Kanye West
Graduation

kanye.jpgLet’s start with the facts: This issue went to press in mid-September, before the SoundScan numbers for Kanye West’s and 50 Cent’s latest albums came in. So by the time you read this, the “winner” of the 9/11 showdown will already have been declared. Also, by the time he finishes this sentence, Kanye will be disgusted by the letters lingering above the image of his album cover at the beginning of this review. He was expecting three letters (again), but he only receives two this go-round. But what’s more important than sales and ratings is the music.

It’s a given that West is one of this generation’s greatest talents—a beat maverick responsible for countless genre-defining hits and a musical mastermind far beyond his years. So, as expected, the Chicagoan’s third offering, Graduation, is leaps and bounds beyond much of the material released in the “Hip-hop is dead” era, but the plateau ’Ye resides on has a population of one, making his true competition himself. With that in mind, going up against two classic albums is a tall task, even for Mr. West.

The ghost of Jay-Z frames West’s third chapter, as Hova’s voice is spliced into the closing refrain of the moody opener, “Good Morning,” and the disc concludes with an open letter to Jigga dubbed “Big Brother.” The premature tribute is an honest self-analysis that details Kanye’s journey from bashful fan, to overlooked underling, to praised peer (“Big Brother saw me at the bottom of the totem/Now I’m on the top, and everybody on the scrotum”). Another reflective moment comes on the piano-driven “Everything I Am,” where the new Preemo enlists the scratching services of the old Preemo to defend his flamboyancy and briefly discuss his hometown’s growing murder rate, before announcing, “My 15 seconds up, but I got more to say/That’s enough Mr. West, please, no more today.”

Therein lies Kanye’s critical conundrum.Unlike his previous efforts, which contained several songs layered in political (“Crack Music” and “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”) and social (“All Falls Down” and “Heard ’Em Say”) commentary, Graduation features only a peppering of message music. Instead, the Louis Vuitton Don offers up heavy doses of swagology. While the Lil Wayne–featured “Barry Bonds” thumps like Sasquatch’s feet, it’s an example of undeniable style over substance. Then there’s the creepy Mos Def collabo “Drunk and Hot Girls,” which comes off like a date rapist’s lullaby, as Kanye slurs, “Please don’t fall asleep, baby, we almost back… Oh, now you sober, how’d I know you’d say that?”

All is forgivable, however, for one overriding reason—the orchestration here is remarkable. Graduation’s production arch runs the gamut from futuristic synth pop to bold brews of churning bass and bursts through the speakers like aural fireworks. Proof of this excellence of execution lies in inspirational anthems like the Daft Punk–samplin’ “Stronger” and the looming “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” Nevertheless, Kanye himself brings up the need for more mental darts on the uplifting “Champion,” where he ironically quips, “Lauryn Hill said her heart was in Zion/I wish her heart still was in rhyming/’Cause who the kids gon’ listen to, huh?/I guess me, if it isn’t you.”

After setting a precedent for kickin’ the truth to the youth, ’Ye squanders the opportunity here by opting to make his third dissertation basic, resulting in more bark than bite. While the G.O.O.D. Music orator undoubtedly crafts a collection of great compositions, great, unfortunately, doesn’t always equal classic. —ANSLEM SAMUEL

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  • Hilltop finest

    First I think this is better than his last album lyrics and production. I don’t think Big Brother is premature. I think that was great

    • Hard Hittaz

      Fuck that my man did his thing people hating on him grow up he doing his thing

  • Hilltop finest

    First I think this is better than his last album lyrics and production. I don’t think Big Brother is premature. I think that was great

  • Anli(Aint.Nothin.Like.It)

    Dont let being a fan get in the way of actually critiquing the work. If you do that then your biased and unfair. Like he sd great doesnt always equal classic

  • paper

    so is this article dissin him or showin thanks too me shit was album of the year so far kanye best rapper alive

  • N.O. 4 life

    Graduation is a classic.Just because someone is not being a social activist on the album doesn’t give any reason to take away from the album.Classics are albums that are going to be listened to years from now.Graduation is the biggest album of 2007 and the biggest hip hop album in while and will be remembered for that.

