Graduation - Kanye West - Sondz

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Graduation is the third studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West, released on September 11, 2007, through Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. Recording sessions took place between 2005 and 2007 at several studios in New York and Los Angeles. It was primarily produced by West himself, with contributions from various other producers. The album also features guest appearances from recording artists such as Dwele, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Mos Def, DJ Premier, and Chris Martin of Coldplay. The cover art and its interior artwork were designed by Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.

Inspired by stadium tours, house-music and indie rock, Graduation marked a departure from the ornate, soul-based sound of West's previous releases as he musically progressed to more anthemic compositions. West incorporated layered synthesizers and dabbled with electronics while sampling from various music genres and altering h...

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Release date5/9/2007
CountryJapan
Length66:04
StatusOfficial
Label(s)Universal International
CatalogueUICD-6142
PackagingBootleg
Language, scriptLatin
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To many outsiders, Kanye West's work may, on the surface still resemble the more...

To many outsiders, Kanye West's work may, on the surface still resemble the more generic bling and bragging of his contemporaries. Yet it's undeniable that he's introduced a distinctly more palatable sense of humour and self-effacement into an arena where those who shout the loudest get the spoils. But let's not get too carried away. Graduation, his first studio album since 2005's Late Registration, still name-checks the material rewards of being a modern R&B; superst...

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