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Format: CD
Sku: 63991851
UPC: 602498824016
UPC 14: 00602498824016
Release Date: 8/30/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Wake Up Mr. West ~ Kanye West
2. Heard 'Em Say - (featuring Maroon 5/Adam Levine) ~ Kanye West
3. Touch The Sky - (featuring Lupe Fiasco) ~ Kanye West
4. Gold Digger - (featuring Jamie Foxx) ~ Kanye West
5. Skit #1 ~ Kanye West
6. Drive Slow - (featuring Paul Wall/GLC) ~ Kanye West
7. My Way Home ~ Kanye West
8. Crack Music ~ Kanye West
9. Roses ~ Kanye West
10. Bring Me Down ~ Kanye West
11. Addiction ~ Kanye West
12. Skit #2 ~ Kanye West
13. Diamonds From Sierra Leone - (remix) ~ Kanye West
14. We Major - (featuring Nas/Really Doe) ~ Kanye West
15. Skit #3 ~ Kanye West
16. Hey Mama ~ Kanye West
17. Celebration ~ Kanye West
18. Skit #4 ~ Kanye West
19. Gone - (featuring Consequence/Cam'Ron) ~ Kanye West
20. Diamonds From Sierra Leone - (Bonus Track) ~ Kanye West
21. Late ~ Kanye West
With Late Registration, Dr. West has indeed delivered the medicine. And once again, he did the only way he can: with honesty, humor and his conviction in continuing to prove himself by making great music. Enlisting composer/producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann) to lend his skills to the album's production, West's newest offering is a big album in every sense of the word. His trademark sample-based arrangements have expanded to include live instrumentation. West has always been an artist who challenges not only himself, but his audience and his fellow musicians with new ideas and new ways of expressing the joys and sorrows of life through music. Late Registration does just that as it takes down avenues and alleyways filled with sound and vision.

Throughout, Late Registration's sheer depth of musicality is what's most impressive. Dark and eerie at times, uplifting in others - tracks like "Touch The Sky" and "Celebration" come to mind--the album finds Kanye at once madly in love with hip-hop music, and fighting with it like a lover scorned - trying to push it's boundaries, to see how far it will go. A daunting task, indeed. But it seems as though West--as stressed as he is--is more than up to the task.

"A dynamic piece of work.   E! Online
"[An] even more ambitious, superbly crafted follow-up.  Los Angeles Times
" undeniable triumph, packed front to back, so expansive it makes the debut sound like a rough draft.  Rolling Stone

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Kanye West (vocals); Common, Consequence, GLC , Plain Pat, Jamie Foxx, Jay-Z, Adam Levine, John Legend, Keyshia Cole, Nas, Paul Wall , Game, Cam'ron, Lupe Fiasco, Really Doe, Deray, Tony "Penafire" Williams, Don C., Brandy, Charlie Wilson (vocals); Dave Tozer (guitars); Ervin Pope, Tom Craskey (keyboards); Keenan "Keynote" Holloway (bass guitar); Michele Gondry (drums); A-Trak (scratches).
Muze PNote Rapper/producer Kanye West's second album, LATE REGISTRATION, incredibly lives up to expectations following his universally acclaimed debut, THE COLLEGE DROPOUT, which took the art of sampling to a new plateau. Here, for example, "Gold Digger" features a sample of the legendary Ray Charles alongside actor Jamie Foxx in Oscar-reprising character as Charles. "Addiction" pairs a frenetic African beat with a stuttering, singular use of a snippet of Etta James crooning "My Funny Valentine," while "Diamonds From the Sierra Leone" teams the majestic Bond glory of Shirley Bassey's "Diamonds Are Forever" with perfectly subtle Miami bass to explosive effect. All the while, West pulls lyrics out of his rhyme bag at a fever pitch, tackling hefty topics like civil war in Africa and the impact of drugs on leading Black minds.
Muze PNote Throughout the album, West merely continues to perfect his craft, slowing tracks down and speeding them up into an awe-inspiring mosaic. While his MC style is often discounted as being of secondary importance, he shines when put up against the best in the game, as with Common on the bluesy "My Way Home" or Nas on the lush "We Major." And in the spirit of Bob Dylan, West knows how to make the most of a very original voice. LATE REGISTRATION is ample proof of West's staying power.

Producer: Jon Brion; Kanye West; Warryn Campbell; Devo Springsteen

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Jamie Foxx
Muze Guest Artist Adam Levine
Muze Guest Artist Maroon 5
Muze Guest Artist Lupe Fiasco
Muze Guest Artist GLC
Muze Guest Artist Paul Wall
Muze Guest Artist Nas
Muze Guest Artist Really Doe
Muze Guest Artist Consequence
Muze Guest Artist Cam'Ron