  • Rockcity

    Late Registration is a hard album to top tho, but i still think the rating for this is pretty on point

  • Mr. West

    What the fuck dawg are you fucking kidding me? This album is definitely a XXL, especially after all the bullshit you guys give XL’s too…..fuck your ratings have fallen off…who knows who still agrees with your ratings….listen to that album again and again…i guess you guys just need to give it an XL so in your year end magazine you can have an excuse to say we fucked up. Ye you got a classic XXL for all the real hip hop heads. fuck these guys they ain’t shit we buys the album.

    • saybian

      I should had read your comment before posting XXL does that shit all the time.

  • Stonyman

    So less message music and he goes on to sell the more albums then his two previous releases. WTF?! To tell you the truth I love this album and I love the growth on the beats. It just fits the whole celebration of graduation. It really is just out of this world sound and it fits so well. ‘Ye did an awesome job piecing it all together and the album art adds that extra touch. My only complaint is that it is too short. CD’s hold 80 mins of music fill that shit up please I want to just pop this CD in on a long trip and just chill the fuck out.

  • http://xxlmag.com mr1836

    **fact**

    Chamillionaires CD is far better! The Kanye v. 50 hype decieved all of you, AND THEY KNEW IT! Cham showed the souths versitily and he HIMSELF says there are trash rappers in the south, but dont label them “all the same”. Know what. . .F*uck it. . .you a$$holes keep destroying good atrists.

    R.I.P Hip-Hop: 1979-1999

  • freakyfiikkii

    I agree with the rating. It listen to this CD every chance I get because it is definitely good music, but when 2017 comes around, they’re not going to be able to resell it as an 10th anniversary edition like they did the Illmatic album

  • Kapadonis

    The album was not a classic. And just because it was the best album of 2007 does not reflect on the greatness of the album but more so reflects on the fact that a lot of wac shit’s been coming out. Dude’s lyrics were really suspect like “Buy all jeans necessary”. He had a couple of corny joints. And the album didn’t have them dope anthem songs like “Get ‘em High”, “We Major”, etc.

  • Fire

    Good way to sum it up. Definitely think he should have put some more political or social commentary songs in there, but it was still an awesome album (though not as good as his first two).

  • LowEndofDaChi

    While I do agree with the rating, I will say this. You have to look at artistry of this caliber from a different standpoint, dude wrote about what he felt. If he approached the creation process like “damn, I need to throw more political/socially concious joints on there”, then the listeners would’ve been short changed b/c it wasn’t something the artist truly wanted/felt the need to write. Think on it.

  • Gutta

    its not xxl because 50′s album will not receive a xxl rating, if so then someone will claim bias towards the project. my only thing is if common’s Be gets a xxl rating and ghostface gets a xxl rating how doesnt graduation get a xxl rating?? i bet 9 out 10 people would say that graduation is better than ye’s previous albums let alone commons be. cant tell me nothin,classic song…..big brother,classic song…stronger,groundbreaking song,plus the production is better than any hip hop album out. and the only reason why the album is not classic is because there is MAYBE less socially motivated songs? im curious to know what yn thinks

  • Kanye

    Come on fam….are you serious???? i deserve a XXL man this album cost a million dollars fam how you gonna do this bullshit If i dont win then XXL Mag loses

  • I AM DA BEAST

    Wow the moment that someone reflects on themselves and stops focusing on everyone else for five seconds people try to doubt him? People are selfish some times I mean seriously this album deserves an XXL every aspect of it is classic. This album has some of the best beats I’ve ever heard, and almost every song could’ve been put out as a single. Tch…Some people man.

  • Fire

    Low End,
    I know and I agree with you as usual. I wasn’t saying that he should put political or social songs on there if he didn’t feel compelled to write them, but like the review said, he’d done that to a big degree on his other albums, and the fact that he didn’t do it to that same extent was unexpected. It threw me for a loop, that’s all, which in this case was good. Nobody has to fit into a certain mold all the time. Believe me, as a writer I can understand that. Gradution was still great.

