Kanye's Decade: 10 Albums That Redefined Hip Hop

The College Dropout (2004)

Marked Kanye's debut, challenging hip hop norms with themes on faith, family, and education. Its success turned Kanye into a new voice for the genre​​.

Late Registration (2005)

Expanded on his debut's themes with orchestral arrangements, elevating Kanye's status as a producer and rapper​​.

Graduation (2007)

Symbolized the victory in Kanye's rivalry with 50 Cent, showcasing electronic influences and solidifying his place in mainstream music​​.

808s & Heartbreak (2008)

Pioneered the use of Auto-Tune in hip hop, influencing a new generation of artists with its emotional depth and minimalist production​​.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

Considered his magnum opus, this album blended various music styles and featured an ensemble of guest artists, leaving a lasting impact on the music industry​​.

Yeezus (2013)

Known for its aggressive production and experimental sound, pushing the boundaries of mainstream hip hop and influencing the industrial rap genre​​.

The Life of Pablo (2016)

Demonstrated the potential of album updates post-release, blending gospel, trap, and house music, reflecting the fragmented nature of contemporary life​​.

Ye (2018)

Recorded in Wyoming, the album tackled personal and controversial themes, marking a return to introspection for Kanye​​.

Jesus Is King (2019)

Signified Kanye's pivot to gospel music, blending Christian themes with hip hop, and winning the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album​​​​.

Donda (2021)

A tribute to his late mother, blending gospel, hip hop, and electronic music, showcasing his ability to evolve artistically and personally​​.