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The College Dropout

Kanye West

2004

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The College Dropout

Rating

3.6

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5

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

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5

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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4

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

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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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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

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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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5

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. Best Kanye (so far) IMO

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5

Classic 10!

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5

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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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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8,5

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I think I get it now...

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

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4

Classic Ye

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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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the features on this album and through the wire 😙😙

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

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Veel tussenverhalen. Wel leuke nummers, og Kanye

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4

But fuck Kanye

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Pretty darn cool if I'm honest

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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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I liked his voice and sing-song style

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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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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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Great album, but needs some editing.

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old banger but not very hype just chill yep

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Very surprised! Did not expect to like

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

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Послушал первые 5 треков, ничё такие

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

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

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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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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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Kind of a Kanye fan now

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

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DEECE

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nice

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Kinda positively suprised. Not my type of music otherwise

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

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Lekker viben 4/5

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

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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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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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The only good Kanye album.

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

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Lots of different styles. Very melodic even though it's a rap centric album. Wide range of vocalists keep it really fresh. Fucking acoustic guitar solo in Slow Jamz!!!!!!! First half of the album until Slow Jamz is a lot more enjoyable to me than the second. Slow Jamz is the highlight of the album Some of these songs sound like they're improvised and I love it. Overall, loved this album way more than I expected.

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True Rating: 75

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Great debut album.

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-it's nice coming off his latest albums to be reminded of what made Kanye fucking KANYE! I don't need to write much of a review for this album we all know it slaps.

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Metal Wires!

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A hilarious and extraordinarily produced album. A cracker that apart from a few missteps (The New Workout Plan) stands the test of time.

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Nice, but long

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I really liked listening to it. His best lyrics.

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Kanye West's debut album was sensational! It's certified four-times platinum and won Best Rap Album of 2005. This was Kanye's big break, because most record labels weren't interested in signing him as a rapper and only saw him as a producer. Finally, he landed a record deal and created this banger of an album. The album has a message for everyone by discussing issues from all parts of life including education, religion, careers, family life, self-consciousness, and independency - to list a few. He has the touch of a thorough producer and the rap skills of a gangster. Love him or hate him, Kanye West made history with this music, and is still creating sick beats and spitting rhymes to this day. This debut album may be his best/most famous work so far...

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How does one appreciate the art without considering the artist? If you're going to marry the two opinions together, do you consider who the artist was at the time of the creation of the art, or what you know about their whole life? This album made me struggle with this idea, because it is a great album but I'm not much of a Kanye fan nowadays. Every song on the album is a winner. So many great collaborators and the tracks themselves are as enjoyable to listen to (in some cases moreso) than the rap itself. Holding it all together is the clear narrative of the impact poverty on a generation. And yet some of the songs still convey hope and celebration. It's an album that hits on so many levels and I really enjoyed revisiting it. Who knows. Maybe I'll see what Kanye has been up to since then. Maybe.

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9.0

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9/10 Why isn't Kanye's other stuff even half as good as this?

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Debutalbum fra Kanye West. Faktisk fedt, og med en frisk lyd. 3.5

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Fuck Kanye

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Undeniably a talented musician. Good album from before widely known that what he was being taken advantage of who knows. Jesus walks is a good nostalgia track

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It's catchy and the rhythms definitely make you move involuntarily.

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Not a huge Kanye fan but gotta respect the album

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Genuinely enjoyed it, I understand why Kanye had a old fan base that I was ignoring

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Very good, a lot like Graduation.

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Great album, too many skits though

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I really dig it. Kanye was great before he went full douchebag

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Slow Jamz mate what a banger

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A classic for a reason

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I never understood all the hype around Kanye. While I did enjoy this album second time of listening I still think it’s over rated. Fun fact though: he wrote and mumbled Through The Wire after falling asleep at the wheel of his car, but still manages to frame himself as the victim. The guy is a joke, but I get that he was a reasonable talented joke at this stage of his career.

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When I was a lad, and failed presidential candidate West was just a rapper and producer, I bought the Twista album which also had Slow Jamz on it. That album is rightfully nowhere near this list, and I probably should've bought this one instead - it's much better. Plenty of good tracks that seamlessly skip between styles and themes. The album goes on too long, but as it's Christmas week I'll still give it 4 festive stars.

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I really love Kanye's respect for the album format, they always flow really well and have a nice narrative. Not my fave album of Mr West's but still a great one and he is undoubtedly one of the best/ most influential artists of the 21st century

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The narrative intro on this album is really engaging, I'm hooked. Jesus Walks comes in like a bomb on the first third of the album. I think the album feels bloated in the middle. Get 'Em High is pretty bland. The New Workout Plan is pretty fun and very influential. Slow Jamz kicks ass. I really like School Spirit. Through The Wire is really impressive. Last Call is nuts and I love it.