  • http://xxlmag.com THAT NIGGA FROM THE CHI

    I BOUGHT KANYE AND 50′S ALBUM, AND TRUTHFULLY FIF’S IS BETTER. SHIT I FROM THE CHI, KANYE USED TO LIVE DOWN THE STREET FROM ME, HES A FUCKING WEIRDO. SCAREY ASS NIGGA. EVEN THO THA HAS NNOTHING TO DO WITH HIS MUSIC IT NEEDS TO BE KNOWN. FIFTY HAD A MORE WELL ROUNDE ALBUM TO ME, KANYE ON THE OTHER HAND IS TRYING TO APPEAL TO FAGGOTS WHITE PEOPLE AND GOOFIES LIKEHIMSELF THAN MAKE G.O.O.D MUSIC. KANYES 1ST, AND 2ND ALBUM WERE WAY BETTER THAN THIS ATTEMPT TO SELL RECORDS, HIPHOP IS DEAD, AND NOT BECAUSE OF ANY SOUTHERN ARTIST OR DANCE CRAVE. ITS DEAD BECAUSE PEOPLE RATHER RIDE KANYES DICK RATHER THEN TELL HIM HIS JOINTS SUCK. BESIDES, THINK ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PURCHACED HIS CD AND WAS DISAPOINTED. JUST BECAUSE HE SOLD MORE RECORDS DOSENT MEAN, EVERYONE IS HAPPY WITH IT ONCE THEY HEARD IT. KEEP DICK RIDING FAKE SHIT AND HIPHOP WILL CROKE.

  • rich

    This is so true. Ye tried hard but he forgot what we were expecting and did what he wanted anyway. Its good, but no cigar. Be happy that is better than 50′s.

  • Big Chunk

    you people are such bitches, this album is so braggadocios, it gets old by the sixth song, I mean the production is truly great, but the lyrics seriously are lacking

  • T.R.E.Y.

    man, your reviewers always find the dumbest reasons to downrate stuff.

    “Drunk” is ill and who cares how much “message music” it is if it’s better than his last two albums? but y’all had to be “edgy” with the XL, lol

  • Danny

    The review came only a month too late but all right.

  • Good Article

    ‘great, unfortunately, doesn’t always equal classic.’

    And ‘real Hip-hop heads’ would know this was a good album, but shit’s overhyped because of 9/11 and 50 cent.

    Classic means historically memorable. This album was good. Classic, no.

  • Peru

    Its not a classic period, he does not represent his city all that well…Mascots and pink polos??? C’mon, cant tell me nothing was lyrically average, stronger was some cartoon shit, and big brotha, good concept for a song but poorly written and I’m a huge Kanye fan. It’s only a 4 out of 5. And Kanye might be a closet fag. I hate to say anything negative about anybody’s shit, but it was a growth from his last project, but it was a lateral growth.

  • http://xxl rella

    this album is rza meet gza, it just dat gr8. stop tryna find faults.

  • RAZ

    Yal kidding me right. I can’t even talk bout this dude, he’s so much of a genius with production that y he samples all his best shit. 2nd he can’t rap, yal kill me wit telling me he a lyricist, yal must think Canibus is God cause he the best lyricist (but I don’t see yal buying his music). Ya only bought Graduation cause ya hate 50, which mite I add is all I hear niggas bangin in they cars in Philly.

  • Fire

    “2nd he can’t rap, yal kill me wit telling me he a lyricist”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    You gotta be kidding me. He’s not the best, but he’s definitely a lyricist. Who do you consider lyricists?

  • Shakespeare

    I have to say I used to love xxl; yet then I stop reading for resons like this review. You guys should of made this a classic album; it just doesnt stand the test of time for hip-hop but for music at this time and place period. & start to review real rythmers, like Dizze Rascal; hes the best rapper in the world right now and you guys dont even give him a sentece!

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do?

    Kanye’s album was weak and so was 50′s. Chamillionare was was way better than both them clowns

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Only College Dropout came close to XXL, but even that didnt get it for me.

    Graduation is weak from what I have heard from other people. Def not a XL.

  • Real Talk

    This is a classic like his last two. I think its weak to take off points just cuz he doesnt have no social or political songs. If you did that to all present artists, their ratings would be in the toilet. Comparing Ye’s new stuff to his old stuff reminds me of everyone panning Nas’s newer albums just cuz they weren’t like Illmatic. And what happened? A bunch of weak artists ended up dethroning the king after a while. All of Nas’s albums are classics. Streets Disciples and Nastradamus is probably his weakest albums but they are still really dope albums, I don’t care what people say.

    Anyways compare Graduation to everything in the field. Compare it to anything in the entire history of the game. I aint never heard an album like it. It’s different than any hiphop album I’ve ever heard including Ye’s previous releases. And not only is it different, its fuckin great. I’ll bump it now. And whenever I get tired of it, this shit will still be good 20 years from now. Thats what a classic is. A classic isnt doing what you was doin on your last classics. Its makin a new classic. Dumbass critics dont understand that.

