Album Spotlight: Kanye West “The College Dropout”
Mr. West has come a long way from his College Dropout days, but then again hip hop has come a long way since then and many the directions the genre has taken in the last ten years have been care of Mr. West. Recently I’ve been listening to Kanye West’s amazing debut The College Dropout again and even though it doesn’t sound much like commercial hip hop right now, it still sounds all kinds of super duper fresh. The master of the sped up soul sample and a string section, ‘Ye came big with his debut, holding his own with some of Hip Hop’s greatest Hov, Common and Mos Def.
I played this album constantly back in 2004 and trying to pick out just one stand out track is hard, I think of Never Let Me Down with Jay-Z and then I think of Spaceship featuring future G.O.O.D music family members GLC and Consequence, then up pops All Falls Down, Two Words, We Don’t Care, Family Business, Last Call, the epic Jesus Walks, the smooth as Slow Jamz and the tongue in cheek The New Workout Plan.
Kanye reinvents himself like Madonna every album and goes left when everyone was trying to go right like he did before, but this debut is a classic and beautiful to visit again.
I mean the guy spit through a jaw that was wired shut and came out with this…
If you haven’t got it already grab The College Dropout here