Label: Roc-A-Fella Records - 9862672 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: Malaysia • Genre: Hip Hop • Style: RnB/Swing
In the years leading up to release, West had received praise for his production work for rappers such as Jay-Z and Talib Kwelibut faced difficulty being accepted as Flowing - Chuck Daar - Bitter artist in his own right by figures in the music industry. Intent on pursuing a solo career, he signed a record deal with Roc-A-Fella and recorded the album over a period Never Let Me Down - Kanye West - The College Dropout four years, beginning in Diverging from the then-dominant gangster persona in hip hop, West's lyrics concern themes of family, self-consciousnessmaterialismreligion, racism, and higher education.
The College Dropout debuted at number two on the US Billboardsellingcopies in its first week of sales. It was a large-scale commercial success, becoming West's best-selling album in the United States, with domestic sales of over 3.
A widespread critical success, The College Dropout was praised for West's production, humorous and emotional raps, and the music's balance of self-examination and mainstream sensibilities. It has since been named by TimeRolling Stoneand other publications as one of the greatest albums of all time and credited for popularizing the chipmunk soul and conscious rap subgenres in the s.
Kanye West began his early production career in the mids, making beats primarily for burgeoning local artists, eventually developing a style that involved speeding up vocal samples from classic soul records.
For a time, he acted as a ghost producer for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie. Although he had attained success as a producer, Kanye West aspired to be a rapper, but had struggled to attain a record deal. In(dig)nação - Skank - Mega HitsWest's colleague, later admitted that Roc-A-Fella was initially reluctant to support West as a rapper, claiming that many saw him as a producer first and foremost, and that his background contrasted with that of his labelmates.
West's breakthrough came a year later on October 23,when, while driving home from a California recording studio after working late, he fell asleep at the wheel and was involved in a near-fatal car crash.
The accident inspired West; two weeks after being admitted to a hospital, he recorded a song at the Record Plant with his jaw still wired shut. Don't let society tell you, 'This is what you have to do. West began recording The College Dropout intaking four years to complete.
According to John Monopoly, West's friend, manager and business partner, the album " He's been gathering beats for years. He was always producing with the intention of being a rapper. There's beats on the album he's been literally saving for himself for years". At one point, West hovered between making a portion of the production in the studio and the majority within his own apartment in Newark, New Jersey. Because it Bad Boys Are Here - Peer Günt - Years On The Road a two-bedroom apartment, West was able to set up a home studio in one of the rooms and his bedroom in the other.
West brought with him to the studio a Louis Vuitton backpack filled with old disks and demos to the studio, producing tracks in less than fifteen minutes at a time. He recorded the remainder of the album in Los Angeles while recovering from the car accident.
Once he had completed the album, it was leaked months before its release date. As a result, certain tracks originally destined for the album were subsequently retracted, among them "Keep the Receipt" with Ol' Dirty Bastard and "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" with Consequence.
The song "School Spirit" was censored for the album because Aretha Franklin would not allow the rapper to sample her music without censorship being Lost Tapes In African Loops - Reflection - Transparent. Pat said in reference to the Franklin sample: "That song would have been so weak if we didn't get that sample cleared".
West finished recording around Decemberaccording to his older cousin and singer Tony Williamswho was recruited by the rapper two weeks before the album's deadline to contribute vocals. Williams had impressed West by singing improvisations to " Spaceship " during one of their drives together. The Komşu Kızı - Çelik - Best Of Çelik later recounted recording with West at the Record Plant: "I get in, go in the booth, start vibing out on 'Spaceship' and finished it up.
At that point he was like, 'Ok, Well let me see what you do on this song. Then we did the 'I'll Fly Away' join". The College Dropout diverged from the then-dominant gangster persona in hip hop in favor of more diverse, topical subjects for the lyrics.
West taunts everyone who didn't believe in him: teachers, record executives, police officers, even his former boss at the Gap ". Just think about whatever you've been through in the past week, and I Never Let Me Down - Kanye West - The College Dropout a song about that on my album". The album begins with a skit featuring a college professor asking West to deliver a graduation speech.