  • Chainz322004

    I believe Kanye has shown that he’s mastered the area of production. This album has the best beats anyone will have this year. I’m kanye’s biggest fan…..but even I have to say that lyrically this is a step backwards. Not really as a whole but partially. On tha track “Good Life” he spits, “Have you ever popped champagne on a plane
    While getting’ some brain
    Whipped it out, she said “I never seen snakes on a plane”"…..It’s a funny line but it pales in comparison to the verse he spit on “Roses” from LR or “Jesus Walks” on TCD…..”Everything I Am” had a very nice beat and was very honest. I also like “Homecoming” which treating Chi-Town like a woman was very creative. Kind of fusing Common’s “Used to Love H.E.R” with Michael Jacksons Lyrics on “Human Nature”. Plus his lyrics were great on “Champion”. I agree he should only put socially conscious music if he feels that way. So you can’t fault him for that cause if he did it just for XXL then he’s not being truthful. I agree with the rating but it’s on a Kanye scale. A XL for him isn’t the same as a XL for an artist like Jeezy or Joc. So I can respect it cause the beats were so XXXL but the lyrics were only M or L so I can agree with XXL in that respect. It’s still the album of the year.

    • GET IT BIATCH

      SHUT YO BIATCH AZZ UP CHAINZ322004. CURTIS KILLED COLLEGE DROPOUT THIS WEEK. KANYE’S FLO IS WEAK & SO IS HIS BEATS. G-UNIT 4 LIFE!!! 50 CENT, YAYO, & BUCK R GONNA 2 LIVE UNTIL THEY DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • GET IT BIATCH

      SHUT YO BIATCH AZZ UP CHAINZ322004. CURTIS MURDERED COLLEGE DROPOUT LIKE 50 KILLED YO MAMA. KANYE’S FLO IS WEAK & SO IS HIS BEATS. G-UNIT 4 LIFE!!! 50 CENT, YAYO, & BUCK R GONNA 2 LIVE UNTIL THEY DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KMEEZ

    I MEAN FIRST OF ALL… XXL IS NOT TREATIN THE RATING FAIR AT ALL..WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THEY EVEN GAVE A XXL TO AN ALBUM ….I MEAN YOU GUYS AT XXL OFTEN MISJUDGE CLASSIC MATERIAL WHEN YOU HEAR IT..I MEAN YALL EVEN DID IT TO JAY-Z FIRST JOINT.. SO I MEAN YOU GOTTA GIVE KANYE THE XXL..CUZ SO FAR GRADUATION IS BY FAR THE BEST ALBUM IVE HEARD IN THE BAST 2 TO 3 YEARS MAN..THATS SAYIN SOMETHIN…AND BASED ON HOW MUCH HE SOLD HIS FIRST WEEK..NOBODY HAS SOLD THAT MUCH SINCE 50 DID ON THE MASSCRE….SO ITS ONLY RIGHT TO TAKE TIME AND OANEL DECISIONS ON ALBUMS..CUZ KANYE SHOULD OF GOTTEN A XXL..WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT NAHMEAN!

  • Meechy

    Kanye is raw,first of all and aint nobody fuckin wit him. When i first listened to graduation i was thinking he could have done better. but after a few more listens, i was lovin it and still do. IT IS A CLASSIC. Everybody has their own type of vibe to music. ilove kanye’s shit its the best.i do agree somewhat about the lyrics but at the same time some songs were meant to be made differently, like I wonder which starts out weird but is also catchy, and towards the middle/end he snaps. and As for the production of the cd, Its the best and i love it. i like hearing kanye try new thngs . i cant wait to hear more from him.

    i also cant wait to hear his production for micheal jackson’s next cd!!!!!!!!!

    STAY TUNED!!!!!

    I BELIEVE THIS CD WASN’T MEANT TO BE DEEP LIKE THE OTHERS, I BELIEVE KANYE WAS JUS MAKING REGULAR MUSIC SOME WHAT, WITH WATEVER TOPIC TO SOME SONGS LIKE THESE DEAD RAPPERS, BUT DID IT WAY BETTER MUSIC THAN THE OTHERS

  • oz da villain

    “Graduation” was mediocre at best. Personally, I only liked about three songs on it, the rest was garbage. I feel that giving it in XL was being extremely generous. Even though he did outsell “Curtis”, which in my opinion was a far superior album. Maybe. it wasn’t Fifty’s best work to date but it did have some quality music in it and i would recommend it 10 to 1 over “Graduation”

  • ZGEE

    wow, even with all the shitty, terrible-for-the-youth gangster albums you review, you shit on kanye for not being conscious enough? you can’t be serious.

