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Kanye West Steps Forward — and Up

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Kanye West Steps Forward — and Up

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Kanye West Steps Forward — and Up

Kanye West Steps Forward — and Up

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Set List

Songs Kanye West performs for 'World Cafe':

  • "Jesus Walks"
  • "Gold Digger"
  • "Diamonds Of Sierra Leone" (remix)

Before his own rise up the music charts, Kanye West spent his time producing hits for other top rappers, including Jay-Z. Convinced of the need to display his own unique skills, he released the hugely successful disc College Dropout in 2004.

Kanye West's first album, The College Dropout, sold 440,000 copies in its first week. Roc-a-Fella Records hide caption

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West recently released his sophomore effort, Late Registration — an album that has been hailed as a strong follow-up to College Dropout, which sold 440,000 copies in its first week.

Songs from Late Registration have already been embraced as anthems, with the Jamie Foxx collaboration "Gold Digger" high on the charts.

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