I anxiously picked up Kanye West’s sophomore album “Late Registration” today & was hoping to get a LE but Circuit City did not have any. I am a pretty big Kanye fan because of his non flash persona vs. his contemporaries, and the way he pokes fun at black people with lyrical wit. The CD is weighing in with 21 tracks of which 5 are needless school based humor skits . Late Registration has a whole range of colabos’ including Brandy, Paul Wall, Jamie Foxx, The Game, Jay Z…
The biggest surprise on the album was “My Way Home” ft. Common rapping to a sample of Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where the Hatred Is“ (one of my favorite songs) & “Drive Slow” which has the chopped & screwed effect ft. Paul Wall from SwishaHouse. My favorite cuts are:
- We Major
- Drive Slow
- Bring Me Down
- Diamonds From Sierra Leone (of course)
- My Way Home
The only thing I think missing from this album is “Wow” which was mentioned on The College Drop Out’s “Last Call”. I will hold out until the next album on this cut. “So I played… actually it’s a song that you’ll never hear, but maybe I might use it. So, it’s called ‘Wow.’ “I go to Jacob with 25 thou, you go with 25 hundred, wow I got eleven plaques on my walls right now You got your first gold single, damn, nigga, wow.”
Late Registration is definitely a different album from The College Drop Out which earned Kanye 2 Grammy’s in 04’ for the Best Rap album & Best Rap Song for “Jesus Walks”. The College Dropout also earned double Platinum honors, the highest certified debut by a male artist in 2004 according to the RIAA. Kanye mentioned previously that his horrific 02’ car crash was the force behind his phenomenal success.
In the news yesterday, Kanye filed a 1.3 million lawsuit accusing Chicago DJ Eric “E-Smoove” Miller of possessing 10 unreleased songs that West produced before he was 18. The 20-page lawsuit alleges E-Smoove improperly tried to distribute some of those master recordings earlier this year & that he forged rapper’s signature on contract. Link to full story.
In other interesting Kanye West news that I found on CTV; Rapper Kanye West calls for end to gay bashing on. Kanye West says “gay” has become an antonym to hip hop and that it needs to be stopped. Kanye discussed hip-hop and homosexuality while talking about “Hey Mama,” during a MTV special.” He went on to say when he was young, people would call him a “mama’s boy.” “And what happened was, it made me kind of homophobic, ’cause it’s like I would go back and question myself.” Link to full story.