On Disc: Kanye West

Album: Graduation

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Graduation by Kanye West

Kanye West
Def Jam

4 stars

Set to drive 50 Cent into retirement, Kanye West’s sophomore album Graduation is a fully loaded disc.

Proving West is no one hit wonder, Graduation is loaded with chart-topping hits. Highlights include the Grammy winner’s first single, the Japanese-inspired “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.”

West’s second single, “Stronger,” remains true to his signature style complete with commanding raps and catchy lyrics.

“Barry Bonds” (featuring Lil Wayne) is sure to be an audience favourite, and “Homecoming,” featuring Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, is a smooth, original track with a captivating hook.

Finally, in a tribute to his idol Jay-Z, the album’s fifteenth track “Big Brother” pays homage to the mentorship imparted to West from the hip-hop mogul.

As West continues to shatter boundaries, his latest album marks a true graduation for him both as a rapper and producer.

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