WAKE UP Mr. WEST!!!!
On this day September 11, 2007, Kanye West RELEASED ‘Graduation’ and changed MUSIC! Inspired by stadium tours, house music and indie rock, Graduation marked a departure away from the ornate, soul-based sound of West’s previous releases. He musically progressed to a more anthemic style of composing rap songs that would function well when performing in large arenas. Toward this end, West incorporated layered synthesizer sounds into his hip-hop production and dabbled with electronic music while sampling from a wider spectrum of genres and altering his approach to rapping.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling over 957,000 copies in its first week of sales. It produced five singles, including the international hits “Stronger”, “Good Life” and “Homecoming”, the former of which topped the Billboard Hot 100. DOPE! Now that’s what you call the ‘Good Life’! SEGUE!!