Kanye West
The College Dropout


5.0
classic

Review

by DhA USER (19 Reviews)
August 26th, 2010 | 33 replies | 7,059 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is Kanye West, before he became the voice of this generation ;)

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Everyone knows Kanye was strictly a producer, most notably for Jay-Z, before he released this album. The prominent style he showcases here is somewhat of a continuation of the style found on The Blueprint – pitched soul samples etc. This review is coming after the artist in question has become huge, so it feels kind of trite pointing this stuff out. Everyone has heard “All Falls Down”, “Through the Wire” and “Slow Jamz”, and all three are highlights, mainly because Kanye’s forte is making these incredibly catchy, popular types of beats. “Through the Wire” is probably the pinnacle of this style for Mr. West, and it’s no surprise that his previous albums have seen him dabbling with live instrumentation, electro and often merely samples from a wider range of genres. In this sense, this album is perhaps his most “hip-hop” one – the sound doesn’t branch out into territory occupied by the likes of “Stronger”, but this is the album that made him a star so it goes without saying that the tunes here are at the very least catchy. Lest we forget “Jesus Walks”, a monster single that predates the likes of “Stronger” and his recent “Power”, their stomping, anthemic drive surely being born out of that song ode to faith.

There are more “party” oriented tracks here too, such as “Get ‘Em High” and “Breathe In Breathe Out” – West’s ability to get the usually more “conscious” MC Talib Kweli on the former track aptly demonstrating what made him so big in the first place – his ability to straddle the different subsets of the hip-hop genre. Although he’s from a relatively privileged background (and doesn’t hide it), his lyrics touch on the topics such as family, education, frustration and the aforementioned religion – his vulnerability being (at the time) somewhat of a rarity in the genre, and a quality that allows him to speak to everyone. His influence has been undeniable – if “conscious hip-hop” is an accepted sub-genre, surely Kanye can be accepted as the forefather of “self-conscious hip-hop”? (I’m joking don’t get angry internet). Seriously though, the stance taken by Kanye West on his debut is surely the cause of the mainstream success of the likes of Drake, Kid Cudi and others of their ilk, and they have much to owe to this album.

Pretty much every song here is top quality – even though he would improve as an MC, Kanye’s beats are pretty much untouchable here, so much so that even when he slacks of, the sheer quality of the music, and often the guests, makes the listen extremely enjoyable nonetheless.



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hydeyomoney
August 26th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

blow yourself

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 26th 2010



15014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

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fromtheinside
August 26th 2010



18041 Comments


lol at kanye being the voice of my generation.

but "all falls down" is probably the best thing he's ever done.

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DinoX
August 26th 2010



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like all of Kanye's albums except this one.

DhA
August 26th 2010



421 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I wasn't aware of that rule, it won't happen again I am really sorry, please forgive me sir.

Gyromania
August 26th 2010



15488 Comments


I still love 'Diamonds' but I have hated everything he has put out in the last 2 or 3 years, which makes me doubt that this could be any good.

Gyromania
August 26th 2010



15488 Comments


DhA: He's just being a dick, but it's a lot better if you only post one per day, it helps other users get the chance to post there's/not have theirs bumped off the front page.

scissorlocked
August 26th 2010



3509 Comments


good review,but a 5 rating seems over the top in my opinion

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Counterfeit
August 26th 2010



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

4.5

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 26th 2010



31085 Comments


3.5 for clarity's sake

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 26th 2010



28422 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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Counterfeit
August 26th 2010



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

4.5

scissorlocked
August 26th 2010



3509 Comments


take it easy with that Mulder picture bro

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 26th 2010



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gyromania this is a lot different than anything he has done in the last 2 or 3 years

album is amazing

AtavanHalen
August 26th 2010



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh for fuck's sake

Counterfeit
August 26th 2010



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Everything Yeezy's done has been ace.

XulOnerom
August 26th 2010



1818 Comments


Review was short but it wasn't bad. i shall pos to counter the neg

Btw, I don't agree with the rating. I can't stand Kanye West, but that is just me

BigHans
August 27th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Imma let you finish, but SlowJamz rules.

burnafterbreeding
August 27th 2010



1466 Comments


Everything Kanye is trash. Trash trash trash.

fr33convict
August 27th 2010



11687 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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