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Released: 4th July 2005.

Kanye West - Diamonds From Sierra LeoneFollowing very clearly in Jay-Z's footprints as the master of all things hip-hop, Kanye West is back, and he's done something typical of his master - a truly unusual sample. Shirley Bassey doesn't actually get a co-credit on this Bond theme sampling song which is a shame, but Kanye's lyrical flow in between is on top form. If he keeps on pulling out tracks like this, he'll go a long way. Expect this one very safely in the Top 10.

* * * * (matthew_dixon)

Kanye West got his name noticed last year by providing some of the most inspired production work backed with his debut album "The College Dropout". After a string of successful singles and collaborations, a new album should be an exciting prospect. Unfortunately his chosen comeback single is a less than inspiring rip off of Shirley Bassey's "Diamonds Are Forever", which for me just doesn't quite work. It's a real shame because this sounds like something Jay-Z might try, but is nowhere near as good.

* * * (SholasBoy)

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