Late Registration

Late Registration

by Kanye WestKanye West

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Overview

Surpassing the simultaneously spiritual and comical material on his Grammy-winning debut, The College Dropout, might've seemed like an impossible feat. But that's exactly what rapper and producer Kanye West does with Late Registration. On his sophomore follow-up, West ups the ante with co-production from film composer and Fiona Apple producer Jon Brion, who helps the cocky MC inject his instrumentals with a sense of grandeur, thanks to a vast array of instruments atypical of Jay-Z-cosigned concoctions. Wistful xylophones and saxophones anchor the Nas-assisted anthem of empowerment "We Major," lending the track a jazzy feel that's further evident on the melancholy "Addiction." Equally adept at body-rockers, West invites Jamie Foxx to revisit his Ray Charles impersonation on "Gold Digger," while an enthusiastic 20-piece orchestra gets the party started on "Celebration." Although production remains West's forte, his rhyme skills and storytelling have noticeably improved. He displays surprising social insight on "Crack Music" ("Crack raised the murder rate in D.C. and Maryland / We invested in that / It's like we got Merrill Lynched"), but Kanye saves his strongest lyrics for the Otis Redding–sampled "Gone," ending the cut with a verse heavy in signature self-assurance: "I'm-a open up a store for aspiring MCs / Won't sell them a dream, but the inspiration is free." Late Registration cements West's superstar stature and justifies his arrogance. Amid a sea of mainstream hip-hop mediocrity, the thoughtful and entertaining Late Registration arrives right on time. Matt Barone

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2005
Label: Roc-A-Fella
UPC: 0602498824016
catalogNumber: 000481302

Tracks

  1. Heard 'Em Say
  2. Wake Up Mr. West
  3. Touch the Sky
  4. Gold Digger
  5. [Untitled Track]
  6. Drive Slow
  7. Roses
  8. My Way Home
  9. Crack Music
  10. Bring Me Down
  11. Addiction
  12. [Untitled Track]
  13. Diamonds from Sierra Leone
  14. We Major
  15. [Untitled Track]
  16. Diamonds from Sierra Leone
  17. Hey Mama
  18. Celebration
  19. [Untitled Track]
  20. Gone
  21. Late

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kanye West   Primary Artist,Vocals
Richard Todd   French Horn
Jamie Foxx   Vocals
Nas   Vocals
Mathew Cooker   Cello
Richard Dodd   Cello
Terry Glenny   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Andy Martin   Trombone
Bruce Otto   Bass Trombone
Tom Tally   Viola
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Tony Williams   Vocals
Charlie Wilson   Vocals
Brandy   Vocals
Susan Chatman   Violin
Adam Levine   Vocals
Julie Rogers   Violin
Jay-Z   Vocals
Paul Wall   Vocals
Common   Vocals
Ervin Pope   Keyboards
Cam'ron   Vocals
Eric Gorfain   Violin
Strings   Vocals
Daphne Chen   Violin
A-Trak   scratching
Consequence   Vocals
Denise Briese   Double Bass
Don-C   Vocals
Piotr Jandula   Viola
Tom Craskey   Keyboards
Dave Tozer   Guitar
Plain Pat   Vocals
Alyssa Park   Violin
Francis Senger   Double Bass
Audrey Solomon   Violin
Marisa Kuney   Violin
Keyshia Cole   Vocals
John Legend   Vocals
Marda Todd   Viola
Game   Vocals
GLC   Vocals,Track Performer
Lupe Fiasco   Vocals
Really Doe   Vocals,Track Performer
Deray   Vocals
Jason Torreano   Double Bass
Amy Wickman   Violin
Steven Holtman   Trombone
David Sage   Viola
Victoria Lanier   Violin
Michele Gondry   Drums
Keenan "Keynote" Holloway   Bass Guitar
Tony "Penafire" Williams   Vocals
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jon Brion   Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Audio Production
Lorenz Hart   Composer
R. Simmons   Composer
Adam Levine   Composer
C. Willis   Composer
J.J. Barry   Composer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Darin Black   Composer
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Eric Gorfain   Orchestration
Warryn Campbell   Producer,Audio Production
J. Smith   Producer
L.D. Harris   Composer
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua   Executive Producer
Tom Biller   Engineer
Eric Weissman   Sample Clearance
Brian Sumner   Engineer
Ibn Jasper   Groomer
Richard Reitz   Engineer
Devo Springsteen   Producer,Audio Production
Jayceon Taylor   Composer

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