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 Blueprint 2.1 (Clean Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Damita Jo (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Be (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Doctor's Advocate(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Shine
Muze Music Compilations Exclusive (forever Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We Global(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We Global
Muze Music Compilations In A Perfect World
Muze Music Compilations Evolver
Muze Music Compilations Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 10
Muze Music Compilations Love Vs Money(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits 3
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 Ultra 2010
Muze Music Compilations Just Dance Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail [PA]
Muze Music Compilations VIRTUOSITY(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Madonna-Sticky and Sweet Tour
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday
Muze Music Compilations No Boys Allowed(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy(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 Fear Of God:let Us Pray(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(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 HONEST(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Honest
Muze Music Compilations INTUITION(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations VIBES(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring
Muze Music Compilations Kiss The Ring(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 12
Muze Music Compilations DARK SKY PARADISE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DARK SKY PARADISE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Clean)

Associated Artists and Works

J. Period
G.O.O.D. Music: Remixed and Unreleased [PA] ~ J. Period
Watch the Throne [PA] ~ Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [Deluxe Edition] [PA] [Digipak] ~ Jay-Z
Watch the Throne [Clean Version] ~ Jay-Z
Kid, DJ Whoo

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/30/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0004813
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (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 : 00602498824016

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (No. 982, p.110)
- 5 stars out of 5 - "...LATE REGISTRATION is an undeniable triumph, packed front to back, so expansive it makes the debut sound like a rough draft...."

Spin (p.65)
- Ranked #1 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2005" - "'Gold Digger' is the best kind of hip-hop hit: relentless, obnoxious, too smart and self-deprecating and laugh-out-loud funny..."

Spin (pp.99-100)
- "West showcases a more versatile, eccentric flow than on DROPOUT..." - Grade: B

Entertainment Weekly (p.140)
- Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's 'Top Ten Records of the Year' -- West works on a commandingly large canvas. Hip-hop, not to mention pop, rarely sounds this surprising, panoramic, and irresistible."

Entertainment Weekly (No. 837, p.77)
- "West thinks creatively, not just monetarily; he has an artist's head and heart...[LATE REGISTRATION] rarely fails to engross at every step." - Grade: B

Uncut (p.88)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "Nobody deploys vocal samples better than West..."

The Wire (p.41)
- Included in The Wire's "2005 Rewind: 50 Records Of The Year."

Mojo (Publisher)
- Ranked #10 in Mojo's "Top Ten Urban Albums Of 2005."

The Guardian 9 of 10
The music offers further evidence of how far outside rap's usual strictures West operates. OutKast aside, mainstream hip-hop doesn't really do ambiguity or irony, but just as West's arrogance occasionally appears to be a protracted joke, Late Registration finds him in thrillingly subversive form, working in the production booth to undercut tracks' messages and shifting their meanings.

Pitchfork 9 of 10
The sprawling Late Registration is the year's most accomplished rap album, and in turn, he's done something that his heroes-- the Pharcyde and Nas, and father figure Jay-Z-- couldn't do: deliver on a promise the second time around.


Kanye West

No matter who you are or where you lived in 2004 - if you owned a radio, television, computer or CD player, you felt Kanye West's presence. Since the release of his 3 million selling, critically acclaimed-debut The College Dropout, the Chicago-born 27 year old rapper/producer/hip-hop icon has been at the top of the charts and at the top of his game. From the red carpet of the 47th Grammys - where he topped all nominees with a historic ten nods and took home awards for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best R&B song - to the millions of albums sold, a sold-out stadium tour with Usher, and his ubiquitous presence on MTV, BET, CNN, and radio stations nationwide, West grew from being an artist to watch to an artist you experience.

Since stepping out from behind the production booth that birthed chart-topping hits like "Izzo (H.O.V.A.), "Get By", "Stand Up" and "You Don't Know My Name" for marquee artists such as Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Ludacris and Alicia Keys to focus on his tremendous talents as a lyricist and songwriter, West has proven himself to be the most vital artist in hip-hop today.

After co-producing tracks for Harlem World and the Mad Rapper at the tender age of 20, West caught his break when the heads of A&R at Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records--Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua and G. Roberson - were blown away by his soulful approach to hip-hop production. Even back then, West's unique talent made him stand out above the crowd. His use of vintage R&B samples and live instrumentation gave his work a warmth and emotional honesty that wasn't to be found anywhere else at the time.

While his early work suggested greatness, it was on Jay-Z's now-classic The Blueprint that West first achieved it in a major way. Drawing from the Jackson 5 ("Izzzo (H.O.V.A)), the Doors ("Takeover") and the Temptations' David Ruffin ("Never Change"), West created the soulful yet gritty sound behind Jay's best tracks that his imitators (whose numbers would grow with each release) are still trying to copy today. But like any true original, West was in a league of his own--creating the future of hip-hop as he dug back in time with his unique samples to connect the past with the present in a brand new way. Before long, West was being hailed as the future of hip-hop.

West's groundbreaking work with Jay-Z made him the most in-demand producer in the game and as word spread of the "wonderkid from Chi-town," he would produce hits for some of its biggest stars: Talib Kweli, Cam'ron, Scarface - the list went on and on. Already having signed Kanye to their production company, Hip-Hop Since 1978 (formerly Roc The World), Hip-Hop and G secured a deal at Roc-A-Fella for West as a recording artist. Now recognized as a fiercely talented producer and MC, it seemed as though nothing could stop West - until an auto accident in October of 2002 turned his world, and the hip-hop world he was conquering one hit at a time, upside down.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   West,Kanye
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
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