Kanye West releases statement to mark 10th anniversary of 'The College Dropout'
Rapper's debut album was released in February 2004
The album was released on February 10, 2004 and helped launch West as a solo artist, the rapper having previously worked as a producer for artists including Jay-Z. The album features the singles 'All Falls Down' and 'Through The Wire'. To celebrate a decade since the album's release, West posted a series of tweets detailing what the album means to him 10 years on.
“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," West wrote.
The tweets continued: "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 10 years. I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of."
Finishing his message, West concluded: "Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door. The doors may be heavier, but I promise you WE WILL BREAK THEM."
Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life's work up to that point: The College Dropout.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 10, 2014
Meanwhile, a pair of Kanye West's Red October trainers are currently on sale on eBay for £10 million. The red version of his delayed Air Yeezy 2 shoes were surprise released over the weekend (February 9) after Nike announced the news on Twitter. The shoes sold out within 11 minutes and pairs are now available online at the hugely inflated price.