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i wouldn’t really call myself a kanye fan, this album was alright, 7/10

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The best of this album IMO: - All Falls Down - Jesus Walks - The New Workout Plan - School Spirit - Two Words - Through the Wire - Family Business 3.6/5

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My opinions of Kanye aside I actually really enjoyed this album. There are a good number of his iconic early 2000 songs on here but as a whole I really enjoyed it.

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Classic hip hop album.

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In 2004, Kanye seems very socially aware. I like some of the songs but others just aren't my style. Most of the other artists on the album seem out of place. Above all of that, it is a very inspiring album. I've actually listened to this album more than once today - the topic of college degrees and how it relates to intelligence is all the more relevant in 2022. This album opened up a new part of my mind.

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Ne znam jesam više iznenađena s Kanyeom ili sobom sta mi se ovo bas svidjelo. Nikako my usual đir ali sviđa mi se sta nije neki hard rap neg bas za đuskanje. I još vristi 2000te.

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It’s a game-changer of an album for the fate of hip-hop; really helped bring in a new era. And not to mention it introduced the world to the crazy ego of Kanye lol. It is definitely bloated; not every track is a winner; there are too many skits for my taste; and Kanye is really hit or miss on his bars for me. But even given all that, the strengths of this album, the boldness and openness of his lyrics, the great features, they all pull this album back up. What really secures the fourth star for me is the production: few people ever match Kanye’s ability to flip a sample.

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First time I've really listened to any Kanye songs. There's a couple that feel a little dated, but I can see why he became so popular if this was his debut album. Added it to my library, glad I came across it.

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Pretty good, dragged a bit towards the with too much record company stuff

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So. What to do with a problem like Kanye? It becomes more and more difficult to review or listen to past works of people who become more and more known for their antics on the Hollywood gossip column than their records and tours. Still, and Kanye's swagger just reminds me more and more of Chad Ochocinco Johnson, where there he keeps saying"hey look at me, I'm still here, remember me?" Chad Ochocinco Johnson just got older and lost a step, where as Kanye? Kanye's life got intertwined with the Kardashians, and everything he released afterward doesn't... quite feel right. But. There was a reason both of them became famous before. It's different than say, watching old footage of OJ Simpson. This album and the next few afterwards have some great and I mean great stuff. "Two Words" is just... wow. The Workout tape song is pretty funny, and the skits aren't bad. But those skit interlude kind of things always grate on me a bit on albums. They do not warrant a lot of relistens. (The only one I ever liked was Fishbone's "If I Were A... I'd") I can see West's flow and lyrical sense. It is something to behold. He has definite skill, and this first album shows where he's going. "Last Call" did tend to ramble on, but so does Kanye. Best track for me was "Two Words"

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There's a lot you can criticise Ye for, but this album isn't one of them. I'd probably act like a dick if I'd released something as cohesive as this, too.

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Ma evo ne znan haha mislin krenila san slušat i bile su mi dobre pisme, al nisan bila baš zadivljena i onda kako su išle jedna za drugom bilo mi je sve bolje, tako da ne znan jel to do toga šta su mi te prid kraj pisme više moj đir ili mi je tribalo duže da skuzin da su mi top haha zbog toga evo 4 ipak da ostavin mista za čiste peje

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His infinite arrogance makes me want to hate him but his music and lyrics, I must admit, are fantastic.

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chouette mais la dernière track est interminable c’est un podcast le bail

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Les morceaux transition un peu relou mais sinon c'es cool.

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Génie mais trop long

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Objectively great, although it doesn’t make my rotation

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There is a startlingly stark difference between this freshman album and everything else Kanye has released. There is an energy and hunger here that's utterly lacking in everything else I've heard from him. It's good. I mean, duh, right? This is the album that rocketed him to stardom, after all. But I'm surprised at just how good it is. The lyrics are great, subject matter is relevant, and the production is on point. There are several unexpected musical twists and turns that are just wonderful. Missing is the bloated ego and disingenuous subject matter of his later work. Instead, there's a bare honesty and energetic aggression to these songs. The word I keep coming back to is 'hungry." The Kanye we get to see on this album is hungry for recognition and it drives him to great heights. The real question isn't, "How is this album so good?" The question is, "Why is nothing Kanye has put his hands to since this album even close to this good?"

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Great overall album, very easy listening and good for everybody, not just Hip Hop fans, since it's a great combination of Hip Hop with some singing, some soul and R&B etc

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Well, what can you say about Ye that wasn’t said before? This one has solid tracks. Like it!

