Album: Late Registration
Producer: Kanye West, Jon Bron
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
While some of the content on Late Registration was melodic and lighthearted, Kanye went all revolutionary on “Crack Music.” Recruiting 2005’s gangsta rap poster boy Game for the hook, Yeezy took the government to task over some marching drum patterns. No president was safe from Kanye’s venom: “How we stop the Black Panthers/Ronald Reagan cooked up the answer” and later “Who gave Sadaam anthrax? George Bush got the answers.”
If you thought Late Registration was only about gold-digging females and touching the sky, you were sadly mistaken. Capped off with a poignant spoken word piece from Malik Yusef, “Crack Music” was Kanye’s biggest political statement to date (aside from dissing Dubya on live television). This was inspiration for the Moes and the Folks, man.