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by rocafan on 12/12/2003 11:23:00 AM

Feb.3RD or Will ROC Actually Release It In Feb?

Quite simply, "Through The Wire," the stunning first single from Kanye West's highly-anticipated Roc-A-Fella Records debut College Dropout, marks the emergence of hip-hop’s most important new voice. Long known as the sonic visionary behind such hits as Ludacris' #1 smash "Stand Up," Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name," Jay-Z’s "Encore," "Lucifer," "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," "Girls Girls Girls," "The Takeover," and "’03 Bonnie & Clyde," Scarface’s "Guess Who’s Back," and Talib Kweli’s "Get By," amongst many others, Chicago-bred West is undoubtedly one of the most talented and accomplished young producers to have emerged in recent years. With College Dropout, set for February 3rd release, West not only produces, writes and performs his own music and lyrics, but presents himself as a complete artist with a purpose and musical vision all his own.

The critics have taken notice; Kanye has already been featured in MTV’s "You Hear It First," picked by Entertainment Weekly as the year's "IT Producer", nominated by The Source for "Producer Of the Year" and awarded "Hip-Hop Quotable Of The Year" for "Through The Wire." He recently graced the cover of The Fader, was featured in Rolling Stone's "New Faces," has been dubbed the "Next Big Thing" by Blender, Vibe and Spin, and was previewed in The New York Times as one of the artists to watch in the new year. With an MTV "Buzzworthy" video directed by West himself, the moving, confessional "Through The Wire" has caught fire at radio nationwide, and is poised to become one of the year's most unlikely break-outs.

In October of 2002, just weeks after skirting death in a terrible car accident, and with his jaw still literally wired shut, Kanye recorded "Through the Wire," a pointed and personal account of the events that resonates with uncanny wit and raw emotion. It stands as one of the most arresting and triumphant creative statements rap music has ever seen.

Rhymes West: "I must got a angel/ Cuz look like death missed his ass/ Unbreakable/ What you thought they call me Mr. Glass/ I look back on my life like the ghost of Christmas past/ Toys R Us where I used to spend that Christmas cash/ And I still won’t grow up/ I’m a grown ass kid/ So I should be like other stupid shit that I did/ But I’m a champion/ So I turned tragedy to triumph/ Make music that’s fire/ Spit my soul through the wires."

Featuring guest appearances from friends and past-collaborators like Jay-Z, Mos Def, Freeway, Dirt McGirt, Ludacris, and Twista on the smash single "Slow Jams," College Dropout is already one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, and one of the most anticipated. MTV2 and XXL recently partnered for a special highlighting 2004’s 10 most anticipated hip-hop albums, of which College Dropout was one. Clearly, Kanye’s intellect, integrity and philosophy on what he calls "honest music," have caught hold.

"In music and society people tell you to pick a side," explains Kanye. "Are you mainstream or underground? Do you rhyme about nice cars, or about riding the train? Are you ignorant or do you know something about history? But I’m a person who I can do all these different things. It’s like everybody is taking that fork in the road. They don’t see the rainbow in the middle. And I’m about to ride that. I’m the prism. And my music comes out in colors."

*I cant wait till Feb.3rd that cd is gonna be crazy

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