Kanye West’s breakout album is celebrating its 10th birthday.
West released ‘The College Dropout’ on Feb. 10, 2004. That album debuted at the top of the rap charts and No. 2 on the Billboard 200, helping propel West into a star.
The rapper, 36, took to Twitter to reflect on the album and how it changed his life and career. He started out as a record producer for artists like Jay Z.
“Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life’s work up to that point: The College Dropout,” he wrote. “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.”
In the last decade, the outspoken artist has released numerous Grammy-winning albums and singles. He thanked the people who had a hand in his early work.
“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.”
‘The College Dropout’ is one of West’s best-selling albums. It was certified double-platinum by the RIAA and featured contributions from John Legend, Twista and Jamie Foxx. The album was nominated for 10 Grammy Awards in 2005.
Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 10, 2014
West’s fiancee Kim Kardashian noted the anniversary of the album.
10 years ago today Kanye released his 1st album The College Dropout! This was a game changer! Could… http://t.co/tnUVGK4uEH
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) February 10, 2014