Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Kanye West The College Dropout

The College Dropout is the debut album by rapper and producer Kanye West, released February 10, 2004. It was nominated for Grammy Award for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for "Jesus Walks" in 2005. It was voted as the best album of the year by Rolling Stone magazine and in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll, was ranked #1 in Spin magazine's "40 Best Albums of the Year", and received a near-perfect 4.5 mic rating from The Source. The album has received great acclaim from critics and mainstream fans alike, for its balance of mainstream commercial appeal and its innovative subject matter. Comedian Chris Rock has attested to listening to The College Dropout while writing his material. In 2005, Pitchfork Media named it #50 in their best albums of 2000–2004.

1. "Intro" (Deray) – 0:19
* Produced by Kanye West
2. "We Don't Care" (West/Miri Ben-Ari/Vannelli) – 3:59
* Produced by Kanye West
* Additional vocals by John Legend, Riccarda Watkins, Keyshia Cole, Terence Hardy, Diamond Alabi-Isama, James "JT" Knight
* Violin by Miri Ben-Ari
* Contains samples from "I Just Wanna Stop" performed by The Jimmy Castor Bunch
3. "Graduation Day" (West/Stephens/Ben-Ari) – 1:22
* Performed by John Legend
* Produced by Kanye West
* Piano by John Legend
* Violin by Miri Ben-Ari
4. "All Falls Down" (West/Hill) – 3:43
* Featuring Syleena Johnson
* Produced by Kanye West
* Guitar by Eric "E-Bass" Johnson
* Acoustic Guitar by Ken Lewis
* Contains an interpolation of "Mystery Of Iniquity" performed by Lauryn Hill
5. "I'll Fly Away" (Brumley) – 1:09
* Produced by Kanye West
* Additional vocals by Tony Williams
* Piano by Ervin "EP" Pope
6. "Spaceship" (West/Williams/Harris/Mills/Gaye/Gordy/Greene) – 5:24
* Featuring GLC, Consequence
* Produced by Kanye West
* Additional vocals by Tony Williams, John Legend
* Contains a sample of "Distant Lover" performed by Marvin Gaye
7. "Jesus Walks" (West/Smith/Ben-Ari/Lundy) – 3:13
* Produced by Kanye West
* Additional vocals by John Legend
* Contains a sample of "Walk With Me" performed by The Arc Choir
* Contains a vocal sample of "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go" performed by Curtis Mayfield
8. "Never Let Me Down" (West/Carter/Richardson/Bolton/Kulick) – 5:24
* Featuring Jay-Z, J. Ivy
* Produced by Kanye West
* Background vocals by John Legend, Tracie Spencer
* Additional vocals by Saul Williams
* Keyboards by Ervin "EP" Pope
* Guitar by Glenn Jefferey
* Contains a sample of "Maybe It's The Power Of Love", written by Michael Bolton and Bruce Kulick
* Sample also recreated and performed by Ken Lewis
9. "Get Em High" (West/Greene/Lynn) – 4:49
* Featuring Talib Kweli, Common
* Produced by Kanye West
* Additional vocals by Sumeke Rainey
10. "Workout Plan" (West) – 0:46
* Performed by Candis Brown, Brandi Kuykenvall, Tiera Singleton
* Produced by Kanye West
11. "The New Workout Plan" (West/Stephens/Kante/Rainey/Ben-Ari) – 5:22
* Produced by Kanye West
* Additional vocals by John Legend, Sumeke Rainey
* Talkbox by Bosko
* Guitar by Eric "E-Bass" Johnson
* Piano by Ervin "EP" Pope
* Violin by Miri Ben-Ari
12. "Slow Jamz" (West/Mitchell/Bacharach/David) – 5:16
* Featuring Twista, Jamie Foxx
* Produced by Kanye West
* Additional vocals by Aisha Tyler
* Keyboards by Ervin "EP" Pope
* Guitar by Glen Jefferey
* Contains a sample of "A House is Not a Home" performed by Luther Vandross
13. "Breathe In Breathe Out" (West/Miller) – 4:06
* Featuring Ludacris
* Produced by Kanye West
* Violins by Miri Ben-Ari
14. "School Spirit Skit 1" (West) – 1:18
* Produced by Kanye West
15. "School Spirit" (West/Franklin) – 3:02
* Produced by Kanye West
* Additional vocals by Tony Williams
* Contains a sample of "Spirit in the Dark" performed by Aretha Franklin
16. "School Spirit Skit 2" (West) – 0:43
* Produced by Kanye West
17. "Lil Jimmy Skit" (West) – 0:53
* Produced by Kanye West
* Additional vocals by Tony Williams
* Piano by Ervin "EP" Pope
18. "Two Words" (West/Smith/Pridgen/Wilson/Wilson/Wilson) – 4:26
* Featuring Mos Def, Freeway, The Harlem Boys Choir
* Produced by Kanye West
* Keyboards by Keith Slattery
* Violins by Miri Ben-Ari
* Contains a sample of "Peace And Love (Amani Na Mapenzi) - Movement IV (Encounter)" performed by Mandrill
* Also contains an unknown drum sample also used in Jay-Z's "A Dream"
19. "Through the Wire" (Foster/Keane/Weil) – 3:41
* Produced by Kanye West
* Contains a sample of "Through The Fire" performed by Chaka Khan
20. "Family Business" (West) – 4:38
* Produced by Kanye West
* Additional vocals by Thomasina Atkins, Linda Petty, Beverly McCargo, Lavel Mena, Thai Jones, Kevin Shannon, Tarey Torae
* Piano by Josh Zandman
* Contains a sample from The Dells - Fonky Thang (Vocal sample)
* Additional instrumentation by Ken Lewis
* Contains lyrics from "Ambitionz az a Ridah" by 2Pac
21. "Last Call" (West/Perretta/Williams/Lewis) – 12:40
* Produced by Kanye West, Porse
* Guitar by Ken Lewis, Glenn Jefferey
* Keyboard by Ken Lewis
* Percussion by Ken Lewis
* Piano by Ervin "EP" Pope
* Additional vocals by John Legend, Tony Williams, Ken Lewis, Jay-Z
* Contains a sample from "Mr. Rockefeller" by Bette Midler

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