Late Registration

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Social themes explored in this edited CD.

Parents say

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Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

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Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Not afraid to confront some interesting social and political issues.


Some violent images


Some sexy stuff, but not overwhelmingly explicit.


Strong language.


Ads for merchandise in the CD booklet.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several references to drugs along with anti-drug messages.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this rapper employs explicit language and a visceral edge that might be uncomfortable for some parents. But Kanye West is an artist with something important to say, and he says it very very well. And, this album provides a rare example of an edited CD being at least as good as the explicit version.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrichardmills June 9, 2020
Adult Written byAlexandre M. February 20, 2018
Holy crap it’s good
Teen, 15 years old Written byspeedblazer99 April 27, 2021

this would lead up to a mix between Yeezus & the King of Pop

in 2008 Kanye remixed "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson for Thriller 25th anniversary edition and that song is just the original with ad libs drum samp... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 10, 2019

What's the story?

Kanye West loves to put down higher education, yet both his debut album and this follow-up, LATE REGISTRATION, contain cover and insert art paying homage to the trappings of Academia – could there be some unresolved issues here? Whatever the artist's feelings about his own academic career, he's moved beyond schoolboy concerns to confront serious and important social and political issues. West shows real guts as he creates songs about inadequate health care (\"Roses\"), the weakening of political activism in the African American community as a result of drug use (\"Crack Music\"), and the relationship between the jewelry industry and Sierra Leone's civil war (\"Diamonds\").

Is it any good?

At least Kanye West is talking about something other than money, women, and living the life of a famous rapper, even if some of the lyrics are simplistic and a bit clumsy. Exquisite production (in collaboration with Jon Brion) helps bring out the best in these songs, and a long list of guest cameos features the talents of Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Lupe Fiasco, Jamie Foxx channeling Ray Charles, Paul Wall & GLC, Common, Game, Brandy, Jay-Z, Nas & Really Doe, Consequence & Cam'Ron. Though he employs explicit language and a visceral edge that might be uncomfortable for some parents, Kanye West is an artist with something important to say, and he says it very very well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the very real socio-political issues that Kanye West has the courage to confront, and the difference between his chosen subject matter and that of artists who write songs about nothing more than money, violence, and fame.

Music details

  • Artist: Kanye West
  • Release date: August 30, 2005
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: February 20, 2018

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