Product Code: 9861741
Artist: Kanye West
Origin: EU
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records (2004)
Format: 2 X LP
Availability: In Stock
Cover: M
Record: M
Genre: Contemporary , Hip-Hop/Rap , Pop , Rhythm and Blues N

The College Dropout

Brand new sealed explicit version reissue of this Kanye West album.

The College Dropout is the debut studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released on February 10, 2004, by Def Jam Recordings and Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records. In the years leading up to release, West had received praise for his production work for rappers such as Jay-Z and Talib Kweli, but faced difficulty being accepted as an artist in his own right by figures in the music industry. Intent on pursuing a solo career, he signed a record deal with Roc-A-Fella and recorded the album over a period of four years, beginning in 1999.

The production of The College Dropout was primarily handled by West and showcased his "chipmunk soul" musical style, which made use of sped-up, pitch shifted vocal samples from soul and R&B records, in addition to West's own drum programming, string accompaniments, and gospel choirs; the album also features contributions from Jay-Z, Mos Def, Jamie Foxx, Syleena Johnson, and Ludacris, among others. Diverging from the then-dominant gangster persona in hip hop, West's lyrics concern themes of family, self-consciousness, materialism, religion, racism, and higher education.

The College Dropout debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 441,000 copies in its first week of sales. It was a large-scale commercial success, becoming West's best-selling album in the United States at the time, with domestic sales of over 3.4 million copies by 2014 and was certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2020. The album was promoted with singles such as "Through the Wire", "Jesus Walks", "All Falls Down", and "Slow Jamz", the latter two of which peaked within the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, with "Slow Jamz" becoming West's first number-one single as a lead artist.

    We Don't Care  
    Graduation Day  
    All Falls Down  
    Jesus Walks  
    Never Let Me Down  
    Get Em High  
    The New Workout Plan  
    Through The Wire  
    Slow Jamz  
    Breathe In Breathe Out  
    School Spirit  
    Two Words  
    Family Business  
    Last Call