On this day in Hip-Hop history, Kanye West released his debut album The College Dropout.
On this day in 2004, Kanye West released this debut album The College Dropout on Roc-A-Fella. The album was produced entirely by Mr. West. Guest artists featured on the set included Jamie Foxx, Twista, Syleena Johnson, GLC, Consequence, J. Ivy, Talib Kweli, Common, Ludacris, Mos Def, Freeway, and Jay Z.
The College Dropout spawned five smash hits including "Through the Wire," which peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100; "All Falls Down," which peaked at #7 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Rap chart; "Slow Jamz," which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; "Jesus Walks," which hit #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Rap chart, was certified gold and won a Grammy; and "The New Workout Plan," which peaked at #59 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200. It sold 441,000 copies its first week. It was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. It was nominated and won the Grammy for Best Rap Album.
Also on this day...
1987 - Public Enemy released Yo! Bum Rush the Show on Def Jam.
2004 - J-Kwon released the single "Tipsy" on Arista.
2006 - J Dilla passed away.