Kanye West is one of the most polarizing artists of the 21st century. Depending on who you ask, people either feel he is a conceited douche bag, talented lyricists and producer, or all of those things. To me, Kanye has always been one of the greatest rappers to exist.
Spanning from Late Registration to 808s & Heartbreak and then his latest The Life of Pablo, Kanye makes some truly beautiful and amazing music. But before the madness, before the peak of his fame, before storming the stage at the VMA’s and warning the world about a certain blonde country(?) singer, West dropped Graduation, his third studio album, an album that paved the way for a lot of different musical avenues that West would use again and again on future projects.
Graduation was a departure from West’s original forte, that of slow beats and melancholy, Graduation had a living and thriving heart. It featured such artists as Lil Wayne, T-Pain, and Chris Martin. All of them collaborated with West on such songs as Barry Bonds, Good Life (my jam), and Homecoming (my other jam). Graduation was such a solid album and one that still gains play to this day, ten years from its original release. So in honor of it, we wanted to show not only some respect to a fantastic album but also some respect to a talented and fantastic individual.