Kanye West’s ‘Graduation’ turns 10


College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation.

By the time Kanye was getting ready to drop his third album he was teetering on the verge of super stardom. Better yet, he was about to solidify himself as a hip-hop icon. Going head to head with 50 Cent’s ‘Curtis’, Kanye was about to bring home a W for what people were calling “the nerds”. Calling Kanye’s big win over Fif’s 1st week numbers as the “death of gangster rap” (not really if you ask me), critics and fans alike embraced Graduation quickly and held it high.

Graduation was exactly what it was designed to be. It was Kanye’s breakthrough into the mainstream world; hard to argue with singles like ‘Stronger’, ‘Good Life’ and ‘Homecoming’. Selling 2 million copies with sold out shows across the world and 3 Grammy wins, Kanye blazed a trail for the new school.

Personally, this album helped me push through my victory lap in high school and while I busted my ass for minimum wage, saving for tuition.

What did this album do for you?


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