Today is the 10 year anniversary of my all-time favorite hip-hop album and, in my opinion, one of the top ten greatest hip-hop albums ever made. Kanye West’s The College Dropout was released on February 10, 2004 and forever changed the public’s minds on what hip-hop could be. Kanye was a pink polo-wearing, Louis Vuitton backpack-sporting producer who no one thought could be more than just that. Mainstream hip-hop was full of gangsters, thugs, and drugs until Kanye came through with The College Dropout. It was an album filled with soul-sampled beats, Kanye rapping his ass off about lower-middle class problems and how they affect us all, braggadocio, and classic hits. It’s an album that transcends generations; it will always be relevant. I can’t imagine a time where I won’t be listening to this album. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was pure art, but The College Dropout was art that had a clear, resounding message and could teach us all a lesson. That is why it will always be his best album, in my opinion. If you’ve never heard it, give it a listen. If you have, give it a listen in honor of its success.
My favorite tracks:
"Spaceship (feat. GLC & Consequence)"
“Two Words (feat. Mos Def, Freeway & the Boys Choir of Harlem)”
“Never Let Me Down (feat. Jay Z & J. Ivy)”
“Slow Jamz (feat. Jamie Foxx & Twista)”