Last week, we reported that Kanye West’s sixth solo album Yeezus was certified platinum, making Yeezy a perfect six for six with platinum solo albums (and seven for seven if you count Watch The Throne), an all-time achievement equivalent to Michael Jordan’s legendary championship run in the 1990s with ‘Ye’s hometown Chicago Bulls. Nearly ten years removed from his classic debut, The College Dropout, Kanye has consistently leaped over creative boundaries without fear to keep his Jordan-esque winning streak alive by curating consecutive classic artistic offerings that reached the platinum plateau.
Yeezy joins Jay Z (Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime Vol. 1, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, Vol. 3… Life And Times Of S. Carter, The Blueprint, The Blueprint 2: Gift And The Curse), Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told, No Limit Top Dogg, Tha Last Meal, Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss) and Nas (Illmatic, It Was Written, I Am…, Nastradamus, Stillmatic, God’s Son) as the only rappers to successfully release six platinum albums in the first ten years of their career, but West’s recent accomplishments may serve as the most impressive considering he reached the milestone despite dropping his projects during a decade of dramatic decline in album sales.
Through the years, Yeezy has evolved to become one of culture’s most influential individuals, with one of the most impressive resumes in hip-hop history. XXL has compiled a guide to Kanye West’s evolution from The College Dropout to Yeezus that celebrates his top singles, record sales, classic collaborations, Grammy Awards, outrageous moments, and much more. —Christian Bonoan