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"All Falls Down" is a song by American hip hop artist Kanye West. It was released as the third single from his debut album, The College Dropout. The song was produced by West and features singer Syleena Johnson. It was released in February 2004 and entered the UK Singles Chart at number ten and peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 on May 11, 2004, his first Top 10 in the USA. The song was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 47th Grammy Awards, Viewer's Choice at the 2004 BET Awards and received nominations for a total of four awards at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.

"All Falls Down"
All Falls Down2.jpg
Single by Kanye West featuring Syleena Johnson
from the album The College Dropout
B-side"Get 'Em High"
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2004 (2004-02-24)
Format
Recorded2001–2003
Studio
GenreHip hop
Length3:43
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Kanye West
Kanye West singles chronology
"Get By"
(2004)
"All Falls Down"
(2004)
"Talk About Our Love"
(2004)
Syleena Johnson singles chronology
"Tonight I'm Gonna Let Go"
(2002)
"All Falls Down"
(2004)
"Hypnotic"
(2005)
Audio sample
Music video
"All Falls Down" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

The song contains an interpolation of "Mystery of Iniquity" by Lauryn Hill from her live album MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. Kanye originally attempted to acquire legal clearance to sample the recording but due to various complications, the permission was withheld.[1] West then called upon Syleena Johnson to re-sing the relevant vocal portions of "Mystery of Iniquity" which ended up in the final track.[2] The version of the song with the original sample can be heard on West's Freshman Adjustment mixtape. However, the earliest version of the song can be found on West's 2001 mixtape The Prerequisite, on which it called "Dream Come True". Lyrically, "All Falls Down" examines the self-consciousness and insecurity within society, particularly the black community, and how these characteristics pertain to economic materialism.[3]

Live performancesEdit

West performed the song live on Def Poetry Jam in 2004 as a poem titled "Self Conscious".[4] A performance of "All Falls Down" was included on West's 2006 live album Late Orchestration, which was recorded in 2005 at Abbey Road Studios in London.[5] It was performed live by West in 2015 as the closer to his headlining set at Glastonbury.[6]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "All Falls Down" was directed by Chris Milk and shot at Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California.[7] It follows West as he accompanies his girlfriend, played by Stacey Dash, to the airport to catch her flight.[8] The video is shot in first-person perspective, displaying the journey from their car to the airport terminal through West's eyes.[9] The music video also features cameos by GLC, Consequence, Common and Kel Mitchell.[10][11]

AccoladesEdit

Spin named "All Falls Down" the third best song of 2004.[12]

Track listingsEdit

12" vinyl #1Edit

A-Side

  1. "All Falls Down" (Clean)
  2. "All Falls Down" (Dirty)
  3. "All Falls Down" (A cappella)

B-Side

  1. "Get 'Em High" (Clean)
  2. "Get 'Em High" (Extended Dirty)
  3. "Get 'Em High" (A cappella)

12" vinyl #2Edit

A-Side

  1. "All Falls Down" (Explicit)
  2. "All Falls Down" (Edited)

B-Side

  1. "Heavy Hitters" (Dirty)
  2. "Heavy Hitters" (A cappella)

CD single #1Edit

  1. "All Falls Down" (Album Version Explicit)
  2. "Heavy Hitters" (Dirty)

CD single #2Edit

  1. "All Falls Down"
  2. "Get 'Em High"
  3. "Heavy Hitters"
  4. "Through the Wire"

CD single #3Edit

  1. "All Falls Down - Explicit"
  2. "All Falls Down" - Edited"
  3. "Heavy Hitters (Feat. GLC)"
  4. "Get 'Em High (Feat. Talib Kweli & Common)"
  5. "All Falls Down - Video"

PersonnelEdit

Information taken from The College Dropout liner notes.[21]

Chart positionsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[22] 7
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[23] 18
Canada (Canadian Singles Chart)[24] 9
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[25] 71
Germany (Official German Charts)[26] 72
Ireland (IRMA)[27] 23
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[28] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[29] 85
Russia (Tophit)[30] 243
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[31] 10
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[32] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[33] 7
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[34] 4
US Hot Rap Tracks (Billboard)[35] 2
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[36] 22

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2004) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[37] 158
US Billboard Hot 100[38] 47
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[39] 23

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[40] Platinum 1,000,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Gold 400,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  41. ^ "British single certifications – Kanye West – All Falls Down". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 30, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type All Falls Down in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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