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I once had a friend compare Kanye to Beethoven. I like this album, but I’m not sure it merits being broadcast in deep space as the best humanity has to offer, despite the inclusion of the song Spaceship on the album. Jesus Walks is a good early example of Kanye’s transgressive combination of of sacred/religious themes and profane language and themes, which I find interesting as a religion scholar. Also, knowing some of his nonsense since 2004, including support for Trump, the sort of victim mentality in that song of “oh now no one’s gonna play my record because I mentioned God” is both sort of funny and irritating (because obviously millions of people played his record—it’s on this list, after all). KIMYE out

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Reading the details on the background of this album was just as interesting as the album itself and it's a pretty good album. Kanye who had been recognized as a great producer couldn't get himself a record deal at the time since he wasn't "gangsta" enough. This debut album was recorded over a four year period where midway through he was in a very bad car accident leaving his jaw wired shut which motivated him to finish the album and produced some the best songs on the album. Another major theme and, hence the album title, was his decision not to go to college which disappointed his Mother and led to another string of songs. The combination of not getting a record deal, dropping out of school and the car accident fuel the content of these songs which cover family, racism, higher education, religion and Kanye himself. The star of the album is the top notch production. The flow of the album is smooth but sprawling at 116 minutes long and I'm not sure if there is any reason for the song order. There are a number of guests including JAY-Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli & Common, Mos Def & Freeway with the best of those songs being "All Falls Down" with Syleena Johnson and a soul acoustic-based song. Other song highlights include "Slow Jamz", featuring Jamie Foxx and Twista and more straight-forward soul-pop with some rapid rapping (Hey an Al Green mention) and "Through the Wire" which describes his experience and comeback after his car accident where his jaw was wired shut. There are a lot of good songs here and this quite an achievement leading to an extraordinary future, whether you like him or not. It does take a lot to get through though, which, I think, could have been edited to the same effect.

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I have to give it up where credits due, this album kicks ass.

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Makes a more than pleasant change for Gangsta Rap lyrics. Nice.

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This had some bangers on it for sure. Need to go back and listen to it more when I’m on rap kick.

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This was very good. Even though this is his first album, Mr. West already has a signature style. Thank you Kanye, very cool.

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4.0 - At his best, Kanye is able to channel his enormous ego to stoke some incredible artistic output (e.g. the unmatchable "MBDTF"). Sadly, that same ego can also be his downfall, as evidenced again and again in recent years. Both sides of his ego are apparent here, though this record has considerably more hits than misses. "I'll Fly Away" is a spiritual hymn that flows beautifully into "Spaceship." "The New Workout Plan" is witty and fun. "Get Em High" is an arena-ready banger. The collabs are pretty remarkable, from Common to Talib Kweli to Jay-Z...However, the record isn't without its warts. The "School Spirit" skits are pretty lame and on "Last Call", Kanye fully indulges his ego by sharing his backstory. To be honest, I enjoyed the 13 minutes of storytelling where he recounts all the struggles to break out as a rap star. But, really, who wants to listen to any of that more than once? And at 76 minutes, why not just release that last track as a B-side? All in all, he's poured so much into this record and it's mostly great.

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Love me some nightcore rap

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No pensé que un disco de este wey podría gustarme así. Hay que dejar de lado detalles del mismo Kanye, de sus invitados y de su estilo, pero musicalmente es un muy muy buen disco. El detalle que me costó más trabajo al final, fue el último track, que dura casi 13 minutos y son básicamente de Kanye contándote una anécdota.

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siiiiiiiiuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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Yllätti todella positiivisesti.

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This was the first time I actually listened to a Kanye album. I quite enjoyed this one, with 11/21 songs standing out to me. I feel like melodious rap with a story tends to turn my ear more often than not. The themes of racism, family, materialism (in the form of traditional distractions and surprising, academic degrees), and religion were enjoyable to hear through the metaphors and melodies.

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Very good. Star deducted for talking too much on 'Last Call'.

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Well, I guess I had to come across Kanye eventually. A lot of people love him, a lot of people hate hi, his general conduct explains the latter and to be fair I think this album showcases why the former is true. That's not to say I'm a Kanye convert - I wasn't expecting to be but I was somewhat hoping to have the epiphany that his fans seems to experience with his music. Certainly, I find this a *lot* more interesting musically than any of the other hip-hop or rap that I've tried off this list - the compositions are complex and varied and would actually be worth listening to even without a vocal track (which is not something I would say of the earlier albums I bounced off). That said, I think I have to begrudgingly admit that I just don't enjoy rap as a vocal delivery style. For whatever reason, when lyrics shift into that spoken-rather-than-sung register, they just do not penetrate into my brain without serious conscious effort and I'm sorry but while TCD is lightyears ahead of something like The Chronic in terms of the depth and complexity of its lyrics, I just do not think that anything Kanye says is worth quite the endeavour. I think I've also had more than enough of 'skits' on hiphop albums. Being funny or incisive in a song is one thing but it's harder to pull off when you don't have music supporting you and you're a musician, not a comedian or philosopher. The School Spirit skits were especially obnoxious, wasting way too much time on a very belaboured, and not very funny joke. All that said I still think this is the best hiphop I've heard and it's not really even close, though my personal enjoyment of the genre (or lack thereof) puts a pretty hard ceiling on the score. I thought long and hard before clicking 3 or 4, but gave the singles another listen and the instrumentation won me over.

