Late Registration [Explicit Lyrics]

( 32 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Surpassing the simultaneously spiritual and comical material on his Grammy-winning debut, The College Dropout, might've seemed like an impossible feat. But that's exactly what rapper and producer Kanye West does with Late Registration. On his sophomore follow-up, West ups the ante with co-production from film composer and Fiona Apple producer Jon Brion, who helps the cocky MC inject his instrumentals with a sense of grandeur, thanks to a vast array of instruments atypical of Jay-Z-cosigned concoctions. Wistful xylophones and saxophones anchor the Nas-assisted anthem of empowerment "We Major," lending the track a jazzy feel that's further evident on the melancholy "Addiction." Equally adept at body-rockers, West ...
See more details below
CD
$9.61
BN.com price
(Save 3%)$9.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $6.97   
  • Used (14) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Surpassing the simultaneously spiritual and comical material on his Grammy-winning debut, The College Dropout, might've seemed like an impossible feat. But that's exactly what rapper and producer Kanye West does with Late Registration. On his sophomore follow-up, West ups the ante with co-production from film composer and Fiona Apple producer Jon Brion, who helps the cocky MC inject his instrumentals with a sense of grandeur, thanks to a vast array of instruments atypical of Jay-Z-cosigned concoctions. Wistful xylophones and saxophones anchor the Nas-assisted anthem of empowerment "We Major," lending the track a jazzy feel that's further evident on the melancholy "Addiction." Equally adept at body-rockers, West invites Jamie Foxx to revisit his Ray Charles impersonation on "Gold Digger," while an enthusiastic 20-piece orchestra gets the party started on "Celebration." Although production remains West's forte, his rhyme skills and storytelling have noticeably improved. He displays surprising social insight on "Crack Music" "Crack raised the murder rate in D.C. and Maryland / We invested in that / It's like we got Merrill Lynched", but Kanye saves his strongest lyrics for the Otis Redding–sampled "Gone," ending the cut with a verse heavy in signature self-assurance: "I'm-a open up a store for aspiring MCs / Won't sell them a dream, but the inspiration is free." Late Registration cements West's superstar stature and justifies his arrogance. Amid a sea of mainstream hip-hop mediocrity, the thoughtful and entertaining Late Registration arrives right on time. Matt Barone
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."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • UPC: 602498824016
  • Catalog Number: 000481302
  • Sales rank: 24,095

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 - Game (4:31)
  9. 9 Roses (4:05)
  10. 10 Bring Me Down (3:18)
  11. 11 Addiction (4:27)
  12. 12 [Untitled Track] (0:31)
  13. 13 Diamonds from Sierra Leone (3:53)
  14. 14 We Major - Really Doe (7:28)
  15. 15 [Untitled Track] (0:24)
  16. 16 Hey Mama (5:05)
  17. 17 Celebration (3:18)
  18. 18 [Untitled Track] (1:18)
  19. 19 Gone - Consequence (6:02)
  20. 20 Diamonds from Sierra Leone (3:58)
  21. 21 Late (3:50)
Read More Show Less

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
Tony Williams Vocals
Charlie Wilson Vocals
Susan Chatman Violin
Adam Levine Vocals
Julie Rogers Violin
Paul Wall Vocals
Ervin Pope Keyboards
Eric Gorfain Violin
Andrew Martin Trombone
Strings Vocals
Daphne Chen Violin
Denise Briese Double Bass
Piotr Jandula Viola
Tom Craskey Keyboards
Dave Tozer Guitar
Alyssa Park Violin
Francis Senger Double Bass
Audrey Solomon Violin
Marisa Kuney Violin
Keyshia Cole Vocals
John Legend Vocals
Marda Todd Viola
GLC Track Performer
Really Doe Track Performer
Deray Vocals
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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 32 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(21)

4 Star

(6)

3 Star

(3)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 32 Customer Reviews
  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Loved it

