‘Ye Speaks: Kanye West Remembers The College Dropout 10 Years Later

Kanye West doesn’t really seem like the type of artist who enjoys looking back at his past songs with reminiscent nostalgia. However, today he released a statement via Def Jam Records, honoring his debut album, which turns 10 years old today:


“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.”

As an outsider, to what extent do you agree that Kanye’s the same? What do you think would have happened had Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records decided against The College Dropout?

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