A$AP Rocky Names The Best & Worst Kanye West Albums

A$AP Rocky names one Kanye West album that he "hates."

A$AP Rocky stopped by the studio to chop it up with LA Leakers' Justin Credible, fielding a query about what he considers the best and worst Kanye West albums. The Harlem, New York rapper said that Graduation tops his personal favorites list, but also gave props to Late Registration and The College Dropout.

I got two. First, it was Late Registration, and of course Graduation," he said. "I'ma come clean. Overall it's my favorite, Graduation. The thing was, he was giving them the artsy shit with College Dropout then with Late Registration. When he went to Graduation, all the odds were against him. He was worried about beating 50 Cent in record sales. He was actually the underdog at the time, because 50 was way more successful than Kanye, ironically."

He then set his sights on 808's & Heartbreak, stating, "I hate that album." He admitted to liking a handful of songs on the Auto-Tune-heavy project, but said that he didn't like it as a whole.

"I hate that album. I like a few songs on there. I didn't like 'Robocop.' I liked 'Heartless.' I liked 'I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to.' And then I liked the other one... Wasn't 'Paranoid' on that album? I liked that. I liked that album, I like 'Amazing.' That's four tracks on ther already, so maybe I'm contradicting myself but I like those four tracks and the other joints I absolutely hate.

"I really respect Kanye regardless of if anyone gives a fuck or not, but I respect him for having the balls to come out with a whole Auto-Tune album. Just like, he was killing it in the Rap game and he took time out to be an artist. And I admire that."

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94 Comments

  • SDK

    LATE REGISTRATION 5 COLLEGE DROPOUT 5 MBDTF 5 GRADUATION 4,5/5 WTT 3.5/5 808 3/5 CRUEL SUMMER(NEW GOD FLOW) 3/5 GREAT CATALOGUE FOR EVERY TASTE

  • shh

    btw..there is a battle LIL B VS WAKA FLOCKA FLAME$...*LIL B went in on the "TRAPP" underdog....aka CHARLE$ BARKLEY'$ son...TDC_C

  • shh

    *the number 1 song of 2012 = WHITE DRESS aka LIKE A VIRGIN 2012....very huge "BOUNCE BACK" for KIMYEEZY up next...YEEZY being a father..ey3 HOPE!...TDC-C

  • Anonymous

    ASAP is a gimmicky ass nigga

  • Anonymous

    my beatiful dar twisted fantasy his best album

  • J

    Dude you just killed your fan base. I love 808s. Drop a classic before to judge a legend. F n internet rappers think they on the next level...

  • YEs Entourage

    this LIL YUNG COCK SUCKA..Ye cant even LIST his fav ASAP RECORDS NIGGA U DONT HAVE ANY YET LOL..MANE..THIS YUNG LOST CITY NYC NIGGA MAKING TX MUSIC..WHO TOLD HIM HE WAS IMPORTANT..

  • remo

    gradation is the best album kanye dropped 4 real,college drop out &late registration 2nd n 3rd , he fell off with his other albums WORD

  • shoutout to yebo

    "HE BROUGHT AN ALTERNATIVE IN THE TIME WHEN GANGSTA STEROID STUDIO SUCKERS LIKE 50 WERE ALL OVER THE TV, ALTERNATIVE IS WHAT WE ALL NEEDED (KANYE, LUPE AND OTHERS), HE HAS DVD WITH ORCHESTRA, HE INTERRUPTED TAYLOR SWIFT'S SPEECH AND LIST OF HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE MUSIC IN GENERAL GOES ON..." that last sentence made me laughing my ass off and I think 808s was his worst album but still great piece of work

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that. I do music to help change the lives of others so what you'll get from my music is all POSITIVITY! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH8K577h8N4

  • Mike V

    Dont understand why people hate 808's so much. Hip Hop stans are so annoying that if something isnt straight hip hop then they dont appreciate it. that album from a creative standpoint was top notch.. and anybody who has been in a real relationship or lived life at all can feel what he went through through from Street Lights to Say You Will he kept it 1005 how he felt. If this was an r&b album or alternative album people would love but because a hip hop artist thinks out of the box, people bash it HOW MANY OF YOU REALLY LISTENED TO WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT???

