First off, I need to say this: Kanye West‘s The College Dropout changed my life. I can still vividly remember abusing all of Ye’s mixtapes, impatiently waiting for this album to drop. Being an 18-year-old rapper at the time, it completely changed my outlook on the type of topics that could be discussed in a Hip Hop song. With that being said, this record is hands down one of the greatest pieces of art ever released, regardless of genre. Say what you want about Kanye, this man is responsible for some of the greatest music and this is the album that started it all. So, since his debut is officially 10 years old today, which makes me old as shit, let’s celebrate its influence and legacy.
Now that the year is 2014, we as a people need to resign to the fact the Kanye West of old is gone. Since he’s busy with Kim Kardashian, ranting onstage and telling people they don’t have the answers, the soul sampling dude who called himself “Kanye To The” is no longer in regular rotation. While I’m still an unabashed fan of every project he’s dropped, Yeezus included, I will always have an affinity for his “Chipmunk Soul” period. Side note, the hyperlink I just attached is in German. That’s all I could find, son! Sue me.
In any case, I think people forgot just how revolutionary this album was when it dropped. Back in the early 2000s, if you weren’t a gangsta rapper, you didn’t have a career. At the time, 50 Cent was our Lord and Savior and a lot of people weren’t trying to hear social commentary from a man who wore pink Polo sweaters. Hell, his own record label didn’t even really believe in his career as an artist. They just wanted his instrumentals. Despite that, Kanye almost single-handedly changed the image a rapper could have. Artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole wouldn’t be able to exist if Ye didn’t kick down the door first. Side note, Drake REALLY wouldn’t exist if he didn’t jack Ye’s 808s & Heartbreak style, but that’s an entirely different discussion, son. Anyway, despite the fact it’s fashionable to hate on Ye and his antics, he’s easily one of music’s biggest influences. This CANNOT be disputed.
All in all, now that it’s been a decade since his debut album dropped, I’m going to play the entire thing on repeat for the whole week. I mean, that’s what you have to do when you can’t pick a favorite song, man. With that being said, I command you to join me in the festivities. What would Yeezus do? He’d tell you to play the damn album and enjoy that shit! The both of us have spoken! Good day.