Kanye West ‘Honored and Humbled’ on 10th Anniversary of Debut
Ten years ago today, Kanye West dropped his debut album, The College Dropout … and nothing has been the same since, both for the Chicago rapper and the landscape of music.
“Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life’s work up to that point: The College Dropout. 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.”
Kim also gave props to Kanye for his incredible feat.
Along with Instagramming the album’s cover, she wrote: “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! Happy anniversary to the best producer/artist over the past decade!!!! Can’t wait for the next 10 years! Gonna be listening to this album all day. #TheCollegeDropout #ChangedHipHop.”
The College Dropout — which produced five singles — debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart and sold 441,000 copies in its first week.
The second singe, “Slow Jamz,” featuring Twista and Jamie Foxx, peaked at No. 1 in the US … check out the video: