Kanye West has been acting a fool long enough now that it’s easy to forget he released some very good music back in the day.
West’s second album, 2005’s Late Registration, remains the early pinnacle of a career that has gone off the rails due to West’s ego and (on a sadder note) his mental health issues.
Co-produced by Jon Brion, who Kanye discovered through his work on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind score and Fiona Apple’s second album, Late Registration is still a great listen.
My best-ever Billboard countdown is approaching its end, and the pressure is on these next two acts to not screw up the streak of enjoyable music. In fact, I’m already familiar with the final song of the week so it really all comes down to today.
At #9 is ‘Roses’ by The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes. We’re in a little danger here because The Chainsmokers are the DJ duo responsible for the 2014 track ‘#Selfie,’ which was amusing but also rather horrible.