Roc-A-Fella’s reissuing of Kanye West’s earlier albums goes right back to the beginning with this double vinyl of his debut full length album The College Dropout. Includes his defining huge hitters Jesus Walks and All Falls Down, with guests Jay-Z, Common, Talib Kweli and Syleena Johnson.
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9/10 Tom Customer review, 22nd May 2018
Before Kanye was trying to Make America Great Again, before he declared that "George Bush doesn't care about black people," before he married a reality TV star and before he was a gay fish on South Park, Kanye made fucking great hip hop albums.
For all its shortcomings (knocking us over the head with skits about dropping out of school, "The New Workout Plan", Common's weirdly misjudged verse on "Get 'Em High"), The College Dropout is a potent combination of Kanye's chipmunk soul production style, raw rapping talent, and his pure determination to prove that he was a genius. From struggling to even get signed to being the most famous rapper in the world, Kanye's ambition is woven into the DNA of The College Dropout and I'd go so far as to say he never made a more sincere or enjoyable album after this.
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