Late Registration
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Studio album by Kanye West


August 30, 2005


June 2004 - April 2005


Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
Grandmaster Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
The Record Plant
(Hollywood, California)
Chalice Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)


Hip hop, Midwest hip hop, Conscious rap




Roc-A-Fella Records / Def Jam Recordings


Jon Brion, Warryn Campbell, The Carter Administration (exec.), Devo Springsteen, Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua (exec.), Just Blaze, Gee Roberson (exec.), Kanye West (also exec.)

Kanye West chronology


The College Dropout (2004)


Graduation (2007)

Late Registration is the second studio album by American hip hop musician Kanye West, released in August 30, 2005 on Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place at Grandmaster Recording Studios, The Record Plant and Chalice Recording Studios in Hollywood and at Sony Music Studios in New York City from June 2004 to April 2005. West collaborated with American record producer and composer Jon Brion to produce Late Registration, and the album features guest appearances from artists such as Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Jamie Foxx, Nas, Brandy, Paul Wall, GLC, Really Doe, The Game, Adam Levine, Cam'ron and Consequence.

The production is notably more lush and elaborate than West's previous album, The College Dropout. By collaborating with Brion, West was able to utilise production styles and instruments not commonly associated with hip hop music. More intricate sampling methods and the inclusion of string arrangements meant that the production featured on the album was unique. West still sought to deliver lyrics that allowed him to continue his style of storytelling, and the album covers topics of social issues, such as poverty, drug trafficking, health care, and blood diamond trades.

Upon its release, Late Registration received rave reviews from music critics and earned West several accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards and an Album of the Year nomination. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 860,000 copies in its first week. Late Registration produced five singles, including the international hits "Touch the Sky", "Heard 'Em Say" and "Gold Digger", the latter of which topped the Billboard Hot 100 at number one. Music videos for all five singles were produced. West supported the album with a promotional concert tour, and the live album Late Orchestration. The album has since sold over 3,100,000 copies in the United States alone.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Wake Up Mr. West" - Goffin, Masser - 0:41
2. "Heard 'Em Say" Kanye West, Adam Levine Goffin, Levine, Masser, West Kanye West, Jon Brion (co.) 3:24
3. "Touch the Sky" Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco Jaco, Mayfield, Smith, West Just Blaze 3:57
4. "Gold Digger" Kanye West, Jamie Foxx Charles, Richard, West Kanye West, Jon Brion (co.) 3:28
5. "Skit #1" - - - 0:34
6. "Drive Slow" Kanye West, Paul Wall, GLC Harris, Slayton, West Kanye West 4:33
7. "My Way Home Common Lynn, Scott-Heron, West Kanye West 1:44
8. "Crack Music" Kanye West, The Game Meeks, Taylor, West Kanye West, Jon Brion (co.) 4:31
9. "Roses" Kanye West West, Withers Kanye West, Jon Brion (co.) 4:06
10. "Bring Me Down" Kanye West, Brandy West, Williams Kanye West, Jon Brion (co.) 3:19
11. "Addiction" Kanye West Hart, Rodgers, West Kanye West, Jon Brion (co.) 4:27

"Skit #2"

- - - 0:31
13. "Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)" Kanye West, Jay-Z Barry, Black, Harris, West Kanye West, Devo Springsteen (co.), Jon Brion (co.) 3:53
14. "We Major" Kanye West, Nas, Really Doe Campbell, Jones, Reid, Simmons, Smith, Trotter, West, Williams Kanye West, Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell (co.), Jon Brion (co.) 7:29
15. "Skit #3" - - - 0:24
16. "Hey Mama" Kanye West Leace, West Kanye West, Jon Brion (co.) 5:05
17. "Celebration" Kanye West West Kanye West 3:18
18. "Skit #4" - - - 1:19
19. "Gone" Kanye West, Consequence, Cam'ron Giles, Mills, West, Willis Kanye West 6:03
Bonus track
20. "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" Kanye West Barry, Black, Harris, West Kanye West, Devo Springsteen (co.), Jon Brion (co.) 3:59
Hidden track
21. "Late" Kanye West West Kanye West 3:50

Samples[edit | edit source]

Heard 'Em Say

  • "Someone That I Used to Love" by Natalie Cole

Touch the Sky

  • "Move On Up" by Curtis Mayfield

Gold Digger

  • "I Got a Woman" by Ray Charles

Drive Slow

  • "Wildflower" by Hank Crawford

My Way Home

  • "Home Is Where the Hatred Is" by Gil Scott-Heron

Crack Music

  • "Since You Came In My Life" by New York Community Choir
  • "It's Your Thing" by Cold Grits


  • "Rosie" by Bill Withers

Bring Me Down

  • "My Life Is Loving You" by Rose Banks


  • "My Funny Valentine" by Etta James

Diamonds from Sierra Leone

  • "Diamonds Are Forever" by Shirley Bassey

We Major

  • "Action" by Orange Krush

Hey Mama

  • "Today Won't Come Again" by Donal Leace


  • "Heavenly Dream" by The Kay Gees


  • "Upon This Rock" by Joe Farrell
  • "It's Too Late" by Otis Redding


  • "I'll Erase Away Your Pain" by The Whatnauts

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