Date: September 2007

Kanye West referred to his mega-successful Graduation as a “time capsule,” asserting that his cultural references and the artists he featured represent the year in which the album was released. He goes into fuller detail in his interview with DJ Booth’s DJ “Z” and later expounded on the point in a late night interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

"I make music as good as possible, but I do reference cultural icons, because I want my music to be a time capsule of 2007.  You throw everything in, you know, the Kate Moss reference to the Lil Wayne verse to a T-Pain feature, everything is like, 'This is what’s happenin’ in 2007.'  I want my album to be that one – if you’re making a time capsule you have to throw my album in there."