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Late to the Game

Kanye West tries to live up to the hype -- and nearly succeeds

Kanye West gets the pity party started on Late 
Registration.
Kanye West gets the pity party started on Late Registration.
Kanye West gets the pity party started on Late 
Registration.
Kanye West gets the pity party started on Late Registration.

The overall greatness of Late Registration makes griping about Kanye's solipsism and naive politicking seem like overkill. But if anyone should be able to understand this sort of disappointment, it's Kanye. From Jay-Z, we expect and reward one-dimensional, self-referential brilliance. But from the more artistically ambitious West, we expect more. But surely not more than he expects from himself.

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