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Late Registration is the second studio album by American hip hop producer and rapper, kanye West. It was recorded over the course of a year in sessions held across studios. New York City and, hollywood, with West collaborating with American record producer and composer.
The album features guest contributions from. Adam Levine, Lupe Fiasco, Jamie Foxx, Common, Jay-Z, Brandy, and, nas, among others. Its production was notably more lush and elaborate than West's 2004 debut album.
The College Dropout, as he utilized intricate sampling methods and string orchestration with Brion. West's lyrics explore both personal and political themes, including poverty, drug trafficking, racism, healthcare, and the blood diamond trade. Late Registration was released by, roc-A-Fella Records and, def Jam Recordings on August 30, 2005, to widespread critical acclaim.
It earned West the 2006 Grammy Award for, best Rap Album and an, album of the Year nomination, while appearing at the top of several publications' year-end lists ranking the year's top albums. Rolling Stone named it the best album of 2005, and later included it at number 118 on its 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Late Registration debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 860,000 copies in its first week.
The album has thus far sold over.1 million copies in the United States and has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It produced five singles, including the international hits " Touch the Sky " Heard 'Em Say " and " Gold Digger the latter of which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Music videos for all five singles were produced, and West also supported the album with a promotional concert tour, and the live album Late Orchestration.
Contents Background edit Late Registration is the second of Kanye West's planned four education-themed studio albums. 1 Following the major success of The College Dropout, the album reveals his progression in writing lyrics and an incorporation of a wider range of musical styles. 2 At the time, the focal point of West's production style was the use of sped-up vocal samples from soul records.
2 However, due in part to the acclaim of The College Dropout, such sampling had been much copied by others; with that overuse, and also because West felt he had become too dependent on the technique, he decided to find a new sound. 1 A longtime fan of the English trip hop group Portishead, West had been significantly influenced by Roseland NYC Live, the band's 1998 live album with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
3 Early in his career, the live album had inspired him to incorporate string arrangements into his hip hop production. Though West had not been able to afford many live instruments around lopez the time of his debut album, the money from his commercial success enabled him to hire a string orchestra for his second album. 3 West juxtaposed the lush, intricate melodies of the string section with the hard, pounding drum rhythms of hip-hop, and used the sound for the foundation of his rapping.
3 West collaborated with American film score composer Jon Brion, who served as the album's co-executive producer for several tracks. 4 West had been exposed to Brion's work while watching the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for which Brion had composed music. West was also listening to songs Brion had produced for When the Pawn., the second studio album of alternative singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, another one of West's favorite musicians and sources of musical inspiration for the album.