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)