  • Anonymous

    because graduation beat curtis there is no detox numbers dont lie

  • Anonymous

    cuz its one two three strikes your out at the old rap game

  • Anonymous

    And i don't like any of your music gimmicky ass nigga

  • iddle1

    Best to worst: Late Registration College Dropout MBDTF Watch the Throne Graduation 808s Cruel Summer

    • shh

      the first 4 albums by YEEZY = his era.. MBDTF...had very very great "conscious" tracks RUNAWAY & POWER = VISUAL MILESTONE$ WTT....made YEEZY LOOK LIKE he needed.(HOVA$) help... CRUEL SUMMER....IS YEEZY GONE HAM(HAMMER) RIP 3 CHAIN$ ONE VERY VERY HUGE COMEBACK....WHITE DRE$$ aka LIKE A VIRGIN 2012.....the number song of 2012...#2013...ICONIC!....TDC_C

    • Anonymous

      what do you know you loser? fatboy behind a computer with his pompis attitude and defibulator

    • Anonymous

      ^^thats closer to my pick

    • Anonymous

      id say ate Registration College Dropout Graduation MBDTF Watch the Throne 808s Cruel Summer

    • YEEZY TAUGHT ME

      yea i can fuck with that list . Late Reg was def his best work but i would put MBDTF as his 2nd overall . what he did with that album was just amazing

  • Kanye Fan

    partying* for watch the throne and cruel summer was 4/10* not 20.

  • Kanye Fan

    CLASSIC: LATE REGISTRATION 10/10 - because the lyrics, concepts and most importantly the DIVERSE production at the time. A truly timeless and classic album. Don't know why it is over looked... THE COLLEGE DROPOUT 9.5/10 - changed the whole hip hop world with its style. GOOD: MBDTF 7/10 - A diverse and abstract sounding album but some of the songs dont hit like his first two. Plus some of the features are just weak....Nicki Minaj? Rick Ross? GRADUATION 6/10 - Same as the above just MBDTF was more of a "album" with a unique sound. AVERAGE: WATCH THE THRONE 5/10 - some good tracks most didn't like, all had the same concept bragging patting...etc. CRUEL SUMMER 4/20 - disappointment for me, wasn't an album at all, just a bunch of his label artists doing "average" songs together. BAD: 808's and Heartbreak 2/10 - do i really have to describe this??

    • SDK

      YEAH I FEEL THAT ROSS VERSE

    • kanye's Mullet

      agreed with the list and ratings but i would put watch the throne in the "good" category. that album was deeper then talking about how rich niggas was. sonic wise kanye's albums follow some sort of arc with a beginning, middle, with a end. you see it now with MBTDF, WATCH THE THRONE, AND CRUEL SUMMER. and you seen it in the past with COLLEGE DROPOUT, LATE REGISTRATION, AND GRADUATION. If he never lost his mom you would have never seen that 808 auto-tune album.

    • BLACK

      I DONT THINK WATCH THE THRONE IS THE GREATEST ALBUM EVER, BUT NIGGAZ REALLY SLEEPING ON IT IF ALL THEY GOT OUT OF IT IS "BRAGGING PATTING"...

    • thefist

      I agree MBDTF's "Devil in a New Dress" was THE song of the year and only because of ROSSes verse. Sometimes lyrics are about entertaining and wordplay and sometimes they are about emotions and energy. .. coupled with style.. Ross brought a good balance of that.. mostly emotion though.. some of the shit didn't even rhyme but it "felt" good.. Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it? (Jay-Z voice)

    • WHAT?

      BRO ROSS HAD ONE OF THE BEST VERSES ON THAT WHOLE ALBUM! "Lookin at my bitch I bet she give your ass a bone Lookin at my wrist itll turn your ass to stone Stretch limousine, sippin Ros all along Double-headed monster with a mind of his own Cherry red chariot, excess is just my character All black tux, nigga shoes lavender I never needed acceptance from all you outsiders Had cyphers with Yeezy before his mouth wired Before his jaw shattered climbin up the Lords ladder We still speedin, runnin signs like they dont matter Uh, hater talkin never made me mad Never that when Im in my favorite papertag Therefore G4s at the Clearport When it come to tools, fool Im a Pep Boy When it came to dope, I was quick to export Never tired of ballin so its on to the next sport New Mercedes sedan, theyll export So many cars DMV though it was mail fraud Different traps, I was gettin mail from Polk County, Jacksonville, rep Melbourne Whole clique, appetite had tapeworms Spinnin Teddy Pendergrass vinyl as my jay burns I shed a tear before the night's over God bless the man I put this ice over Gettin 2Pac money twice over Still a real nigga, red Coogi sweater, dice roller Im makin love to the angel of death Catchin feelings, never stumble, retracin my steps" CRAZY!

  • The Critic

    Because of albums (mixtapes) like 808's & heartbreak & A Kid Named Cudi we have a sub genre of hip-hop called alternate hip-hop. Artists who use this genre are A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator and etc. So the next time you see Kanye or Cudi you might want to thank them!

