Album: The College Dropout
Producer: Kanye West, Evidence, Porse
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
“I would like to propose a toast. I said toast motherfucker!” Is how Kanye closed out his debut album, 2004’s The College Dropout. It took 26 years, but Kanye accomplished his dream of dropping a solo album distributed by a major label. It was a time for celebration.
Many believe a rapper's first album is their best, seeing as they’ve had their entire lives up until that point to prepare for it. Needless to say, Kanye had a lot to get off his chest—so much that “Last Call” became an almost-nine-minute rant sharing a detailed timeline of his career.
Complete with ad-libs from the likes of No ID, Jay-Z and Dame Dash, Kanye outlined the process of reaching his lifelong goal, including taking the train to place his first Jay beat, losing his flagship artist (you know him as Mikkey Halsted), making the move to the East Coast, and finally landing with the Roc. This song should go down in the history books as the most honest and motivating album outro in the history of hip-hop. Raise your glass for this one.