Ranking Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ debut album – REVOLT TV

Ranking Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ debut album – REVOLT TV

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. Picture this: the year is 2002. Kanye West's name, as well as the sample-based hits he's been churning out for JAY-Z and others, are buzzing throughout the rap world. The Chicagoan who went from learning the industry ropes from Deric D-Dot Angelettie (of Mad Rapper fame) to being one of the go-to in-house producers at one of the hottest labels in the game has made his arrival. He's a few months away from earning his first major credit as a rap artist with his appearance on "The Bounce, " a track from Hov's The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse album. Then, tragedy occurs, forever altering the course of his life. Most rap fans are well-versed in the story by now. The talented super-producer wrecks his Mercedes Benz in a car accident in Los Angeles and nearly loses his life, only to go on to pursue a rap career and find fame and fortune. .

Bad night, right place, wrong time. In the blink of a eye, his whole life changed. Those were the words West spat into a microphone weeks after leaving the hospital -- with his jaw swollen and wired shut. The song was "Through The Wire, " a single the producer would release and foot the bill for the accompanying music video himself. The song would catch fire, peaking at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spurring West's induction into the Roc-A-Fella Records family. .

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