15 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Its title can’t sum things up better: Graduation is the moment when Kanye West went from being a backpack-toting, vinyl-sampling rap hero to a full-fledged mainstream idol. Paving the way for hip-hop to come with Technicolor dance production on tracks like “Stronger” and “Flashing Lights” while still delivering defiantly independent anthems like “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, this album pushed Kanye further into pop music’s spotlight, proving that it’s where he is destined to be.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Its title can’t sum things up better: Graduation is the moment when Kanye West went from being a backpack-toting, vinyl-sampling rap hero to a full-fledged mainstream idol. Paving the way for hip-hop to come with Technicolor dance production on tracks like “Stronger” and “Flashing Lights” while still delivering defiantly independent anthems like “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, this album pushed Kanye further into pop music’s spotlight, proving that it’s where he is destined to be.

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