by: Clyde Dennis
Late Registration is the latest Rap CD put out by the highly talented Kanye West who once again has delivered a brilliant collection of tracks. I’m confident Kanye West fans, and Rap fans alike will be pleased with this one. Unfortunately, it’s not everyday that I get a CD from an artist that I can just pop in and comfortably listen to from beginning to end. There is usually a song or two that I just can’t force myself to get through. Not at all the case with Late Registration. Every track is enjoyable and was pretty easy for me to listen to from start to finish.One of the refreshingly nice things about this CD is the way all of the participating artists seem to be really enjoying themselves. Combine that with the overall presentation and you’ve got one of Kanye West’s most impressive releases ever.
Listen to and I think you’ll agree that the song choices are excellent, the production is outstanding and Kanye West is clearly in top form.
While the entire album is outstanding the truly standout tunes are track 3 – Touch The Sky, track 10 – Bring Me Down, and track 21 – Late.
My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [...as in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 1 – Wake Up Mr. West. Great track!
Late Registration Release Notes:
Kanye West originally released Late Registration on August 30, 2005 on the Def Jam label.
CD Track List Follows:
1. Wake Up Mr. West 2. Heard ‘Em Say – (featuring Maroon 5/Adam Levine) 3. Touch The Sky – (featuring Lupe Fiasco) 4. Gold Digger – (featuring Jamie Foxx) 5. Skit #1 6. Drive Slow – (featuring Paul Wall/GLC) 7. My Way Home – (with Common) 8. Crack Music – (with The Game) 9. Roses 10. Bring Me Down – (with Brandy) 11. Addiction 12. Skit #2 13. Diamonds From Sierra Leone – (remix, with Jay-Z) 14. We Major – (featuring Nas/Really Doe) 15. Skit #3 16. Hey Mama 17. Celebration 18. Skit #4 19. Gone – (featuring Consequence/Cam’Ron) 20. Diamonds From Sierra Leone – (Bonus Track) 21. Late
Personnel: Kanye West (vocals); Common, Consequence, GLC, Jamie Foxx, Jay-Z, Adam Levine, John Legend, Keyshia Cole, Nas, Paul Wall , The Game, Cam’Ron, Lupe Fiasco, Really Doe, Deray, Tony “Penafire” Williams, Plain Pat, Don C., Brandy, Charlie Wilson (vocals); Dave Tozer (guitars); Ervin “EP” Pope, Tom Craskey (keyboards); Keenan “Keynote” Holloway (bass guitar); Michele Gondry (drums); A-Trak (scratches).
Recording information: Grandmaster Recorders, Los Angeles, California (2005); Sony Music Studios, New York, New York; Record Plant, Hollywood, California.
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