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Happy Tenth Birthday, Late Registration!

Late Registration is Kanye West's best album to-date--as well as being number 118 on Rolling Stones' list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time--so let's revisit it!

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Let's take a trip back in time. Back before Kimye became a thing. Back before Kanye got on stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the VMAs, and said what every Beyoncé fan was thinking--which, essentially, gave Taylor Swift's musical career an incredible boost. And slightly before Kanye made his public indictment of the media's portrayal of Black people, and George Bush; and how conditions were much worse for Black people during Hurricane Katrina.

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He reminded us that "diamonds are forever."

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And told us about how hard life can be. As well as reminding us that "nothing's ever promised tomorrow today." ("But we'll find a way.")

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And warned us about getting involved with gold diggers.

Late Registration is a masterpiece. Every song on the album could have easily been a hit single. All the people featured on the album were great choices. Even the songs that were sampled on the album were brilliant. The lowest rating the album received, a 7/10, was from Jon Caramanica at Spin, which says a lot.

If you've never listened to Late Registration yet--which would be a crying shame--you should absolutely listen to that album right now. And if you're like me and you've listened to this entire album a billion times from start to finish without skipping a single song, then listening to it one more time on its tenth birthday won't hurt one bit.

Also, I'm hoping that Kanye does us a solid and releases a tenth anniversary edition of the album. (And maybe he can call it Ten Years After Registering Late or something--and hopefully a lot more creative.)

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