|All Falls Down|
|Yeah, this the real one baby, Uh, Chi town stand up, South side, south side, We gon' set this party off right, West side, west side, We gon' set...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 25 out of 25
Mixed: 0 out of 25
Negative: 0 out of 25
Entertainment WeeklyWest delivers the goods with a disarming mix of confessional honesty and sarcastic humor, earnest idealism and big-pimping materialism. [13 Feb 2004, p.71]
BlenderHe has his own personality: not a gangsta or a player but a diligent pragmatist. [Apr 2004, p.124]
Aug 14, 2010One of the best debut albums ever made.
Before this album, Kanye West didn't become the ruler he is today. He was the acclaimed producer ofOne of the best debut albums ever made.
Before this album, Kanye West didn't become the ruler he is today. He was the acclaimed producer of Blueprint who served up hit tracks one after another. But his real dream was to become a rapper and that was a difficult task. In an industry dominated by gangsta rap and hardcore rap, it was hard for a backpacker like Kanye West to shine. But those troubles are furthermore reason why College Dropout is one of the best debut albums ever. Why? Because he overcame them with one HUGE leap.
Kanye isn't the gangsta/hustler type. He is the average guy who has something to say. He discusses various topics like college education, his drop out, materialism, consumerism, religion and its role in music among others. Not expected of a normal rap album because it sounds too normal. But that is the beauty of the album. West fearlessly dares to rap about things that don't include money, crack, girls, or clothes. And he does it with his own style that is powerful and engaging. He can be funny and serious at the same time. Lyrically, he isn't half-bad. He is able to interest his audience throughout the course of the album.
And the production? Oh man. The beats are surprisingly so catchy yet inventive. Jesus Walks features a pounding club peat and chants that accompany his messages of Jesus and lack of God on radio simply because there is no profitability. And The New Workout Plan features a booty shaker that is laced with Middle Eastern violins.
West's wordplay is still to be developed and some songs feel like filler tracks. Nonetheless, College Dropout is an outstanding achievement by one so normal to most of us yet so unique to his fellow rap peers.… Expand
nikkibApr 17, 2005Over a year later and this album is still tight!!!
IslamMFeb 18, 2004cd is straight fire
Feb 14, 2019Kanye West delivers a masterfully crafted debut album, presenting a new style of hip hop before unheard. He shows why his sampling skills areKanye West delivers a masterfully crafted debut album, presenting a new style of hip hop before unheard. He shows why his sampling skills are so revered, layering all tracks fantastically.… Expand
MarcusWFeb 15, 2004This CD is fantastic, it just has one glitch. He left out some of his better songs from the mixtape off this CD. Like the Good, Bad the Ugly This CD is fantastic, it just has one glitch. He left out some of his better songs from the mixtape off this CD. Like the Good, Bad the Ugly and Drop Dead Gorgeous… Expand
Mar 12, 2020Wonderful Album, the skits are funny, the songs are great, what more could you ask for. Although I do think it peaks halfway through the albumWonderful Album, the skits are funny, the songs are great, what more could you ask for. Although I do think it peaks halfway through the album at "Slow Jamz" there are plenty of great songs after that.
All Falls Down
I'll Fly Away
Family Business… Expand
Dec 18, 2019The first time it played sounded worse expected. The vocals fall flat. The CD doesn't have to skip to have skips. As a debut its sounds wereThe first time it played sounded worse expected. The vocals fall flat. The CD doesn't have to skip to have skips. As a debut its sounds were poor. The skits are annoying and dull. The album sounds very poor on vinyl. As a change in music, it's a very poor change.… Expand
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