He Got That Ambition Baby

By Rina Weaver

On August 30, 2005, Kanye West released his album, Late Registration—arguably one of his best albums. Songs such as “Gold Digger,” “Touch the Sky,” and “Gone” help Ye fanatics to remember what he was like before Kim Kardashian, before his sneaker brand, and before he interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs. Late Registration showcases the hope in young Ye, and his aspirations to become a producer/rapper. These tracks are just so masterfully produced and nostalgically spot-on that one may mistakenly believe Kanye is a god. However, “Hey Mama” reveals Kanye’s everyday humanity. It is simple to grasp Kanye’s love and amazement for his mother, despite the fact that many are not raised in the same circumstances. There are no words to adequately express how amazing this album is; no matter what kind of mood I’m in, any one of the songs on Late Registration can help me navigate it.  Despite being released 17 years ago, the songs on Late Registration will never go out of style; even after another 50 years pass, people will still be listening to the timeless soundtrack—still feeling nostalgia for the 2000s era, when life was simply easier.