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‘Graduation’ offers strong new beats

October 11th, 2007

Kanye West’s new album “Graduation” is arguably his best yet. Released in September, the album combines both softer and more intense beats on all his different songs, giving it a good mix of the hip/hop style.

Each song throughout the album has a different feel and tells a different message. This is typical of Kanye, and if you like that about his work, this album is sure to not disappoint.

Kanye West

There are a few times when he uses rather intense words and phrases, but if you’re a fan of West that is something that you would expect before you picked up this album.

Most of the songs have an introduction that does not seem to go with the song at first but they seem to flow once the beat picks up.

In his radio hit “Stronger,” Kanye jokes about how great he is. He uses a lot of phrasing that suggests what you would like or do in a situation, then says how whatever he is looking for is better. Apparently doing anything for a klondike [bar] isn’t in style anymore.

The album has several songs that have hit potential on it, including “Stronger.” The others are “I Wonder” and “Good Life.”

Although “Stronger” is the current radio hit, the song “Good Life” is arguably a better song and the best song on this album. Kanye talks about living life to the fullest no matter what anyone else says or thinks. He uses phrases like “the good life, let’s go on a living’ spree” and “if they hate then let ‘em hate and watch the money pile up” to demonstrate this point.

There are a few rather interesting songs though, like “Drunk and Hot Girls,” which talks about meeting girls in a club and how he would like to take them home with him.

Kanye features several other artists on this album as well like T-Pain, Lil’ Wayne, Dwele and Chris Martin.

A slower and lighter song on the album is “Everything I Am.” It features a light piano along with a softer beat and talks about how “everything I’m not made me everything I am.”

The intro song, “Good Morning,” talks about getting through High School and out into the real world.

He depicts the average high school career as just a struggle of getting by and also talks about the interaction between peers. This song also features a softer beat.

The last song on the album, “Big Brother,” talks about his older brother being his mentor and how his brother is who he always strived to be, “at the Grammys I said I inspired me, but my big brother who I always tried to be.”

This album, as usual with Kanye’s work, has a different message in every song. Whether it be sarcastic or a critique of problems within our society, Kanye covers it all.

Overall this album is fantastic. It has strong beats and very well thought-out “raps.” Kanye’s still got it.