workout Plan, Through The Wire Overall - a great album! I really enjoyed this

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4

Damn, this was way more enjoyable than I expected this to be. It sounded like Kanye was having so much fun and every track was catchy. Very different from his current output.

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4

Honestly, quite enjoyed this. I liked hearing some songs I hadn't heard in a while, and the style was pleasant to listen to. Lyrical content comes with the rap genre territory.

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4

It can be easy to forget that there was a time before Kanye was (publicly) the guy that President Obama called an asshole. Sure, there are shades of what was to come, and he spends a lot of time bragging about his flow while getting best by the features on the same track, but what was so refreshing about this album is that rap had been pretty well settled into the gangster braggadocio groove for quite some time, and then here's this guy rapping about not wanting to work at The Gap anymore and copping to a bit of Impostor Syndrome. All of that, and it sounded incredible, because of course it did. Best track: Spaceship

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4

8,5

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4

I think I get it now...

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4

Didn't realize Kanye was so spiritual for so long. Dunno if I'll listen again, but definitely an interesting one.

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4

Fantastic. Timeless rap sprocket with some very 2000s rap.

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4

Rather unexpectedly, I quite enjoyed this one.

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4

Kanye made arguably the best two rap albums consecutively before falling from grace.

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4

Classic Ye

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4

false

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4

Mostly fun early 2000s vibes, innovative styles (sampling, skits), clever lyrics, and some important messages throughout album. But also some offensive and derogatory language.

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4

alleen maar bangers, dik album

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4

the features on this album and through the wire 😙😙

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4

Skits were weird. Weird anti-intellectualism. A few bops

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4

Veel tussenverhalen. Wel leuke nummers, og Kanye

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4

But fuck Kanye

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4

Pretty darn cool if I'm honest

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4

Favorite Kanye West album. 7-8/10 1. Never Let Me Down 2. Slow Jamz 3. Through the Wire

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4

Dang. What a record. So many great tracks. Back half drops off a bit.

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4

I liked his voice and sing-song style

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4

Tres bon album avec beaucoup de musicalite 4.5

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4

Pre-MAGA Kanye was brilliant. With a little less misogyny and religion, this would be a 5.

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4

I prefer the later day stuff after he went crazy, but this is still really good.

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4

Point deducted for being kanye

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4

Good tunes. Annoying voice/face combo

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4

Bit long, but plenty of bangers

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4

A stone cold classic debut. The pitched up soul sample Kanye production is on full display. He's got something interesting or funny or hypocritical or clever to say on every single track. The skits are a bit corny, but it's 2004 and skits were still a thing at that point in hip hop. Seems like Kanye was insecure/aggrevated by higher education, eh? You can almost draw a line between some of the "think for yourself" messaging here and full on MAGA and "slavery is a choice" Kanye 15 years later. Kanye's contradictions are what elevates him above other rap legends for me. It really comes home on the tracks with Jay-Z. Where Jay-Z uses his verses to basically say "I'm the best", Kanye rolls through racial profiling, fate, and godliness in the same space. Plus he's more musical in his delivery, and I'm a sucker for melody. A

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4

Great album, but needs some editing.

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4

old banger but not very hype just chill yep

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4

Very surprised! Did not expect to like

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4

It a nice hearing rap album with smart texts and enjoying music.

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4

Послушал первые 5 треков, ничё такие

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4

Like the sample based songs (chipmunk style). Didn’t like synth based songs.

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4

Iconic Kanye album, some good features and bridge of new rap and old

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4

One of my favourite albums. it was so new and interesting when it first came out, loved how he chopped up the samples, had never really heard anything like it before. Jesus walks will forever be a tune.

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4

Crazy that this was his debut! Will probably take more listens for it to fully sink in but this has gotta be one of the more impressive debut albums within the past few decades!

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4

Kind of a Kanye fan now

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4

I’ve always been put off by Kanye’s persona, but I quite enjoyed this.

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4

DEECE

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4

nice

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4

Kinda positively suprised. Not my type of music otherwise

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4

Great album. Have listened to it before. Bring skits back in rap albums please. Highlights: Slow Jamz, Through the Wire, Never let me down

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4

We don't care, All falls down, Jesus walks, and through the wire are probably my favorites off this album. This isn't my favorite Kanye album, but it's a good one for sure. I really love it when Kayne gets into his uplifting bag. He kills it when he is in the right headspace. This Album gets recommended for sure.

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4

Good Tom - I enjoyed this alot and made me apricate kanye more. made me self reflect on my degree

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4

Lekker viben 4/5

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4

some really nice songs, wouldn't mind listening to more

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4

I don't like Kanye that much but you have to admit the man has talent. Some great songs, lots of variety.

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4

A Kanye classic. It holds up. The hits on this album are all memorable. Not his best album, but reminds me of how great he was earlier in his career

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4

The only good Kanye album.

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4

This album surprised me. This is highly intelligent, creative and trans-stylistic postmodernism. The blend of sometimes 3 different styles with a mix of Frank Zappa-esque orchestration. A sharp edge between Hip Hop and Pop (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Jesus Walks, Spaceship

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4

Haven't had listened to Kanye's first album yet. All Falls Down and Jesus Walks as highlights. Will definitely give it another listen.

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4

Could be a 5 if there were less skits and he cut the “The New Workout Plan”…which did not age well and ruins a pretty well thought out and socially conscious piece of art. Favorite tracks are “All Falls Down”, “Spaceship”, and “Jesus Walks”.

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4

Es nota que venia de ser un productor d'èxit, per com bé que sona i totes les col.laboracions top al llarg del disc. Més enllà del personatge, que ja aleshores apuntava maneres, el disc és molt bó, amb uns quants temes que destaquen entre el millor del hip hop 00's, especialment 'Jesus Walks'

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4

Ah, gospodin West. Početak. Odličan album, ali po meni nije ni blizu njegovim najjačim albumima. Jesus Walks tho...

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