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Late Registration turns 10

Happy 10th birthday, Late Registration.

Can you believe that?!

August 30, 2005 saw the release of Kanye West’s critically acclaimed (Grammy winning Best Rap Album) sophomore album.

So naturally, today, just mere hours away from Kanye West receiving the VMA for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, let’s take a behind the scenes, and personal, look back at Late Registration.

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I’ll start right away with some controversy. I guess it’s only fitting since controversy soon followed Kanye 10 years ago.

For me, Late Registration is my favorite Kanye album. More than popular choices like College Dropout and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. (But really, can you really go wrong making a case for any Kanye album?)

What gives Late Registration the slightest of edges to me is what I think should be a determining factor for you: the sentimental value within your life that can continue to be measured over time.

You see, August 30, 2005 was the start of my senior year of high school. As it turned out, Late Registration dropped at the start of one of my most formative years and became the overbearing soundtrack of the end of summer, all of fall, parts of winter, and again in the spring around commencement.

High school senior privileges also allowed us to drive and park at school — a privilege in itself. So no doubt that first, second week of school I was blaring Late Registration at high volume with the windows down. If I got to school quick, it was “Touch The Sky” as I took the long route alongside the sidewalk to finally an open spot. If it took a little longer to get to school, “Gold Digger”. In traffic, it was “Drive Slow” (of course.) Before I picked up the homies, it was the 1,2 punch of the Wake Up Mr. West skit and “Heard Em Say” — the fitting anthem to start your day to and one that I had to run back today.

School’s out now, what do I fast forward to? Ye’s last verse on “Gone” obviously. Then the “Diamonds” OG version, with the sun setting sometimes, as I never fully tired of the rhymes and the sample since the summer.

There’s a song for every mood on here. The “Roses” x “Bring Me Down” x “Addiction” combo for nighttime crusing. “Hey Mama” for Mom. The world fully realized then, and it’s even easier to see now, how West’s versatility could be so impactful. With album #2, Kanye proving the first was no fluke quickly became a footnote. Kanye West, Superstar, was now universally recognized.

I made sure my high school knew it too, ha. I know I wasn’t the only one with Late Registration with the windows down, but I don’t care. Kanye’s mix of skill, sound, sophistication, and style made me feel like the coolest kid in the school.

Cheers to 10 years!

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You also clicked for some videos, didn’t ya? Well, thanks to an aggregate gathering from Team Kanye Daily, I relived a few gems that you might also be seeing for the first time.

First and foremost, the full episode of “Kanye West Makes an Album” on MTV2 that chronicled Mr. West and his complete cast of collaborators in the studio. Fascinating re-watch today for too many reasons to list.

Following suit, a look back at the Making Of and actual concert brilliantly dabbed Late Orchestration. This live album gave me new life and most notably, “Touch The Sky” featuring Lupe became my coming back to Chicago anthem that I would put on repeat whenever I got back home for college break. I could write another post on this alone but I’ll save that for another reflective moment.

Below that: a dope Late Registration samples infographic and the handful of music videos to enjoy before Kanye at the VMAs tonight!

Kanye West to perform 808s in L.A.

L.A. readers, you’re in for a treat next month.

Kanye West is coming to the Hollywood Bowl to perform 808s & Heartbreak in its entirety on September 25th. So cool. I dig when artists perform full albums of their past and as we know, 808s was much different from Kanye and anyone’s library at the time, and still today.

Need a reminder?

Tickets on sale September 4th through Ticketmaster, but the event is taken down already. What does this mean exactly? Hopefully that it’s not a rouse…


The Definitive History of “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”

Yesterday I caught this tweet in the timeline (thanks to Chance who retweeted it). I even read it in Kanye’s voice too.


Naturally, I clicked and was fascinated by the oral history of this historic television and cultural moment almost 10 years to the date in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. We all know the moment, and we all know how it impacted Kanye West.

To me, the article was refreshing because I had forgotten, along with 2/3 of the people in the poll, Kanye’s poignant remarks towards the media before his iconic 7 words on George Bush.

Click here to read the full recollection and watch below to refresh your memory as well.

#TBT: “Hurricane” LIVE @ EMAs 2010 — 30 Seconds To Mars & Kanye West

A fresh #TBT post today inspired by the news that Kanye West will be receiving the VMA Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this Sunday (and hopefully an iconic performance to follow) as well as a random Instagram #BlastFromThePast that Jared Leto blasted yesterday.

I then wanted to look up one of my favorite Kanye features, taking us back to 2010 when the two performed the song, surprise style, live at the EMAs in Madrid. I actually don’t remember watching this when it happened so I’m glad to have run it back now with ‘Ye performing part of his chilling verse in peak autotune.

Leto let him have the stage right after for Kanye to perform “Power” just as it was impacting now 5 years ago (wow.) Just one of the many cool Kanye live performances to get you in the right mindframe for Sunday. Enjoy!