This album is a time machine, a first coming of the first wave of greatness from post beat making tour de force Kanye in full E-F-F-E-C-T. It’s been a roller coaster of ups and downs, highs and lows for Kanye since this album was released a decade ago. Packed with headstrong vernacular about substance, social commentary, righteous anger, ornery humanism, dark humor, and of course Christianity. It’s a newer (well back then in 2004) album that appeals to a larger mass of people without sacrificing artistic integrity and vision. Kanye was the outcast to ROC-A-Fellas street minded topics of the time and he offered a different outlook then. I was ecstatic over the release of this album, I was a huge fan of his beat making skills and was eager to hear what he delivered on a whole album. I wasn’t disappointed and still am not to this day with this album.
In its retrospective 2007 issue, XXL awarded it a perfect “XXL” rating, which had previously been given to only sixteen other albums. Kanye West delivers the goods with a disarming mix of confessional honesty and sarcastic humor, earnest idealism and big-pimping materialism. In a scene still dominated by authenticity battles and gangsta posturing, he’s a middle-class, politically conscious, post-thug, bourgeois rapper — and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. So dust of your CD copy of College Dropout and enjoy the ride he has provided.