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Kanye West Set to Release Debut LP
Contributed by: M. Villa
Source: The Elements
Posted on: December 11, 2003 02:41 MST
Filed under: Rap

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'Kanye West wants to make history...The man's blow-up in 2004 is ensured by a combination of factors, from his label association and the street cred it implies to the way his productions and presence nudge established MCs to inspired performances. The deciding factor in his rise, though, is West himself...West raps because he wants to - not because he needs to - and his aim is to affect the very grain of the music...' - The Fader 'Ten Artists Who Will Top All Pop Charts In '04'

'On his debut solo album, The College Dropout, West keeps his rhymes upbeat and bling-free...In typical West fashion, the album bubbles over with bouncy-yet-soulful hooks and left-field sounds...' - Rolling Stone 'New Faces'

'The pioneering producer...has inspired legions of followers with his distinctive method of speeding up R&B vocal samples...On his solo debut album, College Dropout, West raps, produces and hosts an all-star lineup...' - Entertainment Weekly's 'IT Producer'

On Dropout, West turns out to be a full service hip-hop artiste. As a producer, he shuttles back and forth between stuttering Southern bounce and graceful, elegiac, classic-soul tear-jerking; as a rapper, he's got a sly sense of humor, an appealingly conversational tone, and a big heart. - SPIN

'He gave Jay-Z his soul for the Blueprint. Now, Kanye west wants to give to give hip-hop heads another classic LP starring his favorite MC: himself. The new best producer on the mic has many backpackers and mixtape-coppers convinced he's the Roc army's strongest weapon.' - XXL

With the release of his debut album, West not only affirms his status as one of today's elite beat crafters, but the Chicago native lets heads know he was rocking mikes long before he started messin around with soundboards College Dropout delivers both ass-shakers and contemplative cuts. It'ss a class act.' - VIBE

NEW YORK, NY - Quite simply, 'Through The Wire,' the stunning first single from Kanye West's highly-anticipated Roc-A-Fella Records debut College Dropout, marks the emergence of hip-hop's most important new voice. Long known as the sonic visionary behind such hits as Ludacris' #1 smash 'Stand Up,' Alicia Keys' 'You Don't Know My Name,' Jay-Z's 'Encore,' 'Lucifer,' Izzo (H.O.V.A.), Girls Girls Girls, The Takeover, and 03 Bonnie & Clyde, Scarface's Guess Who's Back, and Talib Kweli Get By, amongst many others, Chicago-bred West is undoubtedly one of the most talented and accomplished young producers to have emerged in recent years. With College Dropout, set for February 3rd release, West not only produces, writes and performs his own music and lyrics, but presents himself as a complete artist with a purpose and musical vision all his own.

The critics have taken notice; Kanye has already been featured in MTV You Hear It First, picked by Entertainment Weekly as the year's 'IT Producer', nominated by The Source for 'Producer Of the Year' and awarded 'Hip-Hop Quotable Of The Year' for 'Through The Wire.' He recently graced the cover of The Fader, was featured in Rolling Stone's 'New Faces,' has been dubbed the 'Next Big Thing' by Blender, Vibe and Spin, and was previewed in The New York Times as one of the artists to watch in the new year. With an MTV 'Buzzworthy' video directed by West himself, the moving, confessional 'Through The Wire' has caught fire at radio nationwide, and is poised to become one of the year's most unlikely break-outs.

In October of 2002, just weeks after skirting death in a terrible car accident, and with his jaw still literally wired shut, Kanye recorded Through the Wire, a pointed and personal account of the events that resonates with uncanny wit and raw emotion. It stands as one of the most arresting and triumphant creative statements rap music has ever seen.

Rhymes West: I must got a angel/ Cuz look like death missed his ass/ Unbreakable/ What you thought they call me Mr. Glass/ I look back on my life like the ghost of Christmas past/ Toys R Us where I used to spend that Christmas cash/ And I still won't grow up/ I'm a grown ass kid/ So I should be like other stupid shit that I did/ But I'm a champion/ So I turned tragedy to triumph/ Make music that's fire/ Spit my soul through the wires.

Featuring guest appearances from friends and past-collaborators like Jay-Z, Mos Def, Freeway, Dirt McGirt, Ludacris, and Twista on the smash single Slow Jams, College Dropout is already one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, and one of the most anticipated. MTV2 and XXL recently partnered for a special highlighting 2004's 10 most anticipated hip-hop albums, of which College Dropout was one. Clearly, Kanye's intellect, integrity and philosophy on what he calls honest music, have caught hold.

In music and society people tell you to pick a side, explains Kanye. Are you mainstream or underground? Do you rhyme about nice cars, or about riding the train? Are you ignorant or do you know something about history? But 1'm a person who I can do all these different things. It's like everybody is taking that fork in the road. They don't see the rainbow in the middle. And I'm about to ride that. I'm the prism. And my music comes out in colors.
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