Like OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Kanye West’s Late Registration takes on the so-called mission of revolutionizing hip-hop. The Chicago native turned pop music upside down with his breakthrough 2004 debut, The College Dropout, which earned West three grammys and three million sales. On West’s second chapter in his four-chapter anthology, producer Jon Brion is brought along to mold fresh beats, atop witty commentary while crusading the everyman saga. Sure the sample heavy credits read like assembly instructions for a Weber grill, but Kanye West is a guy who sets lofty expectations for himself as a form of exercise.
Clocking in close to an hour and a half, Late Registration is clearly over done on ambition. But when you get to the meat of the album, you