A lot of people are talking about the tenth anniversary of Kanye West’s legendary debut album, from fans to writers to those intimately involved with breaking West as a rapper and the album itself (and, of course, us). But Kanye remained silent until today, when he posted a subdued but proud statement to Twitter:
Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life's work up to that point: The College Dropout. I say "finally" because it was a long road, a constant struggle, and a true labor of love to not only convince my peers and the public that I could be an artist, but to actually get that art out for the world to hear. I am extremely grateful to each and every person along that road who helped, lent an ear, lent their voice, gave of their heart to that project, and to all the projects that followed, and are to come. I am honored and humbled by my fans, for the unwavering support and love over the past ten years. Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door. I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of. The doors may be heavier, but I promise you WE WILL BREAK THEM.
The statement reads a bit like an acceptance speech, which is isn’t entirely inappropriate. Today can be considered the day Kanye finally won “Most Important Album of 2004.” That is a completely made up award, obviously, but it’s true.
Check out 18 shots of vintage 'Ye right here.