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stack the money till it gets sky high

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Kind of proves the persona couldn’t be separated from the music from day one. The genius is real, but man the self-absorption is too. Really great though.

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Drug dealin' just to get by

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It's pretty good, I feel like the famous songs hold up pretty well.

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Remove the skits (though they weren’t THAT bad) and the 12-minute finale and you’ve got an awesome album.

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So obviously Twista is the best part of this album. My only suggestion would be: More Twista. All modern Kanye baggage aside, this is a pretty good album.

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Once again, a great rap album marred by unnecessary skits and whatever that 1w minute spoken word outro was. The degree skits were actually kind of fun, but still not what I want from an album. The actual songs were bangers though.

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I don't think any other artist could produce anything as unique as 'Jesus Walks' or 'Through the Wire.' The use of skits was too excessive, I found myself sitting waiting for the music to start again. His personality is clearly represented throughout. This album marked the industry shift towards mainstream hip-hop, lyrically inoffensive (for the most part) with soul beats.

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Kanye sets the stage for the albums that’s are to follow while also showing he’s more than just a producer. Great features permeate throughout.

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second half of the album is to me better musically thematically i dont really care i guess kanye isnt the best source of information

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A few good songs, a few odd ones.... the narration parts were a bit hit or miss! Not my usual style, but enjoyable.

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Bon premier album un peu timide dans l'exécution au niveau des prestations Production très riche

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Day 1: A classic that I have never listened the full way through. For context, I have been listening to Kanye2049 a lot this past week, and it's wonderful, so it is nice to listen to some originals I've never heard. as for songs i havent heard: - spaceship is good - new workout plan is the goofiest shit - slow jamz is fun - SCHOOL SPIRIT! wow, I didn't know 'Good life' takes a line from this song. -lil jimmy skit is... an absurd critique of school and degrees but funny songs i have heard: - jesus walks bridge is amazing - all falls down is a longtime favorite - through the wire is amazing - family buisness is so sweet. - last call is good this is an album that, like in the pitchfork review of Ye, shows a Kanye that kanye isn't anymore, so far from who he became at his height and his descent into today. It's hard to explain. It's like the beatles, if you make an album that changes the trajectory of music, listening to it with the context of today makes it sound just very good average, when it defined the direction everyone else copied / attempted. (and like the beatles, maybe a biiit overrated...) and maybe 8-10 more songs than necessary lol

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The first half is amazing. Through the Wire steals the show on this album.

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I'd listened to the first half of this six or more times before trying to get into it so this was the first time all the way to the end. I respect the brilliance on display but it doesn't speak to me. The transparency and self-awareness, the insecurity and feelings of inadequacy underlying so much of his work is interesting to hear him examine, but his coping mechanism, this Trump with musical talent persona he's adopted, is terribly boring.

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Liked it more than I thought I would.

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Probably a 4/5 for me but gave it the good ol max balance treatment

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Yee

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Hasn't aged great. Kanye is insane

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I'd give it a 7, or with this rating system a 3. Maybe his recent antics have influenced me.

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Age has not been kind to this album. The mixing is laughable by modern standards. Really muddy mids and an over-reliance on the 808 sound that was so popular at the time. The second half of the album is really where it shines. you start to see the beginnings of Kanye's signature soul-sampled sound Despite all this, the album still has a bunch of standout tracks: Never Let Me Down, Slow Jamz, Two Words, Through the Wire, Last Call

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pretty boring but i liked the line in we dont care about dyslexic 12 questions

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Rap, hip hop. Muy largo. Tiene cosas interesantes. Mejor que lo previsto.

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Family Business escuchable. Me ha parecido un rollo. Igual si tradujera las letras ....

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classic kanye. nothing much

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Too much filler. And high pitched voices. He's done better.

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It’s too long. Too much Kanye for one sitting. Nice to be reminded of a time before he was a complete lunatic though.

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Loses a mark for being Kanye

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I've always loved this album, tons of nostalgia. Remember when Kanye was just a hip hop artist and not this weird cult personality?

