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Kanye West

Amy Linden, Complex, Summer 2004

WHEN KANYE WEST'S much anticipated debut The College Dropout hit stores in early February, its blend of inventive production – via a by-now trademark predilection for speeding up old soul loops and affixing them to Escalade-worthy beat and an off kilter, out-of-tune flow – proved hip-hop fans could believe the hype.

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