    Mt favorite Kanye album so far, it is great all the way through. Some really great featured artists that just kick it up a notch. I like Gold Digger with Jamie Foxx, Touch the Sky with Lupe Fiasco, and Heard Em' Say with Adam Levine from Maroon 5. Fan of Kanye or not, you won't be disappointed.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MHD LIfe & Rhymes of Kanye West

    What can I say. I'm more surprised that anyone. I was channel surfing and came across Kanye on MHD - Life & Rhymes of Kanye West. All I can say is, the song "Hey Mama" brought tears to my eyes. After that, I could not change the channel. This guy has talent and I like his message. Surprising, because i'm 35 and grew up on the Eagles and Van Halen.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wake Up Mr. West!!!

    Okay okay...I've decided to give my spin on this album. I was never really a Kanye West fan before "Late Registration." I liked "Through The Wire," but I payed no attention to anything else being that I am more into hardcore rap. I picked up the CD by chance and as I began to listen, I began to appreciate Kanye's unique style. I was highly imressed by his talent and lyrical content. The thing I like about Kanye is that he truly has things to say...most of these rappers out here talk about things they've never done or the same things we've heard a decade before. Kanye makes you sit down and think about real issues while he still brings worthwhile music to you. The beat production was so amazing on nearly every track. I'm headed out to check on "The College Dropout." Maybe I missed soemthing his first time around...

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    he's a little to cocky just because of this

    O.K. all admit it there're a cupple cuts on this but he acts like he's god for making this what the big deal.if kanye reads this he'll probly neen 6 pepole to remind him how great he,he is pretty great though.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WEST IS A PLAYA

    kanye west is my personal ryhmin mentor, gold digga is inspiring as well as jesus walks

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    To have a rap artist express himself with such poignant honesty without flashing any grills or bragging about rims on his car or having half naked women in his videos (goldigger being the exception) is rare nowadays... hanye released a personal, flawless album before... I loved through the wire so much and everything else... I thought this man couldn't get any better... I was wrong... Kanye proves he is as good as he says he is and he is underrated as far as I'm concerned... my personal favorites are celebration, crack music, roses and hey mama... I'm not a rap music fan... but with this cd... he restored my faith in rap... thank you kanye... you are rap's closest thing to the pope

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jay-Z should not rap in any of the songs

    Whenever Jay-Z raps any portion in Kanye's song, it ruins the song. Diamonds from Sierra Leone remix was messed up by Jay-z's useless addition--does he ever say anything in any song besides useless ego drippin bull? It's the same thing in college dropout, wherever Jay-z adds his portion,people have to bare through what would've been a good song. Kanye good on race not on women--how do you sing about how great your mom is and then label a bunch of women as gold diggers in one album? He needs to work on his patriarchy/male chauvinist issues.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He did it again!!

    I didn't think he would top the 1st album but he did. This album is so crazy. I understand why he said he better get a grammy. I like all the songs but my top 5 are heard em say, touch the sky, we major, late, and drive slow. The skits are funny 2.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kanye's One To Watch

    I didn't buy "College Dropout" when it came out, but I wish I had, so that I could compare the material on that CD to this one. Anyway, I rarely buy rap albums--I'm an R&B junkie--but when I do, it's because the CD is really good. This was the case with Kanye's latest. I thoroughly enjoy listening to Kanye be arrogant, insightful, emotional, funny, and overall creative thouroughout the CD. My favorite song is "Crack Music", where he compares packaging music and CDs to making and selling crack. The beat and chorus are beast--I love the "la-la-la-la-la-la" part. Overall, I recommend it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hats off to Kanye West

    This album didnt strike me at first but when I got to really listen to it, I was very impressed with the fact the perfection can get better. His first album was a classic,and to out do a classic is unheard of. Thanks Kanye for continuing to raise the bar..

