This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

August 30th - Kanye West releases his multi-platinum selling sophomore set, “Late Registration”, on Roc-A-Fella Records, on this day in 2005.

“Late Registration”, which would earn West a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, produced six smash hit singles, “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” and its remix featuring Jay-Z , “Heard ‘Em Say”, featuring Adam Levine of Maroon 5, “Hey Mama”, “Touch The Sky”, featuring Lupe Fiasco, Drive Slow, featuring Paul Wall and GLC, and “Gold Digger”, which would feature the first ever cleared sample of a Ray Charles song, when West lifted the genius’ 1954 classic “I Got A Woman”.

“Gold Digger” also featured Jamie Foxx, who portrayed Charles in the 2004 biopic “Ray”.

On “Late Registration”, West would collaborate with musician and producer Jon Brion to give the album a more intricate and unique feel to further push the boundaries of hip-hop music.

Other producers on “Late Registration” would include, Devo Springsteen, Just Blaze and Warryn Campbell.

Other guests on “Late Registration” would include, fellow Chi-Town MC Common, Nas, Really Doe, Cam’Ron, Consequence, Brandy, The Game, Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band, Keyshia Cole, DeRay Davis and John Legend.