Kanye West is a genius. Not only does he flow with a barbed wit, he is able to take a variety of forms to add to his hip-hop, rap base.
His latest C.D. `Graduation' picks up where `Late Registration' left off. His theme demonstrates the difference between our dreams and life's disappointing realities. Slicker than his last outing, Kanye's titles tell much of the story, but his lyrics nail the subject matter thoroughly. Even the artwork tells his audience volumes. Not as punchy as `Late Registration's "Sierra Leone" or "Gold Digger," he manages to get ethereal for the opener "Good Morning," "I Wonder," and "Flashing Lights" which add formidable rap to the traditional pop mix. His humor is in finest form on "Barry Bonds," with a stinging anti-glamour rap that goes off in several directions but ends up at a certain destination. There's resiliency added to the mix with "Stronger" which is only familiar for its cliché refrain: "That that don't kill me, can only make me stronger." In my opinion, "Champion," with its native rhythms and synthesizers is the most outstanding track.
Between sweet sounds, perceptively sharp lyrics, Kanye has finished his trilogy on a good note. "Big Brother" is both a celebration and a protest against the trappings that put him on top. Even obtaining one's goals has its downside, too.
As for the rest of us we have to hold onto our dreams and try to bridge the gap so aptly stated by one of the best and biggest wise guys recording today. GO KANYE!
I will never forget the hype created by hip-hop fans, Kanye West, and the media over the release of the album, Graduation. Every time I listen to it, it brings me back to the fall of '07. 50 Cent even challenged Kanye to a debut battle, since his album Curtis was also being released the same day as Graduation on September 11, 2007. If Kanye's album outsold 50 Cent's album on the opening week, 50 cent vowed to retire from making music in the industry forever. When the day … more
It's hard to review Kanye West. For me, his releases and music aren't so much about him but what he does with samples and how he integrates them into his beats and produces new songs. Really, none of the lyrics on this cd impress me. I find that I'm listening more to the beats than I am Kanye. And when I do listen, his lyrics are either hit or miss. What I like most about "Graduation" is the celebratory sound to it. This isn't like "Late Registration" or "The College Dropout". … more
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Graduation is the 3rd installment in the Kanye West series of ground breaking albums, targeting every school kid, from those that have dropped out (Debut Album, College Dropout), to those late registrants (sophmore album Late Registration), to those that have gone on and completed school (current album Graduation). Though technically this earmarks a junior year, West's approach to crafting this album was very much senior. Kanye teams up with veterans Daft Punk and Edwin Birdsong on "Stronger"- Graduation's forthcoming single; as well as enlisting a little help from current chart topper T-Pain on "Good Life". Chris Martin of Coldplay appears on a track called "HomeComing" as well. Kanye has continued to prove his understanding and appreciation for a wide array of music and musical influences. What makes GRADUATION so special? Like most Kanye titles, his fearlessness and blindness to inhibiting boundaries, coupled with his fan driven core competence is evidence that he knows exactly what people yearn for...great music, perspective, and a voice to be heard.