Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ 10 years later: A true labor of love
theGRIO REPORT - It’s hard to imagine the musical landscape even ten years ago, but today is the tenth anniversary of Kanye West’s debut album The College Dropout. Let that sink in...
It’s hard to imagine the musical landscape even ten years ago, but today is the tenth anniversary of Kanye West’s debut album The College Dropout. Let that sink in.
The Chicago’s emcee first label offering is considered to be a universal classic for a bevy of reasons.
Mr. West issued a statement through Def Jam reflecting on his epic debut:
“Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life’s work up to that point: The College Dropout.
I say “finally” because it was a long road, a constant struggle, and a true labor of love to not only convince my peers and the public that I could be an artist, but to actually get that art out for the world to hear.
I am extremely grateful to each and every person along that road who helped, lent an ear, lent their voice, gave of their heart to that project, and to all the projects that followed, and are to come.
I am honored and humbled by my fans, for the unwavering support and love over the past ten years. I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of.
Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door. The doors may be heavier, but I promise you WE WILL BREAK THEM.”
Do you remember where you were when you first heard The College Dropout?
What was your favorite track?
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