Happy anniversary, Kanye West!
Kim Kardashian's fiancé released his first studio album, The College Dropout, 10 years ago today! The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star commemorated Kanye's rap anniversary with a celebratory Instagram post.
"10 years ago today Kanye released his 1st album The College Dropout! This was a game changer! Could only imagine what you were thinking and feeling today 10 years ago!" she wrote. "Happy anniversary to the best producer/artist over the past decade!!!!"
"Can't wait for the next 10 years!" North West's mom added. "Gonna be listening to this album all day. #TheCollegeDropout #ChangedHipHop."
That, it certainly did! This was the album that gave us "Jesus Walks," "Slow Jamz" and "All Falls Down." Kanye, who was just 26 when The College Dropout debuted, explained its title and overall theme to MTV News, saying, "All that's saying is make your own decisions. Don't let society tell you, 'This is what you have to do.'"
Well, 10 years and six albums later, 'Ye is still doing what he wants to do, and it seems like that's working out pretty well so far!
Kanye also released a statement to E! News via his record label, in which he promised to continue to break down every door that stands in his way.
"Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life's work up to that point: The College Dropout," West said.
"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."
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