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Am I over skits? Have I lost patience for skits? I used to love that shit. Nowadays I’m like “get to the music.” By my count there are 6 dope songs on this album, all 5s. There’s also a lot of trash. If you cut out the middle I’d be happy. It’s all dead weight, it also all seems less honest, more vapid, like “look at me” rap. We all know he’s a great beat maker but I like two things about his rap, it’s honest, that bi-polar, no filter reallness he’s famous for truly in touch with his feelings and I like his playfulness and creativity in rhymes, he takes fun chances, does interesting little plays on words or metaphor. In All the good songs this stands out, all the bad songs doesn’t. I even enjoyed his 10 minute vamping over the beat telling a story about his big break. In this album it’s refreshing to feel the Chicago Kanye, not the LA Kanye, a bit more real, a bit more connected to the real world. Lots of great stuff on this album that gives you a good glimpse of the African American experience, you can feel it in the lyrics and in the beats. Not his best album, a lot of fat to cut, but pretty good. B—3

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Yeah, this was quite fun.

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Never realized this was KW's highest regarded album (allmusic.com agrees). I would have thought MBDTF would hold that honor. First listen to this one. Good album. More straightforward, less "artsy" than MBDTF.

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lotsa cursing! adequate rap album.

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I get it. Since he’s considered one of the greats, you gotta hear where he started.

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Not my thing, but ok

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I don’t like kanye

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3.5 Great moments

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// Favs: Jesus Walks / Never Let Me Down / Two Words / Last Call Score: Decent to Strong 3

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“She got a light skinned friend look like Michael Jackson. Got a dark skinned friend look like Michael Jackson.”

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Cool songs. Not really what I would listen to in free time. I liked the story bits.

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Nicht ganz so schlimm wie ich gedacht habe. Die Richtung ist nicht meins, aber schlecht ist es durchaus nicht.

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Solid album overall. Some of the lyrics way too comedic, in an early 2000's kind of way (Slim-Shady-esque) for my liking. I realise this was probably done on purpose, as some sort of commentary, but I just found it irritating to listen to at times. As soon as he dialed it back just a little, his sarcastic humor did a good job on getting his point across. Production quality is probably the best part of the album, along with some hip hop all stars doing features. It was a bit too long IMO.

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kanye

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In general I'm not a Kanye fan and I was surprised by how well this captures the time and place of a period in hip hop. Has this album changed my overall feelings about Ye? Not really.

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Very good. First listen. I knew a couple of the songs. He has a great style. Interesting. Even with the language I still enjoyed it.

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Mixed feelings about this one. Musically I love it, and I do think it’s one of the best Kanye albums, but the content of the lyrics make it a bit of a tough listen. Not a big fan of the little skits either.

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Some brilliant tracks but peppered with nonsense and too many skits - better was to come

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An album that flirts with greatness before losing its way about midway through. Some of the earlier tracks are outstanding (all fall down, spaceship, Jesus Walks) but after this it’s good only in moments and the flow is broken up with those dreadful skits. The last song has no place on any album either, makes wonder how many times the listener would want to hear that same story. Baffling.

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trivial

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When Kanye is good, he's great. His lyrics are engaging and music is adventurous. He has a lot of cool/unique concepts that he is fitting into his hip-hop/rap. However, this does get a bit long, the skits get long in the tooth, and i have no idea why Last Call was a good idea to include on this.

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Kanye has a reputation for a reason. This is very listenable.

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Tells a story well. Easy to hear and listen too

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A little over long, and a few tracks could have been dropped for the sake of conciseness, but overall a great groove with wit and savvy lyrics. Highlight tracks - School Spirit, Two Words

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Two takeaways here - 1) Humble Kanye is weird. 2) Bort Ainsworth still wears Von Dutch.

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Don't normally like this kind of music. Pleasantly surprised - good, clear delivery. Entertaining and musically diverse. Some of the commentary and skits could be dropped. I actually might choose to listen again!

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Not really my thing, but odd track I liked

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26. The College dropout - Kanye West 21 tracks. This isn't for me, but despite that I really liked some tracks. The overall feeling I got was that I was let down by the production on some tracks (which surprised me because I thought that's what he was all about). 3/5

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Alright I’m biased, but at this point it’s difficult to disentangle Kanye’s superstar celebrity ego from his art, especially as someone who has not followed his music. I’m not a huge hip hop fan, but it’s clearly an objectively good sounding hip hop album with good continuity and a counter culture attitude that was obviously very well received at the time. He’s also clearly very talented at composing art from tons of samples. Does this make him a genius? FUCK NO. The guy self-admittedly struggles with mental health problems, yet he has an incessant god complex and compulsion to be a thought leader for people. Dude, you yourself know you can’t even lead your own thoughts. The anti-intellectualism sentiment in this album has also clearly “blossomed” into the shitfuck of a chaotic apocalypse looming world governed by fellow mentally ill celebrities who rely on cults of personality to protect them as they impose their psychotic ideals on the population. This album also came out at a time of hyper-materialism and sensationalism, a world where Kanye lives 24/7. I’m giving it 3 stars because of my attempt at objectivity and the typical low importance I assign to lyricism (which is tricky with hip hop) but he really doesn’t deserve a rating that high. I think a lot of Kanye’s “message” is simply glorifying ignorance, materialism, and ego. You can learn and understand shit and still fight the system, Kanye. Your talent is manipulating stupid people to believe your simplistic views, and to reject authorities who put the work in to actually fucking learn things. Effectively, all you do is polarize and manipulate the population into contrarianism. The same thing Fox News does. You’re a tool being used to help the status quo to continue, congrats dumbass.

