by Kanye West
- Record Label: Roc-A-Fella
- Release Date: Feb 10, 2004
- Summary: The in-demand Chicago-based producer makes his debut with the help of guests Ludacris, Jay-Z, Mos Def, Dirt McGirt, and more.
- Record Label: Roc-A-Fella
- Genre(s): Rap
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|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
Not only does he create a unique role model, that role model is dangerous--his arguments against education are as market-targeted as other rappers' arguments for thug life.
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]
That level of "realness", the way that the songs ring true whether he's bragging or self-criticizing, joking or praying, is what makes The College Dropout more than worthy of all of the attention that it's getting.
West is at his best the higher the lyrical stakes get, and the more they contradict hip-hop orthodoxy.
BlenderHe has his own personality: not a gangsta or a player but a diligent pragmatist. [Apr 2004, p.124]
College Dropout is a competent if overlong debut, which serves up solid but by no means groundbreaking production work a little too dependent on familiar hooks from '70s R&B staples.
Positive: 211 out of 234
Mixed: 6 out of 234
Negative: 17 out of 234
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
brycetNov 17, 2005Kayne is the greatest!!!!
IslamMFeb 18, 2004cd is straight fire
Jun 8, 2020This is the greatest thing Kanye West ever did. The production on this is just amazing. Every track sounds so different yet similar. Kanye'sThis is the greatest thing Kanye West ever did. The production on this is just amazing. Every track sounds so different yet similar. Kanye's lyrics are funny, yet serious. He is ambitious, yet humble. I just truly love this album. He put a religious track on his debut album, an album people already was sceptic about. Not only did he put it on the album, he made it one of its singles. Kanye really paved a new wave for hip hop with this album, which I forever will be grateful for, as if not, crunk music would probably still have a big influence on new hip hop. I don't like crunk at all. Favorite tracks: We don't care, Jesus Walks, Never Let Me Down.… 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
Nov 25, 2020Old Kanye is lit asf. The college dropout is the ultimate party album it's just so fun and catchy. That's really all i have to say but theOld Kanye is lit asf. The college dropout is the ultimate party album it's just so fun and catchy. That's really all i have to say but the standout tracks gotta be jesus walks, through the wire, get'em high. But get'em high is actually my favorite please don't kill me.… 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
Published: October 19, 2017These are the 30 highest-scoring hip hop albums released since 2000.
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