The College Dropout [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Producer Kanye West's highlight reels were stacking up exponentially when his solo debut for Roc-a-Fella was released, after numerous delays and a handful of suspense-building underground mixes. The week The College Dropout came out, three singles featuring his handiwork were in the Top 20, including his own "Through the Wire." A daring way to introduce himself to the masses as an MC, the enterprising West recorded the song during his recovery from a car wreck that nearly took his life -- while his jaw was wired shut. Heartbreaking and hysterical "There's been an accident like Geico/They thought I was burnt up like Pepsi did Michael", and wrapped around the helium chirp of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Producer Kanye West's highlight reels were stacking up exponentially when his solo debut for Roc-a-Fella was released, after numerous delays and a handful of suspense-building underground mixes. The week The College Dropout came out, three singles featuring his handiwork were in the Top 20, including his own "Through the Wire." A daring way to introduce himself to the masses as an MC, the enterprising West recorded the song during his recovery from a car wreck that nearly took his life -- while his jaw was wired shut. Heartbreaking and hysterical "There's been an accident like Geico/They thought I was burnt up like Pepsi did Michael", and wrapped around the helium chirp of the pitched-up chorus from Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire," the song and accompanying video couldn't have forged his dual status as underdog and champion any better. All of this momentum keeps rolling through The College Dropout, an album that's nearly as phenomenal as the boastful West has led everyone to believe. From a production standpoint, nothing here tops recent conquests like Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name" or Talib Kweli's "Get By," but he's consistently potent and tempers his familiar characteristics -- high-pitched soul samples, gospel elements -- by tweaking them and not using them as a crutch. Even though those with their ears to the street knew West could excel as an MC, he has used this album as an opportunity to prove his less-known skills to a wider audience. One of the most poignant moments is on "All Falls Down," where the self-effacing West examines self-consciousness in the context of his community: "Rollies and Pashas done drive me crazy/I can't even pronounce nothing, yo pass the Versacey/Then I spent 400 bucks on this just to be like 'Nigga you ain't up on this'." If the notion that the album runs much deeper than the singles isn't enough, there's something of a surprising bonus: rather puzzlingly, a slightly adjusted mix of "Slow Jamz" -- a side-splitting ode to legends of baby-making soul that originally appeared on Twista's Kamikaze, just before that MC received his own Roc-a-Fella chain -- also appears. Prior to this album, we were more than aware that West's stature as a producer was undeniable; now we know that he's also a remarkably versatile lyricist and a valuable MC. [A clean version of the album was also made available, with all of the cursing wiped out.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • UPC: 602498617403
  • Catalog Number: 000203502
  • Sales rank: 14,318

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:19)
  2. 2 We Don't Care (3:59)
  3. 3 Graduation Day (1:21)
  4. 4 All Falls Down (3:38)
  5. 5 I'll Fly Away (1:14)
  6. 6 Spaceship - GLC (5:24)
  7. 7 Jesus Walks (3:13)
  8. 8 Never Let Me Down - J-Ivy (5:24)
  9. 9 Get Em High (4:49)
  10. 10 Workout Plan (0:46)
  11. 11 The New Workout Plan (5:22)
  12. 12 Slow Jamz (5:15)
  13. 13 Breathe in Breathe Out - Ludacris (4:06)
  14. 14 School Spirit Skit 1 (1:18)
  15. 15 School Spirit (3:02)
  16. 16 School Spirit Skit 2 (0:43)
  17. 17 Lil Johnny (Skit) (0:53)
  18. 18 Two Words - Freeway (4:26)
  19. 19 Through the Wire (3:41)
  20. 20 Family Business (4:38)
  21. 21 Last Call (12:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kanye West Primary Artist
Tracie Spencer Background Vocals
The Boys Choir of Harlem Vocals
Tony Williams Vocals
Bosko Talk Box
Dray Vocals
Keith Slattery Keyboards
Beverly A. McCargo Vocals
Miri Ben-Ari Violin, Track Performer
Eric Johnson Guitar
Josh Zandman Piano
Jeffrey Glenn Guitar
Ken Lewis Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Sampling, Track Performer
Aisha Tyler Vocals
Thomassina Atkins Vocals
Candis Brown Vocals
Tarey Torae Vocals
Tiera Singleton Vocals
Kevin Shannon Vocals
Brandi Kuykenvall Vocals
Lavel Mena Vocals
John Legend Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Burt Bacharach Composer
Marcus Fuller Engineer
B. Miller Composer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Cynthia Weil Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Andrew Dawson Engineer
Keith Slattery Engineer
Damon Dash Executive Producer
Terrence "T-Berry" Hardy Contributor
Shawn Carter Executive Producer
A. Franklin Composer
Miri Ben-Ari Composer, Violin Arrangement
Carlisle Young Engineer
Kanye West Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Costume Design
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke Executive Producer
L.D. Harris Composer
C.C. Mitchell Composer
Evidence Producer
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua Executive Producer
Gimel Keaton Engineer
Tatsuya Sato Engineer
Tom Keane Composer
Dave Dar Engineer
R. Wilson Composer
Rich Balmer Engineer
Geroid Roberson Executive Producer
Rabeka Tuinei Engineer
Brian Miller Producer
Eric Weissman Sample Clearance
Ken Lewis Instrumentation, Recreation
Eugene Toale Engineer
Diamond Alabi Isama Contributor
Jacob Andrew Engineer
Eric Dwauchelle Art Direction
Michael Eleopoulos Engineer
Lauri Rowe Art Direction
Mike Godshall Art Direction
Francis Graham Engineer
James "JT" Knight Contributor
Brent Kolatalo Engineer
Bobby Naugle Logo Design
Jason Rauhoff Engineer
Jim Morris Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally! Positive Hip Hop w/a Twist

    Kanye has brought "true" hip hop back to the people, with his substantive issues and messages of self-love. While the title leads you believe that he's against higher education, his lyrics clearly tell us that we can make it with or without the traditional paths. Buy it! Throw away the trigger-happy, female demonizing, cursing dictionaries you've been listening to and reconnect with what's important.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    slow jamz, all falls down, jesaus walks,we dont care,through da wire wow this album is awesome

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