The skit is followed by "We Don't Care" featuring West comically celebrating drug life with lines like "We wasn't supposed to make it past 25, joke's on you, we still alive" and then criticizing its influence amongst children. On " All Falls Down ", West wages an attack on consumerism.
The lyrics are mostly critical of the working world, where West muses about flying away in a spaceship to leave his boring job, and guest rappers GLC and Consequence add comparisons to modern day retail environment with slavery.
On " Jesus Walks ", West professes his belief in Jesus, while also discussing how religion is used by various people and how the media seems to avoid songs that address matters of faith while embracing compositions on violence, sex, and drugs.
The song features Jay-Z, who rhymes about maintaining status and power given his chart success, while West comments on racism and poverty. Ivy who offers comments of upliftment. The album's title is in part a reference to West's decision to drop out of college to pursue his dream of becoming a musician.
She later said, "It was drummed into my head that college is the ticket to a good Never Let Me Down - Kanye West - The College Dropout For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you".
The artwork for the album was developed by Eric Duvauchelle, who was then part of Roc-A-Fella's in-house brand design team. West had already taken pictures dressed as the Dropout Bear - which would reappear in his later work - and Duvauchelle picked the image of him sitting on a set of bleachersas he was attracted to the loneliness of what was supposed to be "the most popular representation of a school". The image is framed inside gold ornaments, which Duvauchelle found in a book of illustrations from the 16th-century and West wanted to use to "bring a sense O L D M O M S - Melt Jams elegance and style to what was typically a gangster-led image of rap artists ".
The inside cover follows a college yearbookwith photos of the featured artists of the albums from their youth. Father And Son - Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman College Dropout was originally scheduled for release in Augustbut West's perfectionist habits producing the album led to it being postponed three times.
It was first delayed to Octoberthen to Januarybefore finally being released to stores on February 10, In its first week of release, the album soldcopies and debuted at number two on the US Billboard chart, being held off the top spot by Norah Jones ' second studio album Feels Like Home.
The College Dropout was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacriticwhich assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 87, based on 25 reviews. ClubNathan Rabin observed in the music "substance, social commentary, righteous anger, ornery humanism, dark humor, and even Christianity", calling it "one of those wonderful crossover albums that appeal to a huge audience without sacrificing a shred of integrity".
Some reviewers were more qualified in their praise. Rolling Stone ' s Jon Caramanica felt that "West isn't quite MC enough to hold down the entire disc", though claimed that West's "ace in the hole is his signature cozy sound",  while Slant Magazine ' s Sal Cinquemani observed "too many guest artists, too many interludes, and just too many songs period" on what he considered a "chest-beatingly self-congratulatory" yet humorous, deeply sincere, and affecting record.
InPitchfork named it No. The College Dropout sparked a resurgence of socially conscious rap in the mid s,  arriving at a time when pop-rap was saturated with songs featuring product placement and intensely violent lyrics, epitomized by rappers like 50 CentNellyJa RuleLudacrisRona - Alabina Featuring Ishtar* & Los Niños De Sara* - Alabína - The Album P.
RZA might have birthed chipmunk soul, and Black Star perfected smart lyricism for the JanSport bunch, but 'Ye brought all that to the masses in one single, digestible product, breaking down the divisions between mainstream rap and Rawkus -grade consciousness. With the album, West began to develop a following of listeners who could not relate to lyrics glorifying gangster lifestyle but still enjoyed rap music and connected more with his musings on family and love. I Never Let Me Down - Kanye West - The College Dropout uncertain of my future.
Credits adapted from liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the article on dropping out of college, see Dropping out. Kanye West. The track is representative of his production style, in which he samples and speeds up sections from classic soul records and uses them to create melodic hooks.
As a young black kid, especially one who got to walk the line between some dangerous environments and some much better ones, Kanye was this beautiful means to be true to both sides of me. I remember listening to The College Dropout on the bus from a Leadership Broward event where I was selected as one of the leaders of tomorrow or whatever.
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