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Not as good as I remember it. He's not a very good rapper at this point, but less of a cock than later on. It's got loads of great beats but far too many skits etc

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Not my favorite still very good

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Not my style of music

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Some great hits and a few good deep tracks. Monster first album. Reminded me of when Kanye performed Jesus Walks at the Grammys almost 20 years ago- 🤯

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I'm just not a fan of chipmunk soul. The lyrics are great but the beats weren't the best. Spaceship is probably the standout track for me.

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Classic Kanye

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Kanye before his out of control ego, and all his BS. Somehow, this is Kanye at his most humble. It's a solid album, but somehow not his best work.

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Meno peggio della mia spocchiosita

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I never liked skits on albums. Actual songs are standard early 2000s hip hop.

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Not my favorite of his

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Never got on the Yeezy bandwagon. Thought I might struggle to get through this album, but I was wrong. Noteworthy tracks: Jesus Walks, Slow Jamz - can really hear the influence Kanye had on Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Kanye can be silly, but this is pretty good.

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Der Typ weiß auch wie man gute Songs schreibt. Und das weiß er auch...aber gibt mir trotzdem nix...

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Enjoyed the sampling on this album.

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decent

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Better than modern day Ye. However, the album feels too long. The great tunes are slightly lost amongst the average songs I did enjoy the final track setting out how Kanye became a rapper

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I don't like hip hop but this one was nice. a bit exhausting. Jesus walks is a good song.

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It was fine.

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Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I appreciated the variety in sound throughout the album, for me I’d probably give this a 3.5 if I could. Some songs I wouldn’t listen to again but some I would.

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Wasn't for me but had good variety

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Great samples and a couple of great songs, but the album is too long and loses its grip halfway through.

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Has some redeeming qualities; love the instrumentation for the beats, can't get enough of those strings. It does go on a bit though, with a lot of unique tracks albeit, but still a bit long for my taste, at a staggering hour and twelve minutes!

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Good

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I haven't listened to much Kanye so glad to have the opportunity to do so. From what I know though, this feels like a rough draft of the "Kanye sound". Lots of filler/skits and a bunch of tracks that don't need to exist, also maybe too many collabs but... when it's your debut using others as a hype-builder just makes sense. Production-wise it's quite good, pretty impressive a lot of this was on his own at parts, you can tell he is a perfectionist and I can appreciate it. I hope the next 2 albums are on here because from what I know they are a bit better.

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i mean it's okay but yeezus is better

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Not a fan of the guy, almost didn't listen, but I did like the album.

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Meh

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I wanted to give this a 1 or a 2. I really wanted to. However, I admit that while I don't like Kanye as a person or really like much Hip-Hop/Rap as a genre, this is not bad. Maybe pretty good. Some songs even slap! So, I am begrudgingly giving it a 3. If it had been trimmed up a bit and some of the lesser material (especially at the end) pulled out, it might have made it to a 4.

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Hey, this guy's pretty good! Who knew?!

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Bouncy and from a moment in time. Cohesive social commentary with enough little nuances in the lyrics to make you go back and listen. Kayne's struggles are wrapped in ego and hidden in plain sight.

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There are some good beats, good background singers. Thank goodness these songs are short. Some of the short "transition" songs are good like "I'll Fly Away". But it's not my cup of tea.

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All I really know about him is that he’s a celebrity-enabled psych case study. It seems to me that before he was so huge he really had some interesting things to say. I didn’t expect to save anything, but Spaceship did it for me. All Falls Down was excellent too. Even so, I guess even in this debut album he ran out of complexity a few tracks in. “Always said if I rapped, I’d say something significant. But now I’m rapping about money, hoes, and rims again.” Ok bud, very self aware but are you going to do anything about it? Jay-Z almost never has anything to say except how spiffy we ought to think he is, and that track seems to start the downturn. Workout, Slow Jamz, Breathe etc. sound nice but amount to nothing interesting. Through the Wire is a classic. Very mixed bag.

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Too long, but decent as background music.

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Kayne West loves Kayne West. And that really comes through. I hate to admit it’s not a bad album. Overall really easy to listen to.

