Kanye was a little bit older, and a little bit more famous, when he recorded his sophomore album, and his growing maturity is reflected in its content. He waxed poetic on money hungry women (“Gold Digger”), touched on the crack epidemic of the '80s (“Crack Music”) and crafted an ode to his mother (“Hey Mama”), whose single parenting clearly had a profound affect on him. While the subject matter could get a little deep at times, ‘Ye kept it upbeat with songs like “Celebration” and “Touch the Sky,” and collaborations with everyone from Nas to Jay-Z to Adam Levine and Jamie Foxx.

Here are the lyrics for Kanye West's second album, Late Registration.