After months of facing less than favourable press, Kanye West has been recognised by Entertainment Weekly for having the ‘Album of the Decade.’ The publication honoured his 2004 debut The College Dropout above significant Hip Hop releases such as 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Kanye reacted to the honour by expressing his gratitude, stating ‘Wow, this is really flattering. 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.’ He then recalled ‘how much pain and love went into this album.’
Touching on the project’s impact on the Hip Hop scene, he explained ‘No one saw it coming. This project wasn’t about me, it was about a time in people’s lives where people force opinions on you and you have to make choices for yourself.’ He then continued to highlight how the record stood out at the time, stating ‘We loved 50 Cent but we wanted to be the yang. We wanted to wear pink polos and rap about being hurt on this album everyday.’
After rising to fame following the success of the Grammy-winning album, West has continued to trangress the boundaries of the genre with his albums and in doing so has enjoyed considerable commercial success. Whether or not you agree that The College Dropout was the Album of the 2000s, it must be said that it is certainly a strong contender and a great contribution to the Hip Hop world.
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