Kanye West's 'The College Dropout:' An Extensive Oral History On Its 10th Anniversary

Kanye West poses for a portrait during the 2004 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Today marks the tenth anniversary of Kanye West's career-defining record "The College Dropout," as West himself just pointed out on Twitter.

The same sentiments could be said for Billboard's just-published extensive special feature: "'The College Dropout': An Oral History." For the piece, Billboard's Erika Ramirez conducted exhaustive interviews speaking with twenty-six of the principal players behind the record's development. This included first-person accounts of how they met West, details behind the sessions, the impact of West's near-death car accident, the acrimony between West and the majors, the ultimate impact of "The College Dropout" and much more.

Ten years after its release (Feb. 10, 2004), "The College Dropout" continues to resonate in pop culture, not only because of Kanye West but all of those who were a part of the creation. The music executives interviewed include Damon Dash, Gee Roberson, JB Marshall, Joe "3H" Weinberger, Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, Olskool Ice-Gre and Shalik Berry. Others also included in the oral history, include: The Players, 88-Keys, Common, Consequence, Coodie & Chike, Devo Springsteen, Ferris Bueller, Freeway, GLC, J. Ivy, John Legend, John Monopoly, Miri Ben-Ari, No I.D., Plain Pat, Really Doe,  Syleena Johnson, Talib Kweli and Tony Williams.

Click Here To read "The College Dropout: An Oral History" Feature