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 finally came, Kanye killed it by beating 50 cent by over 250,000 copies.
Just when you think Kanye reached his top, he always surprises the world with more and more great music. On Graduation so far, four singles have reached the air and have done well. They include the hits, Stronger, Can't Tell Me Nothing, Flashing Lights, and Homecoming. But the most fascinating aspect about the Graduation album is the idea that it wouldn't be a surprise to fans if EVERY track on the album turned into a single in the future.
Some people may argue that Graduation is a bit too mainstream for what hip-hop fans want and enjoy, and perhaps Kanye took a turn towards pop culture. But as much as I agree that Graduation may have not been as raw and street cultured as his first album College Dropout, it still is his strongest and best work yet. It captured the biggest audience, delivered the most hits, and left everybody thinking "What more can this man pull off?"
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 … 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
I'm a Filipino-American living life as a post undergrad making a start here in beautiful Los Angeles. I love the weather and diversity here and enjoy everything this city has to offer. I'm excited to … 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.