HYPETRAK’s Kanye West ‘College Dropout’ 10 Year Anniversary Spotify Playlist

Ten years ago today, saw the release Kanye West's debut album College Dropout and flourished his career to becoming one of the most prominent hip-hop artists of our generation. Released via Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam on February 10, 2004, the 21-track offering debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, with nearly a half a million copies. While Kanye had already made a name for himself as a producer, College Dropout showed that the Chicago native was an emcee in his own right. As Billboard pointed out correctly, College Dropout continues to resonate in pop culture today. It is the story of and for the underachiever, trying to prove himself to his hometown, label, peers, and most importantly, himself.

Honoring its tenth anniversary, the HYPETRAK editorial team sat down together and selected our favorite songs from the albums and coupled them with some key samples as well as music from its featured guests such as Jay Z, John Legend, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Freeway as well as some Kanye productions from that era. The accompanying artwork comes courtesy of the Australian illustration artist Rico Fierce. We hope you enjoy this audio trip back memory lane.

By: Petar Kujundzic / Playlist / February 10, 2014 / 11689 Views
  • Marcus

    The MJ of hip hop.

  • maikel

    fuck Spotify

  • patrick swagsy

    Which program is better?

  • maikel


  • patrick swagsy

    hahah no, just no.

  • mer

    Starting any playlist with Through the Wire does not make sense to me. It's so not a starter song.

  • Cali


  • Guest

    Lebron of the rhyme

  • fuck sean

    i rarely agree with that sean howell fag. It even hurts me to upvote a post that he's upvoted, but he's right on this one. soundcloud is better

  • jakeoftrades

    Symbolically that song was his first song to really put him on as a rapper. I think it fits.

  • M

    "What We Do" was produced by Just Blaze....

  • Mac

    College Dropout style Hip-Hop with a female rapper feature too

  • #beenhating

    You guys ruined my morning with this spotify shit.

  • kash

    Big statement!

  • Mockfello

    Next year will be Late Registration's 10 year... Those verses Ye put out on Diamonds from Sierra Leone will forever be my favorite Ye verses. He said..

    "I remember when i couldn't afford a ford escort or even a four-track recorder, so it's only right that i let the top drop on a drop-top Porsche it's for yourself that's important."

    He said he said!..

    "And wouldn't change by the change, or the game, or the fame
    When he came, in the game, he made his own lane
    Now all I need is y'all to pronounce my name
    It's Kanye, but some of my plaques, they still say Kayne."


  • Cristian

    There is NO program out better. shut up!

  • SmithAgentSmith

    wait for it ...