Breaking Down Kanye West’s Six Platinum Solo Albums

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  • 16. Kanye West "We Major"
    Yeezy made a huge splash with this Late Registration album cut, recruiting the God MC Nas to spit several bars alongside him and G.O.O.D. music affiliate Really Doe. But not only did ’Ye secure the stellar guest appearance, but he seemingly managed to stump God’s Son, who opened up his verse pondering, “I heard the beat and I ain’t know what to write/First line should it be about the hoes or the ice?” We major! C’mon homie we major!<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/r4fiuL0mRXA?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/r4fiuL0mRXA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
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    The media can't tell Kanye nothing. And Mr. West had to say what was on his mind when he appeared on a nationally televised fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Actor Mike Myers who stood alongside Kanye looked stunned, and so did the entire nation, as West, slightly nervous in his tone, skipped the teleprompter and said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." 'Ye, like many Americans, had grown frustrated with Bush's slow response to Katrina. Fittingly, West's sophomore LP, <em>Late Registration</em> had just hit stores, and the controversy helped push the disc to 860, 000 units in the first week. Years, later, Bush released a new book, <em>Decision Points</em> in which he revealed that 'Ye's comment was one of the lowest points in his presidency. West consequently forgave him.
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    If there's ever an acceptable time for rappers to let their guard down and show a sensitive side, it's been in the line of honoring their mothers. From introspective rappers like Mos Def to goofballs like Mac Miller, emcees from all walks of life have partaken in bigging up the most important woman of their life. And rightfully so. So join us, as <i>XXL</i> takes a look back at some of the most heart warming tribute songs for mom. — <i>XXL Staff </i>(@XXLStaff)

Album: Late Registration
Release Date: August 30, 2005
First Week Sales: 860,000
Major Singles: “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” (No. 43); ”Gold Digger (No.1); ”Heard ‘Em Say” (No. 26); ”Touch The Sky” (No. 42); ”Drive Slow” (N/A)
Platinum Certification Date: September 29, 2005 (4 weeks)
XXL Rating: XXL
Top News Headlines: Kanye Says George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People On A Live Telecast For Hurricane Katrina Relief Funds
Kanye Claims That AIDS Is A “Man-Made Disease”
Biggest Rap Album Competitor: 50 Cent, The Massacre; Common, Be
Memorable Remixes/Feature Verses: Rhymefest, “Brand New”; Common, “They Say”
Classic Collaborations/Production Credits: Game, “Dreams”; Common, Be; Cam’ron, “Down and Out”
Unforgettable Quotes
“I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in.”
“If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.”
“George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
“Anyone who doesn’t give [The College Dropout] a perfect score is lowering the integrity of the magazine.”
“Come on now! How could you be me and want to be someone else?”
“Really good people like me are scared of falling off. I’m totally scared of falling off. Just imagine it. Just imagine if I woke up one day and I was whack. What would I do then?”
Grammy Awards Won: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song (“Diamonds From Sierra Leone”), Best Rap Solo Performance (“Gold Digger”)

  • Chaosvagslayer1

    “It ain’t Ralph though” how is that one not an unforgettable quote… come on lol

  • Mike Ski

    What about ‘Pac?

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