The The College Dropout [LP]

The The College Dropout [LP]

by Kanye West
The The College Dropout [LP]

The The College Dropout [LP]

by Kanye West

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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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 'N*gga 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. ~ Andy Kellman

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Def Jam / Roc-A-Fella
UPC: 0602498617410
Rank: 928


Disc 1

  1. We Don't Care
  2. Graduation Day
  3. All Falls Down
  4. Spaceship
  5. Jesus Walks
  6. Never Let Me Down
  7. Get Em High
  8. The New Workout Plan
  9. Through the Wire

Disc 2

  1. Slow Jamz
  2. Breathe in Breathe Out
  3. School Spirit
  4. Two Words
  5. Family Business
  6. Last Call

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kanye West   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Twista   Primary Artist,Guest Artist,Vocals
Common   Primary Artist,Guest Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals
Talib Kweli   Primary Artist,Guest Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals
Freeway   Primary Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals
Jamie Foxx   Primary Artist,Guest Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals
Jay-Z   Primary Artist,Guest Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals
Ludacris   Primary Artist,Guest Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals
The Boys Choir of Harlem   Primary Artist,Guest Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals,Choir/Chorus
J. Ivy   Primary Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals
Consequence   Primary Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals,Vocals,Featured Artist
GLC   Primary Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals
Mos Def   Primary Artist,Guest Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals
Syleena Johnson   Guest Artist,Featured Artist,Vocals
Tracie Spencer   Vocals (Background)
Keyshia Cole   Vocals (Background)
Frank "Knuckles" Walker   Percussion
DeRay Davis   Vocals
Miri Ben-Ari   Violin
Keith Slattery   Keyboards
Manny Marroquin   Vocals
Tarey Torae   Vocals
Bosko   Talk Box
Tony Williams   Vocals,Vocals
John Legend   Piano,Vocals,Vocals (Background)
Ervin Pope   Piano,Keyboards
Ken Lewis   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Keyboards,Percussion,Guitar (Acoustic),Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Sampling,Keyboards,Percussion,Guitar (Acoustic)
Eric Johnson   Guitar
Beverly A. McCargo   Vocals
Brandi Kuykenvall   Vocals
Candis Brown   Vocals
Kevin Shannon   Vocals
Thomassina Atkins   Vocals
Terrence "T-Berry" Hardy   Children's Voices,Vocals (Background)
Diamond Alabi Isama   Children's Voices,Vocals (Background)
Jeffrey Glenn   Guitar
Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway   Guitar (Bass)
Aisha Tyler   Vocals
Bosko Kante   Talk Box
James "JT" Knight   Children's Voices,Vocals (Background)
Josh Zandman   Piano
Lavel Mena   Vocals
Tiera Singleton   Vocals
Candice Brown   Vocals
Linda Petty   Vocals
Eric "E-Bass" Johnson   Guitar
Brian "All Day" Miller   Co-Producer
Sumeke Rainey   Vocals
Thai Jones   Vocals
Riccarda Watkins   Vocals

Technical Credits

J. Richardson   Composer
Lauryn Hill   Composer
Common   Composer
Curtis Lundy   Composer
L. Wilson   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer
Ross Vannelli   Composer
Veit Renn   Mixing
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
R. Wilson   Composer
Michael Bolton   Composer
Mike Dean   Mixing
Dave Dar   Engineer
Miri Ben-Ari   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Bruce Kulick   Composer
Keith Slattery   Engineer
Eddy Schreyer   Mastering
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Tom Keane   Composer
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
C. Wilson   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Manny Marroquin   Mixing,Mixing Engineer
Cam Wilson   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Kenneth Lewis   Composer
Tony Williams   Composer,Composer
GLC   Performer
Lou Wilson   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Ric Wilson   Composer,Composer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
George Gordy   Composer
Mike Eleopoulos   Engineer
Carlisle Young   Engineer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
M. Peretta   Composer
Ken Lewis   Mixing,Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Instrument Arrangement,Composer,Instrumentation,Composer
Che Smith   Composer
Brian Miller   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Tony Vanias   Recording Coordinator
Tatsuya Sato   Engineer
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua   A&R,Executive Producer
Bobby Naugle   Logo Design
Dante Smith   Composer
John Stephens   Composer
Rabeka Tuinei   Engineer
Darrin Asemota   A&R
Francis Graham   Engineer
Marcus Fuller   Engineer
Leonard Harris   Composer
B. Miller   Composer
Jason Rauhoff   Engineer
Lauri Rowe   Design,Art Direction
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
C.C. Mitchell   Composer
Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds   A&R
Mike Godshall   Design,Art Direction
Shalik Berry   A&R
L.D. Harris   Composer
Ramses Francois   A&R
Brent Kolatalo   Engineer
Jacob Andrew   Engineer
Jared Lopez   Mixing
Eric Duvauchelle   Design,Art Direction
Bosko Kante   Composer
Carlos Wilson   Composer
Tim Morris   Design,Art Direction
Evidence   Producer
Rich Balmer   Engineer
Darcell Lawrence   Financial Director
Eugene Toale   Engineer
Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton   Engineer
Sandra Elaine Greene   Composer
Carl Mitchell   Composer
Dexter Mills   Composer
Gwendolyn Gordy   Composer
Leslie Pridgen   Composer
Michael Peretta   Composer
Brian "All Day" Miller   Composer
Sumeke Rainey   Composer
Matthew Washington   Composer
Talib Kweli Greene   Composer
Michael Perretta   Composer
Louis Wilson   Composer
Jacelyn Parry   Engineer
James Richardson   Composer
Porse   Additional Production
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