Year He Turned 30: 2007

Number of Albums Released at the Time: 3

Kanye West had already established himself as a successful rapper after two excellent albums—The College Dropout and Late Registration—but in 2007, with a streak of hot guest appearances and the release of his third LP, Graduation, Kanye had become the most influential figure in hip-hop.

This was proven when 'Ye battled rap's previous sales king, 50 Cent, for the No. 1 album in America when they both released projects on September 11. Kanye ended up winning with 957,000 in first-week sales.

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