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Did not live up to first album

    Kanye West saved the rap game back in early 2004 with "The College Dropout"...but his latest effort on this album is sort of dragging into pop music territory. I think "Gold Digger" was a huge example of a pop song with a typical pop-sounding beat. Late Registration really just sounds like an experimental rap album rather than Kanye's usually stuff. I was disappointed at the production on this album mostly. Too much pop! Kanye's ego is all over the place on this album which I think hurts an artists reputation. "The College Dropout" was such an origianl Rap album that had essence to it. Save your money on buying this CD.. stick to The College Dropout.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sophomore Stud

    West was sort of in the same boat as 50 Cent was, tryin' to follow up one of the greatest recent hip-hop albums with an even better second one. And while those expectatations are pretty unrealistic, "Late Registration" isn't exactly chopped liver either. The best part about the CD: the singles released aren't the album's best songs. Tracks like "Roses", "Bring Me Down" ft. Brandy, "Drive Slow" ft. Paul Wall and GLC, and (particularly) "Gone" ft. Cam'ron and Consequence are better than anything else out there in hip-hop. While the freshman feel and honeymoon period is over for the "... Dropout" and it lacks some of the sentimentality from his first CD, "Late Registration" was worth the wait and has again raised the bar in hip-hop.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love U Kanye!!!!!

    Such an awesome album...just got it today....I've been waiting on it forever. I've had the chance to see Kanye and John Legend in concert and I loved every bit of it. I support Kanye and his music...His views and the way he expresses himself. This is an album to have even if you've just experianced his greatness through just one song. I would recommend getting College Dropout and listening to that first so you can get the whole feel of Mr. West's music. My friends and I know every word to College Dropout and I'm catching on to the lyrics of Late Registration. I love this cd so much....I knew this was going to be a hot one when Diamonds came out and then Gold Digger. It's amazing......get it NOW!!!!! If you ever read this Kanye.....send me an email! LOL!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    C-Man

    This is an awesome CD. all the songs are awesome, especially diamonds and celebration. the only problem i had was that the other artists in the cd only got small parts in the songs, but other than that, this is great. it seems that kanye has took his talents and style from his last cd and made it twice as good. Great cd to get concidering that its only 10 bucks and full of grammy worthy songs. and no, im not white.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Reppin the Chi to da fullest!

    Kanye is def one of the most innovative, creative, and distinctive MCs and producers in the game! He comes back everytime with something, that although sometimes is borrowed, is brand new to your ears. And its all a pleasant sound. Gotta give an extra shout-out to my boy Malik Yusef who's doing the spoken word end to "Crack Music." Big ups to Kanye, Common, and Malik for always reppin the Chi to the fullest!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not as great as college dropout

    its a really mellow cd. i only liked a couble songs hey mama, gold digger, and diands from sierra leone. this album is weak...different not really hiphop its more of a tribe called quest vibe, jazzy feel.. i personally thought it was a waste of money.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hip-Hop at its most polished

    This is a very well done album. The samples are very clear and melodic, and the beats are maybe not dance worthy but still move. However, this album for me is not classic status for it doesn't push any new bounderies in hip-hop. Kanye has taken hip-hop and made it sound "better."

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kanye's Best CD Yet!!

    "Late Registration" is nothing but flawless. Since, each songs goes well with each other and you feel the energy of how each song is arranged. My favorite song on his CD is "Bring Me Down"/f. Brandy is the deepest song on the CD that talks about everyday life. Overall, better than "The College Dropout."

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very well established

    I really enjoyed this album. If you liked Kayne's first album The College Dropout, you will enjoy this album even more! Different artists feature in here as well. Artists such as Maroon 5's lead singer Adam Levine, Jamie Fox, Jay-Z, Common, Nas and Brandy

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great From Start To Finish

    Amazingly, EVERY song is good. Not the standard 'how tough I am' fare. However, could've used less (none, actually) curse words and would have been just as poignant.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 32 Customer Reviews