Kanye West’s Debut Album The College Dropout Released Seventeen Years Ago Today

Seventeen years ago, Kanye West released his debut album “The College Dropout.” Kanye initially made a name for himself in the Hip-Hop community for his unique style of producing. After working with Hip-Hop titans Jay Z and Cam’Ron, many didn’t take Kanye seriously as a rapper and tried to keep him in the producer lane. Kanye zigged with his flow and what he rapped about, going against the grain of the more “gangster rap” era. Eventually, Kanye finally got a chance to release his debut album, and the rest was history. Kanye West produced all 21 songs on the album. He also called on Jay-Z, Mos Def, Syleena Johnson, Twista, Jamie Foxx and several others for features on the album. Some standout singles from the album were Slow Jamz, Jesus Walks, and Through the Wire, where Kanye recorded the song with his jaw wired shut after a almost fatal car accident. The album won several awards after its release. The College Dropout won a MOBO award, Source award, Teen Choice Award, and a Grammy for Best Rap Album. The album is also certified 4x platinum in the United States. The College Dropout was just an inclining of what was to come for Kanye as a rapper, producer, but it also opened doors for him to enter into the fashion industry as well.