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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Kanye West - The College Dropout Classics Review

The "real hip hop heads" can be some of the most obnoxious residents of the internet. Along w/ Southern Rap & Hipsters, they claim you can't be really into hip hop if you haven't heard certain lps; Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt, Nas' Illmatic, Biggie's Ready To Die, etc. However, as time goes by & those lps get older, it means younger listeners have to listen to dated music as their classics. I decided to periodically review old cd's that have been called classic to see if by today's standards they are that good.
One of the few cd's that has come out relatively recently that is claimed classic status is Kanye West's debut The College Dropout. To be honest classic is thrown everywhere these days, but this cd fits that title, but for content more than actual artistic quality. Content-wise, the cd tackles a lot for a 2000's lp. Issues like how important is continued education really is, employment, racism, materialism in hip hop, gold digging women, ethics of providing for family by legal vs illegal means, and more. Not to mention almost every beat on this cd is good, original (as sampled beats get) & actually affected hip hop after the release (sampling, string arrangements & even autotune on a rap cd 5 yrs ago!).
The problem with the cd is Kanye West, at that time was a average rapper (today he really isn't the best, but he's def improved). It kind of feels mixtape-ish when there are so many guests & interludes on a cd. Then when Ye finally raps, he really doesn't even rhyme a lot of the time. (you know when rappers use accents to make thing rhyme like do' (Door) & wo' (Wall)). To sum it up, the cd as a whole is great musically, filled with substance, and was groundbreaking. It's just if it came out today, it would be a hipster/backpacker fav, but that's about it.
8.5/10 Listn to: We Don't Care, All Falls Down, Jesus Walks & Two Words