  • Brandon

    WEll I think 808s was a really telling album of he was going through with Alexis. So if you ever experience break up, well damn you might feel the album. Graduation was my ish! Dark Twisted,...I didn't like that mess at all!

  • asaucy

    my beautiful dark twisted fantasy is the best hip hop album of all time good lyrics, fantastic production, star studded features, with an artistic theme. kanye is the best in the game, your favorite rapper either dresses like kanye or wish kanye would feature on their album

    • ^^^^

      All of the Lights was a good song, don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

    • Anonymous

      cant be the best album cause of all of the lights

    • @Tbones

      What are you smoking, faggot? Dicks? MBDTF is a great album, you don't have to be on Kanye's nuts to admit that, you retard. It lived up to the hype and then some, not a lot of albums can do that.

    • MBDTF supporter

      I agree, Kanye's Dark Fantasy album was not only his best, but a top 10 rap album all time.....thats right, i dont care what album(s) you think are great, its up there. College Dropout is amazing and his 2nd best, but i think people have too much attachment to it(Like people who say Trap Musik is T.I.'s best when its clearly King or Paper Trail.) LIke ROcky Graduation is my favorite album from Kanye.....

    • Tbones

      Wat u smoking lil man? u must Kim Kadashian on ur nigga's nuts.

  • 357 nyc

    College Dropeout is a classic Late Registration near classic Graduation, some classic tracks From then on though I cant even listen to the guy. Its like everything he stood for and represented is gone. West actually makes me sick now and I cant bare to listen too any of the brainwashing dumbed down bullshit hes a part of. I thank him for his first 2 lp's though and Commons BE..Damn the music industry is demonic..Hope Mos Def and Q TIP dont follow suit..

    • SDK

      FINALLY SEVEN PEOPLE !

    • Anonymous

      three albums is enough to prove youself after graduation kayne used his cedibility and cashed in he could of done anything after graduation had all the middle school girls in the palm of his hand

    • THANK YOU EVERYONE

      let's keep this circle jerk going, we should all meet up at a starbucks and talk about how gay we are.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with all of you but in my opinion Graduation was his best album!

    • Tbones

      Cosignee y'all, Kanye been sleeping/slipping for a while now. I bet his stans will find an excuse like hes just being artistic, GTFOH.

    • Notorious H.A.T.E.R.

      I noticed that too. I would have never thought Kanye would have endorsed a song like 2 Chains' Birthday Song or Big Seans' Ass. I think it was his mother's passing that caused this drastic change in his music, after her death the conscious Kanye left. I think she was his sort of his conscious: the strong Black woman who participated in the sit-ins and taught college. I do wish that the old Kanye would come back. If not, he did drop enough jewels on us, he will always be one of the greatest. Everybody is human, no one is perfect. I really think his mother's death took a toll on him, physically, emotionally, spiritually and ultimately, musically.

    • Thank You

      Finally TWO people see it my way. I think after Graduation he fell off. At times I play College Dropout and reminisce....new Kanye is not a must listen to though for me.

    • casper21

      WOW, FINALLY someone expresses my sentiments exactly, and i mean to a tee. classic debut, really good sophmore, and then everything changed, and now I can't listen to anything he puts out, at least someone else agrees. thank you.

  • YESSIR

    1. CARTER 3 2. CARTER 2 3. I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING

  • YEBO

    KANYE IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ARTISTS OF ALL TIME - EVERY SOLO ALBUM HE RELEASED WAS CLASSIC, HE MADE SOME CLASSIC ALBUMS BY PRODUCING THEM (COMMON, JAY, EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST HAD KANYE ON THE BEAT OR WILL HAVE), HE HAS HIS OWN LABEL AND MOST OF ARTIST ON IT ARE GOOD (ESPECIALLY JOHN LEGEND), HE IS FASHION ICON AND DESIGNER, HE HAS SINGING ABILITIES GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE NON-RAP ALBUM, HE BROUGHT AN ALTERNATIVE IN THE TIME WHEN GANGSTA STEROID STUDIO SUCKERS LIKE 50 WERE ALL OVER THE TV, ALTERNATIVE IS WHAT WE ALL NEEDED (KANYE, LUPE AND OTHERS), HE HAS DVD WITH ORCHESTRA, HE INTERRUPTED TAYLOR SWIFT'S SPEECH AND LIST OF HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE MUSIC IN GENERAL GOES ON... AND Y'ALL STILL TRIPPIN' WITH TUPAC OR BIGGIE BEING THE BEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME, DAMN. 808S AND HEARTBREAK WAS THE GREATEST ALBUM EVER MADE BY RAPPER, I KNOW FOR SURE IT SHOULDN'T BE COUNTED AS A RAP ALBUM - IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE RAP. THAT FEELINGS, KANYE'S DELIVERY, SINGING AND OTHER STUFF MAKES IT THE MOST PERFECT POP RECORD SINCE THE NEW MILLENIUM. IF YOU THINK IT SUCKS, GO FUCK YOURSELF AND LISTEN ALL THAT STUPID GANGSTA SHIT BY IRRELEVANT RAPPERS.

