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Breaking Down Kanye West’s Six Platinum Solo Albums

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Album: The College Dropout
Release Date: February 10, 2004
First Week Sales: 441,000
Major Singles (Billboard Hot 100 peak): “Through The Wire” (No. 15); “Slow Jamz” (No. 1); “All Falls Down” (No. 7); “Jesus Walks” (No. 11); “The New Workout Plan” (N/A)
Platinum Certification Date: April 6, 2004 (8 weeks)
XXL Rating: XXL
Top News Headlines: Kanye West Storms Out of American Music Awards After Losing “Best New Artist” To A Country Singer
Kanye West Starts G.O.O.D. Music label
Biggest Rap Album Competitor: Eminem, Encore
Memorable Remixes/Feature Verses: Mase, “Welcome Back (Remix)”
Classic Collaborations/Production Credits: Dilated Peoples, “This Way”; Dwele, “Hold On”; John Legend, “Used To Love You”; Twista, “Overnight Celebrity”; Slum Village, “Selfish”
Unforgettable Quotes:
 “You can’t take anything away from me if I have that ego. It’s part of the whole ambiance, so just enjoy the ride.”
“God could send a message in the form of a goat.”
“Me breaking my mouth was like a parent hitting a shorty so he knows how to act. God was saying, ‘Kanye, I’m about to give you the world. Don’t misuse it.’”
“I think there will be one glimmering moment in time where I will be the number one rap artist in the game.”
“I’m the rap version of Dave Chappelle. I’m not sayin’ I’m nearly as talented as Chappelle when it comes to political and social commentary, but like him, I’m laughing to keep from crying.”
Grammy Awards Won: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song (“Jesus Walks”)

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