I stumbled upon this article while looking through various reviews of Late Registration. The article doesn't review the album per song but rather its significance as the mediator on connecting hiphop to its other audience, mostly the whites. Great read tbh.
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During the advent of Late Registration, mainstream America has adopted Kanye West as their poster boy, in hopes that their fears about hiphop do not apply to all rappers. Kanye West, the first ever rapper to be non-gangster perceived as Hiphop's Class Act, mainly because of hiphop's stigma - just a bunch of gangsters and thugs and drug dealers making music. America sees Kanye as operating far away from rap’s usual guidelines or framework. But in reality, he does not. Kanye demonstrates a portion of hip-hop’s universalism that has previously been ignored or misunderstood by the mainstream. The greatest part of Late Registration is Kanye's myriad topics, most of which relate to things not credited as part of hip-hop culture. Kanye demonstrates his contemplations with uncertainty (Heard ‘Em Say), ambition (Touch the Sky, Drive Slow), relationship troubles (Gold Digger), struggle (Bring Me Down, Diamonds from Sierra Leone), love (Roses, Hey Mama), success (We Major, Celebration), and addiction (Addiction), while simultaneously showing how these topics apply to the hip-hop culture despite their great distances from a gangster-type appeal.
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