Can't Tell Me Nothing (mixtape)

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Can't Tell Me Nothing: The Official Mixtape
Mixtape by Kanye West
Released May 27, 2007
Recorded 2007
Genre Hip hop
Length 64:25
Producer Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, 88-Keys, A-Trak, WrighTrax, Sa-Ra, Stargate, T-Pain, Polow da Don
Kanye West chronology
Late Orchestration
(2006)
Can't Tell Me Nothing
(2007)
Graduation
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Chicago Tribune (favorable)[1]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
Stylus Magazine A−[4]
URB 4/5 stars[5]

Can't Tell Me Nothing: The Official Mixtape is a mixtape by American hip-hop artist Kanye West. It was made freely available over the internet on May 27, 2007 in anticipation of the release of his third studio album, Graduation.

Background[edit]

The official mixtape was hosted by Kanye West alongside his A&R, Plain Pat. Overall, it is compiled of songs made by various artists signed onto West's G.O.O.D. Music label, collaborations with other unaffiliated musicians, and preview versions of certain songs that would later appear on Graduation.[6] The mixtape was very well received and gave off several tracks that later became successful singles.[7] A physical disc was later released exclusively in the United Kingdom on February 18, 2008.[8]

Reception[edit]

Stylus Magazine awarded Can't Tell Me Nothing an A- rating and complimented it for expressing a high quality in comparison to most promotional mixtapes, claiming, "Even with a few duds, this might be the album of the year." On its general review of the mixtape, Stylus wrote, "Can't Tell Me Nothing is one mixtape that should be legendary on its own, rather than piggybacking off its 'parent' album. It's as diverse as anything I've heard this year, both as intelligent and as stoopid as it wants to be (cf. "Us Placers" vs. "Throw Some D's (Remix)"), and gloriously so."[4] Rock critic Robert Christgau dictated, "Get this while you can from the mixtape man no matter how much of it is destined for the real album."[2] URB wrote, "Although the scatterbrained way Kanye chooses to present himself will continue to face scrutiny and divide opinion, any critic would be hard pressed to deny his talent. Whatever persona he adopts, whether relatively restrained or unsurprisingly in your face, the artist rarely fails to engage."[5] Can't Tell Me Nothing won "Mixtape of the Year" at the 2007 Vibe Awards.[9]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Performer(s) Producer Length
1 "Friday Morning" (Intro) Kanye West Kanye West 2:17
2 "Stronger" (Snippet) Kanye West Kanye West 1:23
3 "Us Placers" Child Rebel Soldier Lupe Fiasco 3:53
4 "I Ain't Even On Yet" GLC Xcel 2:36
5 "Can't Tell Me Nothing" Kanye West Kanye West 4:07
6 "Southside" (Snippet) Common featuring Kanye West Kanye West 2:22
7 "The Game" Common Kanye West 2:29
8 "Porno" (Interlude) Kanye West Kanye West 1:14
9 "Stay Up" (Snippet) 88-Keys featuring Kanye West 88-Keys 1:50
10 "In The Mood" Talib Kweli featuring Kanye West Kanye West 2:32
11 "C.O.L.O.U.R.S." Bentley featuring Pimp C & Lil Wayne 4:35
12 "Pro Nails" Kid Sister featuring Kanye West A-Trak 2:36
13 "Young Folks" Kanye West Kanye West 1:46
14 "Interviews" (Interlude) Kanye West Kanye West 3:31
15 "The People" Common Kanye West 3:24
16 "Get'cha Some" Big Sean WrighTrax 2:57
17 "Don't Forget Em" Consequence Kanye West 2:55
18 "White! (On The Floor)" Sa-Ra Sa-Ra 2:59
19 "Because Of You" (Remix) Ne-Yo featuring Kanye West Stargate 1:35
20 "Buy You A Drank" (Remix) T-Pain featuring Kanye West T-Pain 2:01
21 "Throw Some D's" (Interlude) Kanye West Polow da Don 0:35
22 "Throw Some D's" (Remix) Kanye West Polow da Don 2:36
23 "Dreaming Of Your Love" Tony Williams Kanye West 2:51
24 "Magnetic Power" Really Doe featuring Jennifer Hudson 1:46
25 "Hater Family" PM 3:35

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kot, Greg (2007-06-01). "Kanye, Lupe, Pharrell Collaborate on Thom Yorke Track". Chicago Tribune. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (October 2007). "Kanye West – Can't Tell Me Nothing – Music Review". MSN Music. Microsoft. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Kanye West Can't Tell Me Nothing Review". Rolling Stone. RealNetworks, Inc. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  4. ^ a b Inskeep, Thomas (2007-08-31). "Kanye West Can't Tell Me Nothing – Music Review". Stylus Magazine. stylusmagazine.com. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  5. ^ a b Conan, Milne (2007-07-11). "CD Reviews Kanye West :: Can't Tell Me Nothing". URB. NativeSon Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  6. ^ Reid, Shaheem; Rodriguez, Jayson (2007-06-04). "Mixtape Monday: 50 Didn't Bite Jim Jones; Kanye Keeps GOOD Music Intact". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  7. ^ Thornton, Alex (2008-02-10). "DXNext, Underground Rap – Kid Sister". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Can't Tell Me Nothing". Amazon. Amazon.com, Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  9. ^ Shepherd, Julianne; Fennessey, Sean (2007). "Vibe Award Special". Vibe. Vibe Media Group, Inc. Retrieved 2007-11-19.