Kanye West releases his first single "Through the Wire"

"Through the Wire" is the debut single performed by rapper Kanye West.

Released in 2003 as the lead single from his debut album The College Dropout (2004), it peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, which samples Chaka Khan's 1985 single "Through the Fire", received positive reviews from music critics.

After a car accident in October 2002, West recorded "Through the Wire" with his jaw wired shut. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, the track was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance, which was won by Jay-Z's "99 Problems". The music video was self-financed by West, who conceived ideas from an Adidas advertisement.

1. "Through the Wire"
2. "Through the Wire (instrumental)"
3. Two Words (main)"
4. "Two Words (clean)"
5. "Two Words (instrumental)"