3B. 808s & Heartbreak
3A. My BeauTiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
From beginning to end this album was incredible. The production on #MBDTF in my opinion is Kanye's finest hour as a producer. Also there are so many memorable features on this album from Nicki's album intro and game-changing "Monster" verse to Chris Rock on "Blame Game" to the star studded cast on "All Of The Lights". What I like the most about MDBTF is that it is the same Kanye from early years but the tone is darker and his rhymes are more grittier than ever before. It is like his first three albums were a happy relationship, 808s was the breakup and MDBTF was the finally getting over it and saying "F it" stage.
Graduation was indeed a celebration and its greatness should be celebrated for years and years to come.
1. College DropOut
Easily his best album in my eyes and one of my favorite albums of all time (hell probably is my favorite). I know this project from beginning to end. Two of my top five favorite Kanye songs are on this album in "We Don't Care" and "Get Em High". This album is truly a journey. It is so diverse yet so cohesive at the same time. This album is one of the reasons I fell in love with music and why I cover it so much to this day. This album is also one of the reasons why I have been so frustrated with Ye because this is the artist I became a fan of, not Yeezus. Hopefully T.L.O.P gives vibes of old Kanye and less Yeezus. College Dropout and the story behind making it is kind of the journey I am on right now in my life. If you listen to "Last Call", Kanye talks about how he was making moves as a producer but nobody really was paying attention to him as the rapper. He was getting overlooked left and right. That is exactly how I feel right now in my career; making hella moves but no one is giving the boy a shot. Kanye kept working though and the rest is history. Hopefully my story has a similar outlook.