Kanye West has time and again proven that he is a genuine prodigy when it comes to sampling, a gift that he presented in the complete package that was his debut album The College Dropout. But it was in his next album, 2005’s Late Registration, that his talents only continued to excel, particularly in that he married them with lush orchestration. And there were a lot of samples. A lot. And for curious fans, the video above breaks down every single one.
And though it is pretty handy that you can hear the initial sample behind each track of the album, it is even handier that you are provided with a direct comparison to the finished Kanye version, allowing you to hear each little nuanced shift of pitch that he put over the ancient soul songs. How else would you be able to recognize the New York Community Choir tucked into “Crack Music?”
Stream Kanye West’s Late Registration in all its glory below via Spotify:
In other music news, here’s how the music industry’s biggest players are aiding Hillary Clinton in getting out the vote. Read all about it right here.