The College Dropout
File-Kanyewest collegedropout
Kanye West
Released February 10, 2004
Recorded 1999-2003
Label Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Produced by Kareem "Biggs" Burke (exec.), Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (exec.), Damon "Dame" Dash (exec.), Evidence, Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua (exec.), Kanye West (also exec.)

The College Dropout is the debut studio album by Kanye West. This album produced five singles:

The College Dropout was Kanye's debut album of which was released February 10, 2004, on Roc-A-Fella Records. It was recorded over a period of four years, beginning in 1999. Prior to the album's release, West had worked on rapper Jay-Z's The Blueprint (2001), which showcased his melodic and soulful style of hip hop production. Produced entirely by West, The College Dropout features musical contributions from Jay-Z, John Legend, Ervin "EP" Pope, Miri Ben-Ari, and Syleena Johnson. Diverging from the then-dominant gangster persona in hip hop, West's lyrics on the album concern themes of family, religion, self-consciousness, materialism, and personal struggles.

The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 441,000 copies in its first week. It was a massive commercial success, producing five singles that achieved chart success. Upon its release, The College Dropout received general acclaim from music critics and earned West several accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 47th Grammy Awards. It is West's best-selling album in the United States, with domestic sales of over 3.1 million copies and worldwide sales of over four million copies. Rolling Stone named it the tenth-best album of the 2000s decade. In 2006, the album was named by Time as one of the 100 best albums of all time.

Track ListingEdit

  • 1. Intro (Skit)
  • 2. We Don't Care
  • 3. Graduation Day
  • 4. All Falls Down (featuring Syleena Johnson)
  • 5. I'll Fall Away
  • 6. Spaceship (featuring GLC and Consequence)
  • 7. Jesus Walks
  • 8. Never Let Me Down (featuring Jay Z and J. Ivy)
  • 9. Get Em' High (featuring Talib Kweli and Common)
  • 10. Workout Plan (Skit)
  • 11. The New Workout Plan
  • 12. Slow Jamz (performed by Twista, Kanye West, and Jamie Foxx)
  • 13. Breathe In Breathe Out (featuring Ludacris)
  • 14. School Spirit (Skit 1)
  • 15. School Spirit
  • 16. School Spirit (Skit 2)
  • 17. Lil Jimmy (Skit)
  • 18. Two Words (featuring Mos Def, Freeway, and the Harlem Boys Choir)
  • 19. Through the Wire
  • 20. Family Business
  • 21. Last Call

Japanese bonus trackEdit

  • 22. Heavy Hitters (featuring GLC)

Bonus CDEdit

  • 1. We Don't Care (Reprise) (featuring Keyshia Cole)
  • 2. Jesus Walks (Remix) (featuring Ma$e and Common)
  • 3. It's Alright (featuring Ma$e and John Legend)
  • 4. The New Workout Plan (featuring Fonzworth Bentley, Luke, and Twista)
  • 5. Two Words (Cinematic) (featuring The Harlem Boys Choir)
  • 6. Never Let Me Down (Cinematic)

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