Release Date: Aug 30, 2005
Record label: Roc-A-Fella
And then, in a flash, Kanye was everywhere, transformed from respected producer to big-name producer/MC, throwing a fit at the American Music Awards, performing "Jesus Walks" at the Grammys, wearing his diamond-studded Jesus piece, appearing on the cover of Time, running his mouth 24/7. One thing that remains unchanged is Kanye's hunger, even though his head has swollen to the point where it could be separated from his body, shot into space, and considered a planet. Raised middle class, Kanye didn't have to hustle his way out of poverty, the number one key to credibility for many hip-hop fans, whether it comes to rapper turned rapping label presidents or suburban teens.
Since the release of his debut album, The College Dropout, in 2004, rapper and producer Kanye West has cultivated a reputation for overbearing arrogance. In hip-hop, where no one turns a hair at Jay-Z regularly comparing himself to God, this is a staggering achievement. The trouble is, it's quite hard to find any reason to contradict him. You could, if you were so inclined, debate his originality.