Late Registration

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Social themes explored in this edited CD.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Not afraid to confront some interesting social and political issues.

Violence

Some violent images

Sex

Some sexy stuff, but not overwhelmingly explicit.

Language

Strong language.

Consumerism

Ads for merchandise in the CD booklet.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several references to drugs along with anti-drug messages.

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.

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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Kid, 10 years old July 17, 2009
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i like kanye west and i like this
What other families should know
Great messages
Adult Written bypreppypunk April 9, 2008
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An important Hip Hop album for teens

I was blown away by Kanye West's sophomore album, "Late Registration." Instead of promoting the usual product placement and bling bling that saturates Hip Hop, West confronts these issues head-on. His lyrics serve as a wake up call to African Americans to quit obsessing over material goods. In “Diamonds…” he addresses the topic of children enslaved in Sierra Leone, who are forced to mine the very diamonds that artists flaunt as signs of status in the Hip Hop community. “Late Registration” is truly one of the most important albums of this year and is worthy of critical discussion with your kids.
Adult Written byhappy77801 April 9, 2008
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I am so glad there is at least one rapper out there who talks about things other than jewelery, women, etc.. I allow my kids to listen to the edited version of this over songs by 50 Cent or Eminem because of what he has to say about important issues.

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