News: Kanye West's "College Dropout" Takes Best Of The Decade Honors, "There Can Only Be One Number One"
Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 9:33AM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has shared his reaction to Entertainment Weekly naming his debut album, The College Dropout, the best CD of the past ten years.
Writing via his widely read blog, West expressed his gratitude toward to honor.
"WOW... THIS IS REALLY FLATTERING...," Kanye wrote. "I'VE HAD SOME UPS AND DOWNS THIS YEAR, WELL ACTUALLY THIS DECADE. JUST SEEING THIS COVER TAKES ME BACK TO THAT TIME OF MY LIFE. I REMEMBER HOW MUCH PAIN AND LOVE WENT INTO THIS ALBUM. NO ONE SAW IT COMING. THIS PROJECT WASN'T ABOUT ME, IT WAS ABOUT A TIME IN PEOPLES LIVES WHERE PEOPLE FORCE OPINIONS ON YOU AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES FOR YOURSELF. WE LOVED 50 CENT BUT WE WANTED TO BE THE YANG. WE WANTED TO WEAR PINK POLOS AND RAP ABOUT BEING HURT INSTEAD BEING INVINCIBLE. THERE WAS A CORE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON THIS ALBUM EVERYDAY.... PLAIN PAT, JOHN MONOPOLY, DON CRAWLEY, ANTHONY KILHOFFER, MANNY MARROQUIN, JOHN LEGEND, DEVON HARRIS, RYHMEFEST, GEE ROBERSON, HIP HOP, AL BRANCH, DAMON DASH, GABE TESORIERO, CRAIG BAUER, GLC, OL' SCHOOL ICE GREE, CONSEQUENCE, B NICE AND MY MOM. I WAS MOST INSPIRED BY THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL AND I LISTENED TO THAT ALBUM EVERYDAY WHILE WORKING ON MY DEBUT. THANK YOU FOR THIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ALSO FOR PUTTING 'THE BLUEPRINT' ON THE LIST ALSO. I LOVED 'THE LOVE BELOW' AND 'GET RICH OR DIE TRYING' ALSO. THEY BOTH EQUALLY DESERVED THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IN MY EYES BUT THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE NUMBER ONE!!!" (Kanye West's Blog)
Entertainment Weekly described the solo project as being an instant classic.
The 2004 debut from West -- a revolutionarily relatable rapper who also happened to be a beatmaking genius -- was accepted into the hip-hop canon instantly, no diploma needed. For more Bests of the Decade, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Dec. 4. (Entertainment Weekly)
Other artists making the list included OutKast and Beyonce.
1. Kanye West (The College Dropout) 2. Jay-Z (The Blueprint) 3. Radiohead (Kid A) 4. OutKast (Stankonia) 5. Bob Dylan (Love And Theft) 6. The Dixie Chicks (Home) 7. The Arcade Fire (Funeral) 8. Beyonce (I Am...Sasha Fierce) 9. Justin Timberlake (FutureSex/LoveSounds) 10. Cat Power (You Are Free). (Prefix Mag)
West's College Dropout was released around winter 2004.
Then, just as "Through the Wire" was breaking big-time at the tail end of 2003, another West song caught fire, a collaboration with Twista and comedian/actor Jamie Foxx called "Slow Jamz," which gave the rapper/producer two simultaneously ubiquitous singles and a much-anticipated debut album. As with so many of West's songs, the singles were driven by somewhat recognizable sample-based hooks -- Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire" in the case of "Through the Wire," and Luther Vandross' "A House Is Not a Home" in the case of "Slow Jamz." (All Music)
Look down below for a recent Kanye West performance: