Growing by Degrees

Kanye West adds new subtlety, complexity, and Jon Brion to the idea of sophomoric

Arrogant for sure, but also as good as he thinks he is
photo: Sarah Friedman
Arrogant for sure, but also as good as he thinks he is

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Kanye West
Late Registration
Roc-A-fella
Stream "Heard 'Em Say"
Stream "Gold Digger" (Windows Media)

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  • Mammon in practice, Christ in spirit—that's neat. RZA over Puffy because RZA subsumes Puffy as West subsumes them both. Arrogant for sure, only that's not why he always samples. Anyway, he's as good as he thinks he is—a backpacker at heart who, like many brilliant nerds before him, has accrued precious metal by following his dream. He wants everybody to buy this record. So do I.

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