College Dropout (Clean) CD (2004)

Artist: Kanye West

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60625342
UPC 602498617403
UPC 14 00602498617403
Format CD
Release Date 2/10/2004
Author Kanye West
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Associated Artist/Work Estelle
Associated Artist/Work J. Period
Associated Artist/Work Jay-Z
Associated Artist/Work Kid, DJ Whoo
Associated Artist/Work Sean, Big
Associated Artist/Work Williams, Pharrell
Technical Info
Engineer Keith Slattery; Anthony Kilhoffer; Carlisle Young; Andrew Dawson; Eugene Toale; Rich Balmer; Jacob Andrew; Brent Kolatalo; Jason Rauhoff; Marcus Fuller; Francis Graham; Rabeka Tuinei; Gimel Keaton; Tatsuya Sato; Michael Eleopoulos; Dave Dar
CatalogID 20350
Lable Name Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Released 02/10/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 76m : 11s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498617403
Musical Guests
Syleena Johnson
Talib Kweli
Jamie Foxx
Mos Def
The Boys Choir of Harlem
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Kanye West, CLC, Consequence, Jay-Z, J. Ivy, Talib Kweli, Twista, Ludacris, Mos Def, Freeway (rap vocals); Jamie Foxx (spoken vocals); The Harlem Boys Choir, Syleena Johnson (background vocals).
Producers: Kanye West, Brian Miller, Miri Ben-Ari.
Composer: Miri Ben-Ari.
Personnel: Ken Lewis (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, percussion, sampler); John Legend (vocals, piano, background vocals); Tarey Torae, Tiera Singleton, Lavel Mena, Aisha Tyler, Tony Williams , Thomassina Atkins, Kevin Shannon, Candis Brown, Brandi Kuykenvall, Beverly A. McCargo, Dray, The Boys Choir of Harlem (vocals); Jeffrey Glenn, Eric Johnson (guitar); Miri Ben-Ari (violin); Josh Zandman (piano); Keith Slattery (keyboards); Bosko (talk box); Tracie Spencer (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Mike Dean .
Recording information: Baseline Recording, New York, NY; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Digital Insight, Las Vegas, NV; Edie Road Recording Studio, Argyle, NY; Full Time Dreamer Studios; Larrabee Sound North, Los Angeles, CA; Light @ The End Of The Tunnel, New York, NY; Quad Recordings, New York, NY; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; The Enterprise, Burbank, CA; the Record Plant, Hollywood, CA.
Unknown Contributor Roles: James "JT" Knight; Diamond Alabi Isama; Terrence "T-Berry" Hardy.
For most artists who are discovered behind the mixing boards, making the transfer from producer to MC proves a daunting task. Fortunately for Kanye West, his verbal skills more than rise to the challenge of his consistently superior beats. A sprawling concept record that tackles issues of everyday life with wisecracking humor and unexpected honesty, THE COLLEGE DROPOUT confirms West's status as one of hip-hop's most refreshing voices.
The leadoff single, "Through the Wire," perfectly exemplifies West's distinct vision. Recorded while his jaws were still wired shut after a near-fatal car accident, West hilariously reflects upon his predicament over a sped-up Chaka Khan sample. Other songs address potentially somber topics--ghetto life ("We Don't Care"), religion ("Jesus Walks"), and family turmoil ("Family Business")--yet somehow retain a truly hopeful spirit. Although THE COLLEGE DROPOUT features top-notch cameos from Talib Kweli, Common, Mos Def, Freeway, Jay-Z, Ludacris, and Twista, it's clearly West's show.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (3/4/04, p.63) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "West has something to prove on DROPOUT....His ace in the hole is his cozy sound - dusty soul samples, gospel hymns, drums that pop as if hit for the very first time."
Rolling Stone (p.153) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "[T]he red-hot producer delivered a solo debut that partied all over its contradictions..."
Spin (p.68) - Ranked #1 in Spin's "40 Best Albums of the Year" - "He is witty, provocative, and intensely devoted..."
Entertainment Weekly (2/13/04, p.71) - "[H]is surprising debut disc is the most impressive hip-hop CD of the young year....[T]he Chicago native shuns hip-hop's tired SCARFACE iconography for a broad topicality..." - Rating: A-
Uncut (5/04, p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "West's rhymes are wry, witty, warm and unswervingly self-aware."
Uncut (p.75) - Ranked #12 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[H]e leavens the swagger and bling of hip hop with lyrics that are wry, witty and aware."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The numerous guests never out-shine their host's vocals, meaning this is one drop-out graduating near the top of his class."
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 We Don't Care
3 Graduation Day
4 All Falls Down - (featuring Syleena Johnson)
5 I'll Fly Away
6 Spaceship - (featuring GLC/Consequence)
7 Jesus Walks
8 Never Let Me Down - (featuring Jay-Z/J-Ivy)
9 Get Em High - (featuring talib Kweli/Common)
10 Workout Plan
11 New Workout Plan, The
12 Slow Jamz - (featuring Twista/Jamie Foxx)
13 Breathe In Breathe Out - (featuring Ludacris)
14 School Spirit - (Skit 1)
15 School Spirit
16 School Spirit - (Skit 2)
17 Lil Jimmy - (Skit)
18 Two Words - (featuring Mos Def/Freeway/Harlem Boys Choir)
19 Through The Wire
20 Family Business
21 Last Call
Product Attributes
Artist West,Kanye
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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