Shocking as it may seem, this is actually my first time listening to this album in its entirety. It sure has been one of the top albums in the 2000s. I guess because I was about 14, a time when I didn’t like rap as much. Amazing this album is almost 10 years old. How time flies! Now because this assignment forced me to not to skip any songs I did find that rather annoying. I understand the purpose which gives you the listener the true initial impression. It was an interesting album. From a scale on 1-5, a 4 (one being the lowest and 5 being the highest). The fact Kanye actually kept the entire theme; hence the title “The College Dropout” was absolutely marvelous. There was no doubt in my mind listening did I feel he did not work hard on this album. Beginning from the intro which I believe is Cedric The Entertainer, it’s giving a message one might believe to encourage his young listeners to “do the right thing” and remain in school. Total opposite but why be shocked, that describes Mr. West controversial personality to the “T”. Kanye West attitude is to encourage young adults to forget college for society! See he is a paradox himself. It’s clearly not for everybody. Most people in the United States go to college because of their parents’ dreams trying to make their children relive them. In reality who is on the top of the money charts these days, scholars or rappers? Along with this theme, I feel there’s a bigger message Kanye West is trying to say as loud as possible. Society has definitely been changing us. It’s becoming even more evident as the years so-called progress, especially in the United States. The world really sees success with beauty and cash, meaning it’s all about how much, money you have nevertheless how you got it. Don’t look too “good” buy your looks, it’ll solve all your problems. We live how others expect us to live, not how we desire to live, so are we living? The songs that speak volumes to me about this particular message would be “All Falls Down” and “Workout Plan”. Writing from a female perspective, it’s way easier to relate because there’s the constant strand on us to look right at all times. Hair long, body perfect flat stomach etc, it’s just not reality. “Hair long look like weave, then she cut all off now she look like eve” is that a problem? YES! Sometimes a person has to do the complete opposite of the stereotype to prove they are indeed an individual. “Workout Plan” says it all in a less serious note. Get the perfect body with Kanye’s workout plan and live the perfect life, right? “Thanks to Kanye’s workout plan now I’m the envy of all my friends” Overall my first time listening to “The College Dropout” by Kanye West just makes me want to follow him even more through his musical career.