20 hours ago
[ The College DropOut ]
Kanye West one artist that has divided critics and fans and arguably one of most controversial individuals in music over the last decade. We all know, furthermore his social circle and political views are just as debatable as his music. I am going to keep this one strictly artistic and focus on the music before anything else is mentioned to me. "The College DropOut" single handedly set hip-hop on a new path, introducing himself as of the 21st Century's most innovative artists. Kanye West's The College DropOut was one of the most astonishing debut albums in hip-hop history Multi-faceted, idiosyncratic and packed with enough pop nous to coqure the radio playlists of it's day, it brought him "finally" the critical acclaim and artistic recognition that his work hard been going without, for so long. The huge commercial success certainly didn't happen overnight, (as I mentioned this was someone who's dues had gone unnoticed for sometime) As an up- and coming producer, West's ground-breaking work on the classic 2001 album, The Blueprint, was followed by a frustrating few years as he sought to gain acceptance as an artist in his own right. Few labels bosses were ready to take a chance on a middle-class-art-school DropOut. Despite his wealth of ideas, it was a near-fatal accident that provided the album with its real focus. "Left with a shattered jaw after reconstructive surgery" he wrote and recorded [Through The Wire] a self reflective, heartfelt song- shot with his jaw still wired shut. Driven be a need to express himself further after nearly losing his life, an inspired West used The College DropOut as both a conduit for his newfound energy and a welcome distraction from the pain of his recovery. Released on 10 February 2004, The College DropOut reached No.2 on the US Billboard, 12 UK. Album charts. Won best Rap Album at the 2005 GRAMMY Awards. Proving the doubters wrong, Kanye West had succeeded on his own terms, kicking off a career that would see him become hip-hop most enigmatic and innovative artist.
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