Released: July 2005
‘The College Dropout’ was a thrilling enough mix of myth-making and speeded up soul samples but it didn’t have a peak like this. Kanye returned in 2005 with an unabashed pop song, making inspired use of Jamie Foxx’s Ray Charles turn before sampling the great man himself, and bleeding his wit dry with a bottomless pit of quotable lines. Now he’s a compelling blend of braggadocio and woe-is-me, it’s good to remember the party-starting satirist.
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