Kanye West is one of the greatest rappers of all time. Throughout his entire critically acclaimed career, fans have argued for years about which album is his best. One LP that is always in the running for the No. 1 is his sophomore effort, Late Registration. This 15-track masterpiece features some of Yeezy's most memorable records such as "Touch the Sky" -- this helped introduce the world to Lupe Fiasco -- "Crack Music," "Dear Mama," “Diamonds of Sierra Leone,” “Heard ‘Em Say,” "We Major" and "Gold Digger," which is still Kanye's biggest single to date.
Today (Aug. 30) is the 11-year anniversary of the commercial smash hit, which has sold over 3.1 million copies including 860,000 in its first week of release. The project propelled Kanye into one of hip-hop's elite artists and made him an international star.
One listen to the album and it's clear the Chi-town MC is rapping on a extremely solid level. The lyrics are both witty and catchy with many signature lines forever stamped into hip-hop culture ("Feeling better than some head on a Sunday afternoon/Better than a chick that say yes too soon"). From provocative to clever to obnoxious and more, here are the best lyrics from Late Registration.
"Touch the Sky"Kanye West Featuring Lupe Fiasco
"Damn, them new loafers hurt my pocket/Before anybody wanted K. West beats,/Me and my girl split the buffet at KFC"
"Back when they thought pink polos would hurt the Roc/Before Cam got the shit to pop, the doors was closed/I felt like Bad Boy's street team, I couldn't work the locks/Now let's go"
"Heard 'Em Say"Kanye West Featuring Adam Levine
"And I heard 'em say, nothin ever promised tomorrow today/From the Chi, like Tim it's the Hard-a-way/So this is in the name of love, like Robert says/Before you ask me to get a job today, can I at least get a raise on a/minimum wage?"
"Where I'm from the dope boys is the rock stars/But they can't cop cars without seeing cop cars/I guess they want us all behind bars -- I know it"
"They say people in your life for seasons/And anything that happen is for a reason"
"Gold Digger"Kanye West Featuring Jaime Foxx
"She was suppose to buy your shorty TYCO with your money/She went to the doctor got lipo with your money/She walking around looking like Michael with your money/Should of got that insured got GEICO for your money/If you ain't no punk holla we want prenup/We want prenup! Yeah"
"Drive Slow"Kanye West Featuring Paul Wall and GLC
"I used to love to play my demo tape when the system yanked/Felt like I was almost signed when the shit got cranked"
"Crack, raised the murder rate in D.C. and Maryland/We, invested in that, it’s like we got Merrill Lynched/And we been hangin from the same tree, ever since"
"How we stop the Black Panthers?/Ronald Reagan cooked up an answer/You hear that?/What Gil Scott was hearin'/When our heroes and heroines got hooked on heroin"
"I'm arguin like what kind of doctor can we fly in/You know the best medicine go to people that's paid/If Magic Johnson got a cure for AIDS/And all the broke motherfuckers passed away/You telling me if my grandma's in the NBA/Right now she'd be okay?"
"I asked the nurse, 'Did you do the research?'/She ask me, 'Can you sign some t-shirts?'/Bitch is you smokin' reefer?/You don't see that we hurt/But still"
"Bring Me Down"Kanye West
"There'll always be haters, that's the way it is/Hater niggas marry hater bitches and have hater kids"
"Made a mil' myself and I'm still myself/And I'mma look in the mirror if I need some help/Now I'll speak from the heart, y'all all frontin'/Everybody feel a way about K but at least y'all feel something"
"What's your addiction? Is it money? Is it girls? Is it weed?/I've been afflicted by not one, not two, but all three"
"Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)"Kanye West
"And here's the conflict/It's in a black person soul to rock that gold/Spend your whole life trying to get that ice/Bought a Polo rugby, it looks so nice/How can somethin' so wrong make me feel so right?"
"You know the next question, dog, 'Yo, where Dame at?'/This track the Indian dance that bring our rain back"
"We Major"Kanye West Featuring Nas and Really Doe
"Feelin better than some head on a Sunday afternoon/Better than a chick that say yes too soon/Until you have a daughter that's what I call karma/And you pray to God she don't grow breasts too soon"
"Asked the reverend was the strip clubs cool/If my tips helped send a pretty girl through school"
“Can’t you see, you’re like a book of poetry/Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni -- turn one page and there’s my mommy.”
"You work late nights just to keep on the lights/Mommy got me training wheels so I could keep on my bike/And you would give anything in this world/ Michael Jackson leather and a glove, but didn't give me a curl/And you never put no man over me/And I love you for that, Mommy, can't you see?"
"It's a celebration, bitches!/ Grab a drink, grab a glass/After that I grab yo ass"
"Til one day your ass bust through the packaging/You know what though? You my favorite accident"
"Gone"Kanye West Featuring Cam'ron and Consequence
"Damn Ye it'd be stupid to diss you/Even your superficial raps is super-official"
"Yeah, I romance the thought of leaving it all behind/Kanye step away from the lime/Light like when I was on the grind/In the 1-9-9-9/Before model chicks was bending over/Or dealerships asked me 'Benz or Rover?'/Man, if I could just get one beat on Hova/We could get up off this cheap-ass sofa"
"Diamonds From Sierra Leone"Kanye West
"Does he write his own rhymes, well sort of, I think 'em/That mean I forgot better shit than you ever thought of"
"What more could you ask for? The international asshole/Who complain about what he is owed?/And throw a tantrum like he is 3 years old/You gotta love it though somebody still speaks from his soul"
"Baby it's too late for that, lately I've been takin' it slow/Try and make it to the party 'fore the guest list close/With the freshest hoes, the professors know/We about to get real unprofessional/Like them eskimos, what would you do for a Klondike?"