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Kanye West Steps Forward — and Up

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.

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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David Dye
David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.