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Format: CD
Sku: 60625316
UPC: 602498617397
UPC 14: 00602498617397
Release Date: 2/10/2004
Sales Rank: 3407
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro ~ Kanye West
2. We Don't Care ~ Kanye West
3. Graduation Day ~ Kanye West
4. All Falls Down - (featuring Syleena Johnson) ~ Kanye West
5. I'll Fly Away ~ Kanye West
6. Spaceship - (featuring GLC/Consequence) ~ Kanye West
7. Jesus Walks ~ Kanye West
8. Never Let Me Down - (featuring Jay-Z/J-Ivy) ~ Kanye West
9. Get Em High - (featuring Talib Kweli/Common) ~ Kanye West
10. Workout Plan ~ Kanye West
11. New Workout Plan, The ~ Kanye West
12. Slow Jamz - (featuring Twista/Jamie Foxx) ~ Kanye West
13. Breathe In Breathe Out - (featuring Ludacris) ~ Kanye West
14. School Spirit Skit 1 ~ Kanye West
15. School Spirit ~ Kanye West
16. School Spirit 2 ~ Kanye West
17. Lil Jimmy Skit ~ Kanye West
18. Two Words - (featuring Mos Def/Freeway/Harlem Boys Choir) ~ Kanye West
19. Through The Wire ~ Kanye West
20. Family Business ~ Kanye West
21. Last Call ~ Kanye West
 
Kanye West, the Chi-town producer/rapper who's crafted hits for Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Jay-Z, and Twista, centers his disc on a familiar rags-to-riches motif, but like Will Smith before him, he adds his own black middle-class sensibility to it. "School Spirit" pokes fun at all the college-educated flunkies who didn't follow their dreams. The College Dropout is a must-hear lesson in turning personal triumph into banging hip-hop with universal appeal.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Producers: Kanye West, Brian Miller, Miri Ben-Ari.
Muze PNote 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, Consequence, The Boys Choir of Harlem (vocals); Eric Johnson (guitar); Miri Ben-Ari (violin); Josh Zandman (piano); Keith Slattery (keyboards); Bosko (talk box); Tracie Spencer (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Manny Marroquin.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Arranger: Miri Ben-Ari.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Engineer: Keith Slattery; Anthony Kilhoffer; Carlisle Young; Andrew Dawson; Eugene Toale; Rich Balmer; Jacob Andrew; Brent Kolatalo; Jason Rauhoff; Marcus Fuller; Francis Graham; Tatsuya Sato; Michael Eleopoulos; Dave Dar

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Syleena Johnson
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z
Muze Guest Artist Common
Muze Guest Artist Talib Kweli
Muze Guest Artist Twista
Muze Guest Artist Jamie Foxx
Muze Guest Artist Ludacris
Muze Guest Artist Mos Def
Muze Guest Artist The Boys Choir of Harlem
Muze Guest Artist Consequence
Muze Guest Artist GLC
Muze Guest Artist J-Ivy
Muze Guest Artist Freeway

Artist Overview

Kanye West first gained fame as an acclaimed hip-hop producer, working with Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Mase, and others. West's solo debut was delayed due to a serious car accident, but when THE COLLEGE DROPOUT finally appeared in 2004, it took the hip-hop world by storm with its combination of old-school R&B samples, inventive contemporary production, and clever rhymes. And while West continued to churn out hot tracks for a bevy of artists, popping up in the credits of what seemed to be an impossible number of CDs, he was still able to continue his run of critically and commercially successful releases, 2005's LATE REGISTRATION and 2007's GRADUATION, and become the undisputed King of Hip-Hop in the '00s.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Quality (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Neighborhood Watch (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kamikaze (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Be (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Doctor's Advocate (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Doctor's Advocate(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Gospel According To Patti Labelle
Muze Music Compilations Shine
Muze Music Compilations Exclusive (forever Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations We Global(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We Global
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail [PA]
Muze Music Compilations Universal Mind Control (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations In A Perfect World
Muze Music Compilations Evolver
Muze Music Compilations The Best Of NOW That's What I Call Music - 10th Anniversary Edition
Muze Music Compilations Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement
Muze Music Compilations Lethal Squad Mixtapes Dose #3
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 10
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits 2
Muze Music Compilations Love Vs Money(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Damita Jo (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon:End Of Day (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon:End Of Day
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Ultraviolet(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultraviolet(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra 2010
Muze Music Compilations Now 32
Muze Music Compilations Death Of Adam(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hfm2 (Hunger For More 2)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Finally Famous:album
Muze Music Compilations Finally Famous:album(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music 38
Muze Music Compilations Finally Famous(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations VIRTUOSITY(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Bling Ring (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations HONEST(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits 3
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Madonna-Sticky and Sweet Tour
Muze Music Compilations Love Life Loyalty(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Boys Allowed(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 12
Muze Music Compilations Dance Mix Usa (Continuous Dj Mix)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday
Muze Music Compilations Fear Of God:let Us Pray(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations HONEST(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Estelle
J. Period
G.O.O.D. Music: Remixed and Unreleased [PA] ~ J. Period
Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [PA] ~ Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [Deluxe Edition] [PA] [Digipak] ~ Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [Clean Version] ~ Jay-Z
Jay-Z vs. Kanye West: Head To Head [Box] ~ Jay-Z

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/10/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9861739
Music Label Name Label : Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498617397

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."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   West,Kanye
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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