    • Anonymous

      any true hip hop fan would laugh at you for bumping 808's i wouldnt even use that album as a weed tray i be like get the fuck outa here with that whack as bullshit and snap the cd

  • Phil

    Surprised on the order of a lot of y'all lists For me its: 1. College Dropout (Jesus Walks, We Don't Care, Spaceship, All Falls Down, Two Words, I could go on and on every song is crazy dope except I don't like Workout Plan) 2. MBDTF (Don't think it's Kanye's best lyrical work by far, but the whole vibe and theme behind the album was groundbreaking) 3. Late Registration (Such a cohesive album which is hard to find anymore with the exception of KENDRICK! But songs like Roses, Heard 'Em Say, Touch The Sky, and Diamonds are to this day still some of my favorite songs) 4. Graduation (Overall very good, a little too "pop" for my taste with Stronger and Good Life, but Flashing Lights is my favorite Kanye song of all time. Drunk and Hot Girls was terrible) 5. Watch the Throne (Still undecided about this one...absolutely love half of it, as for the other half songs like Welcome To The Jungle and Why I Love are trash) 6. 808's (Definitely didn't hate it, but the singles got extremely annoying and are no longer even listenable for me. Like Paranoid, See You In My Nightmares, and Say You Will a lot thought)

  • R.O.D.

    Man....The best albums from Kanye in my opinion: 1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2. Late Registration 3. The College Dropout 4. Graduation 5. 808's & Heartbreak I liked all the albums from top to bottom but On a Creativity Standpoint Its MY 1-5 Top notch.

  • RC

    College Dropout & Late Registration will always reign supreme in my opiniom those two albums just got that soul that was either lacking or completely absent from Kanye's later stuff. Wish he'd bring back the style he had in the Rock-A-Fella years.

  • AK

    I can't believe how people still underrate MBDTF. Even though College Dropout and Late Registration are first of Kanye's classics and they are historical, MBDTF is on whole another level. There's more art in his bits than in any of his other albums, and of course no one doubts Kanye's lyricism. Also overall, MBDTF has best featured tracks of all his albums as well (quantity and quality both). So yeah, this is my number one. Then comes Late Registration, College Dropout, Watch the Throne, Graduation, Cruel Summer, Heartbreak. And even though Hearbreak is the last on my list, it is still a masterpiece. It just shows the character of Kanye. He let himself record not only a track, but the whole album for himself and still has at least five classics on that one as well. He was probably thinking "i don't give two shits on what the haters will think" while he dropped that one, "that's for me." Shout out to fellow anonymous European.

  • YESSIR I'LL PAY

    Thats pretty genius that Kanye can make different albums that everyone can like and people can't agree which one is the best. To each your own.

  • Anonymous

    1. Late Registration (one of the best hip-hop albums period. This was the joint that got me into hip-hop (I'm young and from Europe, forgive me), so it holds a special place in my heart forever, every track on it is fire, my fav probably Addiction) 2. MBDTF (best album of the decade so far, play one of these joints every day) 3. Graduation (classic shit) 4. College Dropout (Dope shit, only weak track the "I'ma get on tv mama, I'ma..." whatever it was called near the end of the album, All Falls Down and Never Let You Down straight bangers) 5. Watch the Throne (Niggas In Paris, No Church is the Wild, Murder to Exellence, New Day) 11. 808's & Garbage (I like some of the singles) 24. Cruel Summer (I fuck with New God Flow, Mercy and kinda with Sin City) I think Kanye West is the most important and best hip-hop artist of the 21st century. I love underground shit, but I hate "real hip-hop heads" that shit on Kanye cause he sell records. Ya'll forget he probably saved or made your favorite rappers career, whether its Jigga, Common, Kid Cudi or Pusha T.

  • Anonymous

    808s sucked. I hated that album. Auto-tune is freaking lame. I don't care much for Graduation either. The College Dropout, The Late Registration, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy are top Kanye albums.

