The College Dropout turns 10 today. I remember first listening to it a couple of weeks after it came out at the urging of my boy who swore up and down that it was a game changer. Keeping it 100, I had no desire to sit through an entire album of Kanye rapping at that point in my life, I had already written him off as another flavor of the month rapper producer. But I had to admit that I liked “Through The Wire” and so I gave it a shot. It stayed in my rotation for about 4 solid months after that day. To call it a game changer would be an understatement.
Hit the jump to check out Kanye’s statement on the 10th Anniversary of his debut LP.
“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.”