The College Dropout (studio album) by Kanye West

The College Dropout
The College Dropout by Kanye West
Year: 2004
Release date: 2004-02-10
Overall rank: 190th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 1,177 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 2004 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 2000s (34th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (190th)

Kanye West bestography

The College Dropout is ranked 2nd best out of 10 albums by Kanye West on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Kanye West is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy which is ranked number 34 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 32,720.

Kanye West album bestography « Higher ranked (34th) This album (190th) Lower ranked (216th) »
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82/100 (from 1,177 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.3/100, a mean average of 79.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 19.4.

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65/100
From 07/16/2020 22:41
Kanye's best, but it's still deeply flawed.
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85/100
From 05/09/2020 21:11
It has a lot of really really good songs and sort of a consistent thematic through-line, to go with the best beats that soul Kanye ever made and arguably the best rapping of his career. The only reason I don't rate it higher is the length-75 minutes with a ridiculous amount of skits and a stupid long closer.
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85/100
From 02/15/2020 07:00
his best album.
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Rating:  
90/100
From 08/31/2019 22:41
Overall: 8.9

Top Tracks: "We Don't Care", "Jesus Walks", "Through the Wire"

Incredible debut. The production and features on this are frankly insane. The 21st century has not seen a musical auteur anywhere close to Kanye West's level, and there is simply no better way for him to have introduced himself than with this blaring, confessional, genius work of art.
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From 06/05/2019 09:05
kanye's first and best album
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From 04/17/2019 00:34
My only issue with this album is that it's too long. There are easily a few tracks near the middle that could be gotten rid of. Other than that, great debut album from Mr. West.
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From 03/30/2019 09:18
I miss the old Kanye
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70/100
From 03/05/2019 14:20
Real rating: 72.5%

This is definitely one of the more honest, humble albums from Kanye. I won't say it's bad, but it doesn't really move me in any way. It's a shame that it doesn't really have the legendary level of production and creativity in instrumentals as seen in Common's Be. In terms of topicality, there are a lot of relevant, very real issues for sure but I've never just been a big fan of his style of delivery and lyricisim.
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85/100
From 02/01/2019 06:38
For someone who is not much into this kind of music and had so far only listened to KIDS SEE GHOSTS when it comes to the controversial Kanye West, this album was a pleasant surprise. I found myself liking this album more than I expected and I would recommend it to people who, like me, would usually not listen to rap.
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From 01/27/2019 22:12
And thus the world was introduced to Kanye West. A groundbreaking moment in hiphop.
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