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Released: August 30, 2005


Rating: 4.242 (average of 19 ratings)


Genre: rap


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. Wake Up Mr. West
  2. Heard ‘Em Say [with Adam Levine]
  3. Touch the Sky [with Lupe Fiasco]
  4. Gold Digger [with Jamie Foxx]
  5. Skit #1
  6. Drive Slow [with Paul Wall & GLC]
  7. My Way Home [with Common]
  8. Crack Music [with The Game]
  9. Roses
  10. Bring Me Down [with Brandy]
  11. Addiction
  12. Skit #2
  13. Diamonds from Sierra Leone [remix featuring Jay-Z]
  14. We Major [with Nas & Really Doe]
  15. Skit #3
  16. Hey Mama
  17. Celebration
  18. Skit #4
  19. Gone [with Consequence & Cam’Ron]
  20. Diamonds from Sierra Leone
  21. Late (unlisted track)


Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 3.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 1.0
sales worldwide - estimated 4.3


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 2
peak on U.K. album chart 2


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Diamonds from Sierra Leone. (5/14/05) #43 US, #8 UK, #21 RB
  • Gold Digger (7/16/05) #1 US, #2 UK, #1 RB
  • Touch the Sky (10/15/05) #42 US, #23 RB
  • Heard ‘Em Say (11/19/05) #26 US, #22 UK, #17 RB


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Spin magazine – album of the year


Late Registration
Kanye West
Review:
“And then, in a flash, Kanye was everywhere, transformed from respected producer to big-name producer/MC, throwing a fit at the American Music Awards, performing ‘Jesus Walks’ at the Grammys, wearing his diamond-studded Jesus piece, appearing on the cover of Time, running his mouth 24/7.” AK “For haters eager to see Kanye hit a sophomore slump--no such luck.” OW

“One thing that remains unchanged is Kanye's hunger, even though his head has swollen to the point where it could be separated from his body, shot into space, and considered a planet. Raised middle class, Kanye didn't have to hustle his way out of poverty, the number one key to credibility for many hip-hop fans, whether it comes to rapper turned rapping label presidents or suburban teens. And now that he has proved himself in another way, through his stratospheric success — which also won him a gaggle of haters as passionate as his followers – he doesn't want to be seen as a novelty whose ambitions have been fulfilled.” AK

On Late Registration, he finds himself backed into a corner, albeit as king of the mountain. It's a paradox, which is exactly what he thrives on. His follow-up to The College Dropout isn't likely to change the minds of the resistant” AK and “Late Registration can’t replicate the novelty of [its predecessor] but otherwise, this is an impressively more mature and labored-over album.” OW

“As an MC, Kanye remains limited, with all-too-familiar flows that weren't exceptional to begin with (you could place a number of these rhymes over College Dropout beats). He uses the same lyrical strategies as well. Take lead single Diamonds from Sierra Leone, in which he switches from boastful to rueful; more importantly, the conflict felt in owning blood diamonds will be lost on those who couldn't afford one with years of combined income. Even so, he can be tremendous as a pure writer, whether digging up uncovered topics (as on ‘Diamonds’) or spinning a clever line (‘Before anybody wanted K. West's beats, me and my girl split the buffet at KFC’).” AK

“The production approach, however, is rather different from the debut.” AK “The album sounds incredible” OW with “crude beats and drastically tempo-shifted samples…replaced with a more traditionally musical touch.” AK “Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann), who co-produces with West on most of the tracks,” AK “help[s] polish the songs to perfection.” OW They “are a good, if unlikely, match. Brion's string arrangements and brass flecks add a new dimension to West’s beats without overshadowing them, and the results are neither too adventurous nor too conservative.” AK

Tracks like Heard 'Em Say (featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine) and Hey Mama, are richly textured in their soulfulness while the flint-edge of Crack Music and Gone…will appeal to the street-oriented.” OW

“Ironically, the Just Blaze-helmed Touch the Sky tops everything laid down by [West and Brion], despite its heavy reliance on Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move on Up.’” AK

“There's a few duds on here – the sickly-sweet, syrupy Bring Me Down…being one of the worst offenders – but when the album’s good, it's very, very good.” OW

“Kanye's detractors may not be swayed in their resistance to his charms but not only will his past supporters be rewarded but Late Registration has enough appeal to earn new crowds of fans.” OW “While KRS-One was the first to proclaim, ‘I am hip-hop,’ Kanye West might as well be the first MC to boldly state, ‘I am pop.’” AK


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previous album: College Dropout (2004) next album: Graduation (2007)


Last updated March 16, 2010.