Everybody knows album anniversaries bring back the most nostalgic memories, and for all the Yeezy fans out there make sure you have that Graduation on repeat all this week. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the studio album. This is arguably one of Yeezy’s best projects, not because every song has the potential to replay in your psyche all day, but because of all the sonic brilliance, heartfelt lyrics, and innovation. I actually remember the first time I heard “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and “Stronger”, I played them on my Ipod religiously. Something about both of those songs is just so heart-tugging, as West forces you to come out of your world of thought and enter his, “I had dream I would buy my way to heaven/When I awoke I spent that on a necklace/I told God I would be back in second/Man it’s so hard not to act reckless”. In Stronger he says, “ I ask, cause I’m not sure: Do anybody make real shit anymore? Bow in the presence of greatness/’Cause right now thou hast forsaken us/You should be honored by my lateness/That I would even show up to this fake sh*t.”
When Graduation came out, there was such an ingenuity that Yeezy embodied in his music, this is what drew me so much closer his as an artist. It is known that West had some assistance from the likes of, Plain Pat, DJ Toomp, Mike Dean and more. All of these producers helped give birth to each heavy synth and electro-based rap beat. Some say these beats are not the “Old Kanye” that many are use to but nonetheless the album was still able to tell a coherent story, full of twists and turns that occurred in his life. Speaking of those twists and turns, the song“Flashing Lights dives into that oh so divinely, “Feeling like Katrina with no fema/Like Martin with no Gina/Like a flight with no visa/First class with the seat back I still see ya/In my past, you on the other side of the glass/Of my memory’s museum/I’m just saying, Hey Mona Lisa/Come home you know you can’t Rome without Caesar.” Graduation was the trifecta of school-themed albums for Kanye and has touched the hearts of many across the globe, sparking innovation in the rap game and music world as a whole.
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