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All I really know about him is that he’s a celebrity-enabled psych case study. It seems to me that before he was so huge he really had some interesting things to say. I didn’t expect to save anything, but Spaceship did it for me. All Falls Down was excellent too. Even so, I guess even in this debut album he ran out of complexity a few tracks in. “Always said if I rapped, I’d say something significant. But now I’m rapping about money, hoes, and rims again.” Ok bud, very self aware but are you going to do anything about it? Jay-Z almost never has anything to say except how spiffy we ought to think he is, and that track seems to start the downturn. Workout, Slow Jamz, Breathe etc. sound nice but amount to nothing interesting. Through the Wire is a classic. Very mixed bag.

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Wasn't terrible, but I struggled to get into the album overall, I'd say. I liked a few songs, and I can see the impact and significance this album has had on hip hop / rap since it came out.

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Letkeetä menoa ja parhaat biisit oli oikeesti hyviä ja palasi vuosien takaa mieleen. Kolmonen tuntuu olevan vähän alakanttiin kun vertaa mille kaikelle sitä on tullut jaettua, mutta ei silti millään täytä nelosen vaatimuksia.

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My first Kanye album. I liked it more than I thought I would, did has some great beats. Not my favorite hip hop album, but definitely a fun listen.

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Very creative and proves he's more than just a media clown. Will never listen again though.

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it's some hiphop. by Kanye. Fuck that guy. But other than that, it's listenable

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Ok, well, this was a lot less grating than "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". I guess I can see the appeal - even enjoyable in parts! Minus one star for Kanye being a knob, and "The New Workout Plan" being fricking awful. Fave track - "Jesus Walks"

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Kanye before he lost his damn mind. It's pretty enjoyable but Kanye isn't really the best rapper. There's some fun wordplay, it's not trying to be "hard", and a lot of the beats are great. The skits are even pretty good for the most part. And yet for some reason I'm just not super into it. I give it a 3, I think the follow up was better. It's a very strong 3 though.

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This was much better than I expected. I always had an (apparently incorrect) opinion on Kanye and his music. Most likely due to his “antics”. But, I knew Jesus Walks slapped and it turns out a lot of this album does too! Still not overly keen on the skits but the beats and rhymes were decent. 3.5/5

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I get the influence Kanye has. His role in hip-hop history. How he created a new lane, one that wasn't gangsta or conscious/backpacker when that was really all there was. I just don't think it's that great. Kanye was always pretty averagely rated as a vocalist and extremely overrated as a producer. He has some great moments, there are a few great songs on here, but people act like everything he touches turns to gold. There have been a number of producers who have done it better. Being an important historic footnote isn't necessarily and indicator of quality. This album is just average. For every Jesus Walks or Spaceship, there's a mediocre track like Workout Plan or Slow Jamz.

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*Not* one of the best Ye albums (for that early "college trilogy", *Late Registration* is certainly the strongest effort of the three), but this is how Kanye West came to be known for the wider world, and it's easy to understand why hip hop fans all over the world are still holding this album close to their heart. This record is mostly notable for two things: first, it broke the domination of gangster rap in the rap genre, and secondly, it promoted that "chipmunk soul" sound whose ripple effects can still be sensed today in the realm of "urban music". Too bad some of the songs and intentions are not fully formed yet. That being said, there are a few killer tracks on this record that are still holding out very well today, including that wonderful "Jesus Walks", with its unmistakable gospel stomp. It's not Ye-as-an-insane-genius yet. But it's still a worthwhile proposition. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 910 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 49 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 26 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 19

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Not bad

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Some pretty catchy songs but just way too long and too many skits

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Meh

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never got what's so great in kanye west, decent top40 music and hardly anything I can remember

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Meah. The singles were great but the rest of it I couldn’t get into.

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I expected it to be worse, it is quite smart. I definetly enjoyed the melodic songs more than the rap.

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I hate skits.

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Chato!

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Was not feeling this.

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Tiene alguna cosilla interesante, pero nada más

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OK, I guess. Don't care for it, but the genre's not my thing.

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Not a fan of Kanye, so this was a bit of  a struggle for me. Some ok songs, especially the ones with other on it,  Get Em High was good . Bit overall not for me at all!

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2/5 I thought there was something there, but eventually there wasn't

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Not my thing.

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Hmmm. Too long, some good bits, but too much.

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Didn’t hate it, just would never really listen to it

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I didn't find this as mind blowing as other people seem to.

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Loaded content, lots of emotions, but still not my preferred way if having them shared to me.

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Oh Boy 1 hour and 16 minutes of Kanye West. "Once more unto the breach" I guess. Starts off with some stumbling parody of a dialogue, already hate it. Okay I have to admit it has a good flow and rhythm to it.

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Rapping and production are decent. I still find Kanye unabearable.