  • jg420

    did anyone notice that xxl did not review curtis?

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Big L

    YOU GUYS ARE FUCKIN STUPID FOR NOT RATING IT A XXL. U GIVE THE CLIPSE A XXL BUT NOT KANYE, WHEN KANYE COMES OUT WITH MORE SINGLES AND WENT PLATINUM THE FIRST WEEK…COME ON, WHOEVER IS CRITICIZING THESE ALBUMS NEEDS TO GET FIRED CUZ THEY DONT KNOW WHAT THE FUCK THEY’RE TALKIN ABOUT!!!LISTEN TO THE ALBUM!!!

  • C-walk

    Kanye’s album is great… compared to 95% of the albums out of there today, it deserves XXL… Curtis is weak…. Graduation is strong….

    BUT… Ultimate Victory is the BEST! Hands down, amazing album… Chamillionaire is SO good that you don’t even notice he doesn’t swear at all on it. Cham deserves an XXXL rating, if only it were possible.

  • nick

    this is such bullshit. kanye killed it on this album. how can you say that this is the sound of the future but not give it a classic. lyrically it is not as full has cd and lr but it has higher points than some tracks on either of those (addiction breath in breath out). songs like i wonder and flashing lights are why i love kanye they strech boundries of hip hop i should this shit to heads and to rockers all love it. this shit is a classic and yall just trippin’. this reminds me of reasonable doubt your gonna look back and kick ur self in years, no you wont you already are.

  • http://www.yahoo.com What it do

    Kanye is gay. His music is trash. His lyrics are wack and so is his weak ass flo. I wish 50 would have socked him in the face at the MTV vmas. Dont buy graduatuion it sounds like something old gay hippies would listen too. Fuck kanye and jay-z. GGGGG-unit

  • http://skahare@yahoo.com black native

    bitch niggas are brainwashed 4ever.graduation s far better than the so called “curtis”.ma girl is complaining afta buying curtis.pls give crdt where and When are due.G-UNIT WAS AN IDEA OF THE LATE J.SAVIMBI of UNITA.

  • “Retro”

    lemme get this straight, Kanye has an XL for not being a social activist, and Chamillionaire got a L for being too socialy conscious. Ok, then I guess thats why XXL didnt even bother reviewing
    “Curtis”. I didnt buy “Curtis” so I can only speculate that it is filled with mainstream friendly music, with sprinkles of his thuggish background on a few “Ima gangsta, I’ll kill you” swag type joints, plus some shit for the ladies. But with Kanye, you couldnt even begin to imagine what his CD was gonna be about. That “Big Brother” track was so real, not premature by any means, and “Everything I Am” was so somber and refreshing, I have to turn to that track as soon as I put the cd in. XXl you got it right on the production, Kanye put it down as usual. Who the fuck is this guy “What It Do”, I’m gonna guess that hes a 14 year old teenage boy, who only listens to 50 because of the facade BOO BOO puts on when he steps out the door. You really think Curtis walks around his plush Conneticuit Mansion beatin niggas up? Ya ok. Ima leave on a good note, “Ima bout dollas, who the fuck is 50 cent” from your favorite rappers favorite rapper, Jay-Z. Oh by the way, Chamillionaire shoulda got at least an XL.

  • T.R.E.Y.

    now i know “ignorance” is an overused term, but…

    damn. most of y’all criticizing the album in this thread are on some ign’ant shit.

    run, Kanye’s gonna turn rap into a gay white hipster genre!

  • Sam_I_Am

    does anyone know why Curtis wasn’t given a review? I want to know how XXL compared them to each other. 50′s was better in my opinion.

  • QueenOfBeef

    Perfect example of XXL being stupid. I wish you guys would climb out of Kanye’s ass and climb into my pussy and let my moist pussy lips clamp onto your cranium as i suck you into the quivering depths of my soaked uterus.

