Late Registration [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
And then, in a flash, Kanye was everywhere, transformed from respected producer to big-name producer/MC, throwing a fit at the American Music Awards, performing "Jesus Walks" at the Grammys, wearing his diamond-studded Jesus piece, appearing on the cover of Time, running his mouth 24/7. One thing that remains unchanged is Kanye's hunger, even though his head has swollen to the point where it could be separated from his body, shot into space, and considered a planet. Raised middle class, Kanye didn't have to hustle his way out of poverty, the number one key to credibility for many hip-hop fans, whether it comes to rapper turned rapping label presidents or suburban teens. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
And then, in a flash, Kanye was everywhere, transformed from respected producer to big-name producer/MC, throwing a fit at the American Music Awards, performing "Jesus Walks" at the Grammys, wearing his diamond-studded Jesus piece, appearing on the cover of Time, running his mouth 24/7. One thing that remains unchanged is Kanye's hunger, even though his head has swollen to the point where it could be separated from his body, shot into space, and considered a planet. Raised middle class, Kanye didn't have to hustle his way out of poverty, the number one key to credibility for many hip-hop fans, whether it comes to rapper turned rapping label presidents or suburban teens. And now that he has proved himself in another way, through his stratospheric success -- which also won him a gaggle of haters as passionate as his followers -- he doesn't want to be seen as a novelty whose ambitions have been fulfilled. On Late Registration, he finds himself backed into a corner, albeit as king of the mountain. It's a paradox, which is exactly what he thrives on. His follow-up to The College Dropout isn't likely to change the minds of the resistant. As an MC, Kanye remains limited, with all-too-familiar flows that weren't exceptional to begin with you could place a number of these rhymes over College Dropout beats. He uses the same lyrical strategies as well. Take lead single "Diamonds from Sierra Leone," in which he switches from boastful to rueful; more importantly, the conflict felt in owning blood diamonds will be lost on those who couldn't afford one with years of combined income. Even so, he can be tremendous as a pure writer, whether digging up uncovered topics as on "Diamonds" or spinning a clever line "Before anybody wanted K. West's beats, me and my girl split the buffet at KFC". The production approach, however, is rather different from the debut. Crude beats and drastically tempo-shifted samples are replaced with a more traditionally musical touch from Jon Brion Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, who co-produces with West on most of the tracks. Ironically, the Just Blaze-helmed "Touch the Sky" tops everything laid down by the pair, despite its heavy reliance on Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up." West and Brion are a good, if unlikely, match. Brion's string arrangements and brass flecks add a new dimension to West's beats without overshadowing them, and the results are neither too adventurous nor too conservative. While KRS-One was the first to proclaim, "I am hip-hop", Kanye West might as well be the first MC to boldly state, "I am pop." [A clean version of the album was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • UPC: 602498824030
  • Catalog Number: 000481402
  • Sales rank: 18,013

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wake Up Mr. West (0:41)
  2. 2 Heard 'Em Say (3:23)
  3. 3 Touch the Sky - Lupe Fiasco (3:57)
  4. 4 Gold Digger (3:28)
  5. 5 [Untitled Track] (0:33)
  6. 6 Drive Slow - GLC (4:32)
  7. 7 My Way Home (1:43)
  8. 8 Crack Music (4:31)
  9. 9 Roses - Game (4:05)
  10. 10 Bring Me Down (3:18)
  11. 11 Addiction (4:27)
  12. 12 [Untitled Track] (3:53)
  13. 13 Diamonds from Sierra Leone (0:31)
  14. 14 We Major (7:28)
  15. 15 [Untitled Track] (0:24)
  16. 16 Hey Mama - Really Doe (5:05)
  17. 17 Celebration (3:18)
  18. 18 [Untitled Track] (1:18)
  19. 19 Gone (6:02)
  20. 20 Diamonds from Sierra Leone [*} - Consequence (3:58)
  21. 21 Late (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kanye West Primary Artist
Richard Todd French Horn
Mathew Cooker Cello
Richard Dodd Cello
Dan Fornero Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Terry Glenny Violin
Gary Grant Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Victor Lawrence Cello
Bruce Otto Bass Trombone
Tom Tally Viola
Brad Warnaar French Horn
Susan Chatman Violin
Adam Levine Vocals
Julie Rogers Violin
Paul Wall Vocals
Eric Gorfain Violin
Andrew Martin Trombone
Daphne Chen Violin
Denise Briese Double Bass
Tom Craskey Keyboards
Dave Tozer Guitar
Alyssa Park Violin
Audrey Solomon Violin
Marisa Kuney Violin
Keyshia Cole Vocals
John Legend Vocals
Marda Todd Viola
GLC Track Performer
Really Doe Track Performer
Jason Torreano Double Bass
Amy Wickman Violin
Steven Holtman Trombone
David Sage Viola
Victoria Lanier Violin
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jon Brion Producer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Lorenz Hart Composer
R. Simmons Composer
Adam Levine Composer
C. Willis Composer
J.J. Barry Composer
Andrew Dawson Engineer
Darin Black Composer
Doug Joswick Package Production
Kanye West Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Eric Gorfain Orchestration
Warryn Campbell Producer
Just Blaze Producer
L.D. Harris Composer
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua Executive Producer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Tom Biller Engineer
Eric Weissman Sample Clearance
Brian Sumner Engineer
Ibn Jasper Groomer
Richard Reitz Engineer
Devo Springsteen Producer
Jayceon Taylor Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was alright

    I did like this c.d. but the beats to most of the songs didn't prove to me that Kanye West is the best(hey it rhymed).I loved the songs:Golddigger,Gone,Addiction and Diamonds from Sierra Leone. I think the whole c.d. should have the beats like these songs,that would make this album worth 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome! Go Kanye!

    This album is so awesome! My favorites are "Crack Music," and "Gold Digger." "Crack Music," is an awesome song with a hot beat, and with The Game on that song, it makes it greater. I'm addicted to that song. "Gold Digger," is an awesome song, as everyone should know, since it's one of his singles. Other great songs are "Heard Em Say," "Touch The Sky," "Addiction," both Diamonds From Sierra Leone songs, (the original and the remix feat. Jay-Z) and "Hey Mama." If you haven't picked it up, go pick it up NOW because this album is awesome. I think this is the 2nd best album of 2005, behind 50 Cent's album "The Massacre," but still, PICK UP "LATE REGISTRATION!"

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