Kanye West releases his debut album "The College Dropout"

The College Dropout is the debut album of American hip hop artist Kanye West, released February 10, 2004 on Roc-A-Fella Records.

It was recorded over a period of four years, beginning in 1999. Prior to the album's release, West had worked on Jay-Z's The Blueprint (2001), which showcased his style of melodic and soulful hip hop production. Produced entirely by West, The College Dropout also features contributions from musicians such as Jay-Z, John Legend, Ervin "EP" Pope, Miri Ben-Ari, Syleena Johnson, and Ken Lewis. West's lyrics on the album concern topics that include family, religion, and materialism, while discarding the then-dominant gangster persona in hip hop.
Upon its release, The College Dropout became a massive commercial success, producing three top-ten singles and selling over 441,000 copies in its first week alone. The album has been widely considered a musical masterpiece, garnering "universal acclaim" by music critics, based on an aggregate score of 88/100 from Metacritic. At the 47th Grammy Awards in 2005, the album received a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and a nomination for Album of the Year, and its single "Jesus Walks" won a Grammy for Best Rap Song. In its retrospective 2007 issue, XXL magazine awarded it a perfect "XXL" rating, which had previously been given to only sixteen other albums. As of July 2009, it is West's best-selling album in the United States, with domestic sales of over 3.5 million copies.

1. "Intro" (West) - 0:19
2. "We Don't Care" - 3:59
3. "Graduation Day" - 1:22
4. "All Falls Down" (feat. Syleena Johnson) - 3:43
5. "I'll Fly Away" - 1:09
6. "Spaceship" (feat. GLC, Consequence) - 5:24
7. "Jesus Walks" - 3:13
8. "Never Let Me Down" (feat. Jay-Z, J. Ivy) - 5:24
9. "Get 'Em High" (feat. Talib Kweli, Common) - 4:49
10. "Workout Plan" - 0:46
11. "The New Workout Plan" - 5:22
12. "Slow Jamz" (feat. Twista, Jamie Foxx) - 5:16
13. "Breathe In, Breathe Out" (feat. Ludacris) - 4:06
14. "School Spirit Skit 1" - 1:18
15. "School Spirit" - 3:02
16. "School Spirit Skit 2" - 0:43
17. "Lil Jimmy Skit" - 0:53
18. "Two Words" (feat. Mos Def, Freeway, The Harlem Boys Choir) - 4:26
19. "Through the Wire" - 3:41
20. "Family Business" - 4:38
21. "Last Call" - 12:40