Kanye West - Late Registration (2xLP Vinyl)

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Late Registration is the second studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released on August 30, 2005, through Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. West recorded the album over the course of a year during sessions held at studios in Hollywood and New York City, in collaboration with Jon Brion. The recording sessions also featured guest contributions from Adam Levine, Jamie Foxx, Common, Brandy, Jay-Z, and Nas, among others.

West's production for Late Registration departed from the sped-up soul samples of his debut studio album, The College Dropout (2004), moving towards a more elaborate and orchestral style with a 20-piece ensemble. Drawing creative inspiration from alternative acts such as Fiona Apple and Portishead, he experimented with musical shifts, string arrangements, and a variety of instruments not usually associated with hip hop, including a celesta, harpsichord, and Chinese bells. In an effort to write authentic yet relatable lyrics, West engages in storytelling while showcasing his Christian heritage that informed his relationship to the capitalist market economy. He critiques multiple issues, such as institutional racism, higher education, health care, and the blood diamond trade.



 Back when College Dropout was CHANGING MY LIFE and shit I never really ended up listening to this all that much because, I dunno, I guess I was just expecting more of the exact same material from 'Ye when really it was just a case of me being a stubborn dork. So I threw this on for the first time in ages last night and JESUS CHRIST the beats on this album are massive. Whatever the fuck happened to Kanye after this album dropped must've been some kind of earth-shattering trauma because I honestly can't believe that someone could go from being one of the best pop rap producers in the biz to complete mediocrity over the span of two years. Jon Brion's influence on this album is obvious as hell, but at the end of the day, it's obvious that Kanye is the dude taking this all home. Not as effortless as College Dropout but a damn worthy companion piece either way. One hell of a bumpy ride after this.

By: Spiritof77

A1 Wake Up Mr. West - Featuring – DeRay
A2 Heard 'Em Say -Featuring – Adam Levine
A3 Touch The Sky - Featuring – Lupe Fiasco
A4 Gold Digger - Featuring – Jamie Foxx
A5 Skit #1
A6 Drive Slow - Featuring – GLC, Paul Wall
Vocals [Additional] – Tony Williams (3)
B1 My Way Home - Featuring – Common
B2 Crack Music -Featuring – Malik Yusef, The Game (2)
Vocals [Additional] – Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Tony Williams (3)
B3 Roses - Vocals [Additional] – Tony Williams (3)
B4 Bring Me Down -Featuring – Brandy (2)
C1 Addiction
C2 Skit #2
C3 Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) - Featuring – Jay-Z
C4 We Major - Vocals [Additional] – Tony Williams (3)
D1 Skit #3
D2 Hey Mama
D3 Celebration -Vocals – John Legend
D4 Skit #4
D5 Gone -Featuring – Cam'ron, Consequence (2)

Record Company – Universal International Music B.V.
Pressed By – GZ Media – 171207E
Manufactured By – Island Def Jam Music Group
Marketed By – Roc-A-Fella Records
Marketed By – Island Def Jam Music Group
Executive-Producer – Gee Roberson, Kanye West, Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua*, The Carter Administration
Producer – Jon Brion (tracks: A2, A4, B3 to C1, C3, C4, D2, D3, D5), Kanye West (tracks: A1, A2, A4 to D5)