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.
And talked about why rap and hip-hop is important to Black people who come from rough neighborhood, as well as making his (first) indictment of George Bush, and blaming Ronald Reagan for the crack epidemic in Black communities.
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.)