  • nickrazor2000

    1. Yo momma 2. Yo daddy 3. Yo Greasy Granny 4. Deez Nuttz! 5. 808s & Heartbreaks Thats my list, I think its pretty good

  • Anonymous

    With graduation we had the likes of stronger(electro-rap) homecoming(with coldplay) bittersweet(with john mayer) Graduation is when Kanye started infusing genres. Tell me that shit aint artsy. gimme me a break ASAP ROCKY

  • Anonymous

    MBDTF 808's Graduation Late Registration College Dropout That's the order

  • Anonymous

    This fool said College Dropout and Late Registration was artsy? WTF is this dude smokin. He dont know shit. Those two albums is probably the last of successful soul hip-hop. Graduation and 808's is the artsy shiz. College Dropout Late Registration MBDTF Graduation 808

  • Industry Advocate

    Because of 808's and Heartbreaks we got Drake, Cudi, Big Sean and a new genreation of rappers that can now express a whoile lot of things through their music! That was a groundbreaking record just like College Dropout was for Rappers to be themselves! ASAP was on point, but 808's was a groundbreaker!

    • Industry Advocate

      Half True. True, Kid Name Cudi influenced 808's, but because of the Mainstream Success of it, we got Cudi. If it would have flopped and sucked (like people thinks it did on here) Cudi would have never had blown up, as Drake and others did.

    • Anonymous

      False! Because of "A Kid Named Cudi" we have 808's and because 808's came from Kanye who was popular in mainstream we got Drake etc.

  • eit

    any1 hatin on 808's is a musical retard.. asap was lying so he wont turn out being a pussy for likin the autotune love album

  • CASE

    Classic The College Dropout Graduation Late Registration My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Nice Watch The Throne 808s & Headaches Average Cruel summer

  • Anonymous

    Watch the throne was solid dont know what you fags are talking about

  • ....

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy The College Dropout Graduation Late Registration 808s & Heartbreak Watch the Throne Cruel Summer

  • Anonymous

    Only gay ass Kanye stans dickride 808's, that shit was lame.

  • Jus10

    My Scale ---Great/Classics---- College Dropout Late Registration Graduation ---Nice--- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy ---Average--- Watch The Throne ---God-Aweful--- 808s & Headaches Cruel Music

  • ba11n

    ALL YOU FUCKING KANYE FANS THAT ARE SAYING 808S IS GARBAGE WERE SAYING THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT..ALL YALL SOME DICK RIDING ASS BITCHES.WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT EVERY KANYE FAN SAID "ITS A WORK OF ART, ITS MORE THAN JUST AUTOTUNE,HE TOOK AUTOTUNE TO THE NEXT LEVEL, BLAH BLAH BLAH."NOW THOSE SAME MOTHERFUCKERS CALLIN IT WACK.THATS WHY HIP HOP IT SHIT NOW EVERYONE OR EVERYTHING THAT COMES OUT REQUIRES A CO-SIGN FROM LIL WEEZER,KANGAY,OR DONUT ROSS

  • mbongeni

    808s was superb! yes i appreciated it more because it came out when i broke up with my ex...so thats why i related to it.. e

  • yeaaahh

    Graduation is my favorite because of the timing. It was released my senior year of high school and it was called "Graduation" -- It made a huge impact on my life.. but I don't understand why people don't like 808s and Heartbreak.. that's Kanye's most passionate album -- great lyrics and producion.

  • SpotOn

    A$AP knows his shit I liked about 4 songs on 808s too but the album blew. 1. Graduation 2. Late Registration 3. College Dropout 4. Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 5. Watch The Throne 6. Cruel Summer 7. 808s

  • Metalhead1442c

    1. Late Registration 2. Graduation 3. College Drop Out 4.Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 5.Watch the Throne 6. Cruel Summer 7. 808's

  • hjk

    808s & Heartbreak was Kanye's best album. How often you see a rap artist singing about as much emotions and feelings as Kanye did on that album?

  • Anonymous

    808 > cruel summer

  • Best 2 Worst

    1. College Dropout 2. Late Registration 3. Graduation 4. MBDTF 5. Watch The Throne 6. 808's and Heartbreaks

    • ....

      no, it wasn't beyond garbage. what dipshits fail to realize is that it's a better R&B album then the shit Usher and Trey Songz are putting out. I can easily say that I would rather listen to 808s then 90% of the R&B shit that's playing on the radio right now. It's not my favorite Kanye album but calling it rash is stupid.

    • Yardley

      % 1,000 agreed 808 was beyond garbage!!! Kanye got to booshie

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