This has been touted as the year's most anticipated release -- less because of what Kanye West has achieved as half of Roc-A-Fella's hit-making house production team and more because of what he represents: the long-awaited bridge between hip-hop's over- and underground. He's a guy who admits that he wants to sport both "a Benz and a backpack" and is described as "the future of hip-hop" by Mos Def and many others. That's a hell of a load for a relative microphone novice, yet West's sometimes-stiff delivery masks the... More >>>