I've been listening to a lot of new music lately. If you notice my last.fm widget on the blog, then you can probably guess what my favorite has been so far: Graduation by Kanye West. The only problem with Graduation is the beginning. The first four tracks are weak. Everything after that is rock solid. I absolutely love Flashing Lights and Big Brother. The first four tracks keep this from being as good as Late Registration, but it's still easily way better than anything by West's contemporaries, including his big bro' Jay-Z.