  • NAPTOWNRIDER

    GRADUATION IS AN AVERAGE ALBUM TO SAY THE LEAST, BUT ONE CAN SEE KANYE WORK HARD IN IT, WHILE 50 CENT PUTS ALBUMS FOR FUN. KANYE’S BEAT ARE OK IF NOT GREAT BUT HIS LYRIC GAME IS SOMEHOW TWISTED, HE GETS A GOOD AND SMART FIRST LINE BUT MISSES IN THE PUNCH LINE, BUT THE ALBUM IS FROM THE HEART SO HE DESERVES HIS SHINE.

  • GORILLA UNIT CUZZ

    FUCK CRYIN WEST.
    BITCH ASS PUSSY WILL BE A BIATCH AND FOR ALWAYS BE A BIATCH.

  • sean_izzle

    it realy didnt deseve an XXL but it deserved an XL and thats what it got

  • Raider

    LOL! if this gets an XL then Chams cd should of gotten a XXL

  • Rodjilius

    his cd was pretty good better than his last cd too especially the beats just that kanye is too soft for me to really listen to him but his lyrics and beats were hot good album hes just not the type of rapper id normally listen to

  • tha k.i.d.

    I respect Kanye cuz thats my nigga and he can spit…he got lines and shit…I just believe you should never give up on what you really want and he never did

  • Focuzed

    I think the CD is great. It is the best work / SOME of the best work for 07. Itz a song short of a classic. Kayne will be one of hip hopz legendz. I heard KRS-1 talk about the tracks lightz. I think That is also a great song with great beatz. Music is supposed to be different. That is what make hip hop great.

  • GET IT BIATCH

    SHUT YO BIATCH AZZ UP CHAINZ342004. CURTIS KILLED COLLEGE DROPOUT! JAY, CRYIN’ WEST & LIL’ WAYNE R ALL BIATCHES. 50, BUCK, & YAYO R GONNA LIVE UNTIL THEY DIE!!! G-UNIT 4 LIFE!!!!!

    • Fire

      You gotta be kidding me. I’m a 50 fan, but his last album sucked balls. Yayo’s never been good (he needs good beats to make his songs listenable), and Buck is decent. Kanye West and Lil Wayne would murder them all lyrically. All stans are annoying, but G Unit stans are proof that some people will follow anything.

  • joey doe

    Flashing Lights Could be one of my favorite songs of the year. Now I don’t know if this album’s betyer than fitty’s but if not, it’s cutting it pretty close. You can’t compare their rap styles C’MON MAN my cousin listens to punk and indie music and even HE LIKES KANYE or how his old tapes used to say? KANE! 50 doesn’t appeal to much to that crowd and K does.

  • DG3

    Fuck y’all. XXL. Muthafuckaz.

    • joey doe

      NAW FUCK YOU DG3! FAGGIT!

  • RJ

    Kanye started with a classic, and his albums have gotten decreasingly worse.

    Graduation was OK and the rating was well deserved.

  • Henzo Matsala aka Fuck Losers

    It’s official, your boy Matsala is in the building.
    Eyo, niggaz riding Kanye are fucken losers, I guess yall just bunch of pussy ass muthafuckas. 50 is killing despite losing to Kanye, check on his his progress.

    Anyway, fuck yall muthafuckas.
    I’m out.

  • William

    I mean the kanyes album is wayyyyy better then the xxl clipse album (which was still damn good) so i believe it deserves an xxl as well.

  • Bob

    I don’t get Graduation. The only really good thing about Graduation was it made me realize that Finding Forever wasn’t as bas as I thought.

  • RK3

    Look, hands down that CD was really inspirational to me. All of Kanye’s braggin makes me wanna get to where he’s at and brag too. That joint “I Wonder” and “Champion” were ill and also motivational like some Jeezy stuff. Dude on point hands down. The only person I think can really hang with Kanye is Lil Wayne. And they did “Barry Bonds” What more does Hip-Hop need to say it’s not dead, me?

  • saybian

    To start, KANYE offered 13 great songs. OK. Slim Thug, Rick Ross, Bun B, Twista and countless other gave only 4 maybe 5 but still was bestowed an XL? So is the XXl saying that Slim Thugs 1st alblum is as good as Kaynes 3rd? Come on get you shit together. Well the’re probably waiting for the year-end issue to change the rating like they’ve done in the past.

  • http://www.myspace.com/godkingunlimited Shaka

    Kanye stop asking for peoples opinions and be more confident in yourself. You more insecure than a fat model. My suggestions go for therapy you can afford it. the new club anthem is good though.
    P.s. stop sucking jay-z’s dick.

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