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Eh, Kanye

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well, i'm glad this one's over. full disclosure: i've never cared for kanye. i'm sure this was super influential in its time, but christ is this guy a jackass. i suspect he's always been a jackass, and we're just seeing more of it now. i did love, just about a year after this album came out, when he went off-book during the fundraiser for katrina. his callout was spot-on, even if his delivery was kinda...dumb. but then just a few years later he hops up on stage to talk about how amazing beyonce is, and says god told him to do it..and then whatever happened after that. i did like school spirit. that was fun. but of course, it was a bit of a departure from the rest of the album. sigh.

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inte för mig men inte helt sämst

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Kanye heeft mij met dit album niet kunnen overtuigen. Dat het revolutionair was kan ik wel begrijpen

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meh

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Manchmal überraschend lustig und selbstironisch, sonst meh

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Oh dear Kanye, what did you do....? you gotta have some principles, that populist crap wasn't anywhere near in this his first album. Not to my taste and wouldn't be on my list.

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Niet mijn favoriete muziekstijl, maar wel interessant gebruik van samples

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I've photographed Kanye a couple of times and it was fun. Fun for the spectacle and ridiculousness of it all. Fun for 20 minutes but watching it afterwards it all became a bit boring. Inside this 21 track, 76 minute album, there's probably a fairly ok 10 track, 45 minute album trying to get out. At least half of this is just unnecessary.

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No oddio, ci sono due grossi malus: hip hop, ma soprattutto kanye west che mi sta sul cazzo. È orecchiabile ma mi fa venire il magone st'omo.

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Ok

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First of all, I dislike Kayne West, the person, his politics, his ego and his whole arrogant persona. Secondly, I dislike his music and I absolutely can't stand any "music" that overuses auto-tune, and for that matter, ANY music that uses auto-tune! Thirdly, I don't hate it as much as I could have, because there are some redeeming qualities to it as his full blown ego hasn't taken over yet. I haven't fully listened to any of his followup records, but they must be worst. Fourthly, anyone married (past or present) to a Kardashian gets minus (-) stars. Fifthly, the guy in the bear suit gets a star for looking how I feel after listening to this album.

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Tónlistin er ekki slæm. Röflið í mest pirrandi tónlistarmanni nútímans er slæmt. Þurfti að þræla mér í gegnum þetta.

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sounds ok, nothing worth remembering. simple Never Let Me Down stands out! Other songs feel filler

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Nope

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Already listened to it

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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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It had some good beats and some songs were pleasant to listen to. It also had some very annoying parts. Almost a 3, but that last song pissed me off enough to drop it to a 2. I'm sorry Kanye, I just don't care.

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The odd song was quite catchy but not a huge fan.

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Some of the background melody was alright and it’s not too “rappy” nevertheless I fail to see the attraction and I confess I gave up just after half way. I’m going to be mean 2 because it didn’t hurt my ears !

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Sounds like kid-friendly rap, fuckin ridiculous. And again, an album that i'm just not going to like goes for 76 minutes, while anything I do like goes for 35 tops. fuckin hell. 1/5.

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Nope. Found it tedious.

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It's difficult to "separate the art from the artist" when the artist's actions and words directly contradict what made their art great.

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Pas un grand fan de Kanye a la base. Je n'ai pas été capable de l'écouter au complet 😅

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Meh.

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Not a good album. Kanye has a boring flow/voice. The lyrics are not impressive. The instrumentals are over rated and boring. Over rated hot garbage

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not really my kind of music, i enjoyed some songs but wouldn't put it in my usual playlist

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not happening.

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Not my cup of tea

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Bland and dates

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One word, 3 letters, meh.

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Not for me.

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no thanks

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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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Production backing clearly has some interesting value, but Kanye just ruins it

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I know this is a music zeitgeist, but it's actually the first time I've listened to it. I bet cornrow SHACK was all over it. Not for me, Clive.

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skits, fucking skits. with my customary reduction of a star for skits this thing should be sat on 0 stars. i was hoping this would be so much better than it is considering it birthed a monster fame hungry dick head. its so dated. go on this link, this is what this album sounds like. https://www.becomegorgeous.com/fashion-style/celebrity_style/what-we-wore-10-years-ago-A13359

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Erm what else is there to say other than your a bellend

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no talent. meh

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Dull. No swing.

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I don't like it. At all. Couldn't finish it.

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I don’t Like this.

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Not my thing at all.

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LMAO

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This guy supports some weird stuff that makes his music sound horrible.

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Refuse to listen to Kanye. Boo Kanye.

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Zero stars. And to think that I thought that he sounded like garbage when he wasn't trying to be musical.

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Rap eu deixo tocando como se fosse um rádio estrado que eu não consigo mudar ou desligar.

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Nope

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Amazing!

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Amazing album already a fave of mine

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pas mal

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To my shame I don't think I've heard this all the way through since it was released. Great storytelling throughout - Kanye takes us on a journey through his world dropping club-ready bangers along the way. Looking forward to another listen before long.

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Done

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