Posted February 10, 2014 by Unique in Heavy Hitters

5 Things We Learned From Kanye’s Debut Album College Dropout [Details]

I remember it like it was yesterday. My freshman year of high school (I was super late to school) when this unfamiliar voice came on the radio, and my mom asked, “Who is this sampling my girl Chaka Khan.”

It was somewhere in-between his first ever single, “Though The Wire”, and the fourth, “Jesus Walks,” that this Louis Vuitton backpack totting kid from the Chi and his infamous bear made their mark on the game.

Now ten years later (I swear it feels like time moves differently in the music world) with six solo projects, one collaboration project with Hov, 21 Grammy Awards, a number of controversial moments and a few business ventures; Ye has been able to remain that same kid from Chicago with stars in his eyes ready to show the world he had something to prove.

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.
-Kanye West

So in honor of the College Dropout’s tenth anniversary here are 5 things we learned from the Kanye’s debut album back in the day. Check it out in the gallery above.