The College Dropout

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Kanye WestFebruary 10, 2004
Hip-Hop/Rap℗ A Def Jam Records release;; ℗ 2004 Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC
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The College Dropout is the debut studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released on February 10, 2004, through Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records.
In the years leading up to the album, West had received praise for his production work for rappers such as Jay-Z and Talib Kweli, but faced difficulty being accepted as an artist in his own right by figures in the music industry. Intent on pursuing a solo career, he signed a record deal with Roc-A-Fella and recorded The College Dropout over a period of four years, beginning in 1999.
The album's production was primarily handled by West and developed his "chipmunk soul" production style, which made use of sped-up, pitch shifted vocal samples from soul and R&B records, in addition to West's own drum programming, string accompaniments, and gospel choirs; it also features contributions from Jay-Z, Mos Def, Jamie Foxx, Syleena Johnson, and Ludacris, among others. Diverging from the then-dominant gangster persona in hip hop, West's lyrics concern themes of family, self-consciousness, materialism, religion, racism, and higher education.

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Intro0:19
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We Don't Care3:59
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Graduation Day1:21
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All Falls Down (feat. Syleena Johnson)3:43
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I'll Fly Away1:09
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Spaceship (feat. GLC & Consequence)5:24
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Jesus Walks3:13
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Never Let Me Down (feat. JAY-Z & J. Ivy)5:24
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Get Em High (feat. Talib Kweli & Common)4:49
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Workout Plan0:46
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The New Workout Plan5:22
12
Slow Jamz5:16
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Breathe In Breathe Out (feat. Ludacris)4:06
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School Spirit Skit 11:18
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School Spirit3:02
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School Spirit Skit 20:43
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Lil Jimmy Skit0:53
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Two Words (feat. Mos Def, Freeway & The Boys Choir Of Harlem)4:26
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Through The Wire3:41
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Family Business4:38
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Last Call12:41
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Total length
1:16:24
Tracks
21
Released
February 10, 2004
Label
℗ A Def Jam Records release;; ℗ 2004 Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
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