Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

Graduation had it all-an experimental Daft Punk-sampling hit record with “Stronger,” “Can't Tell Me Nothing,” which still basically functions as Kanye's mission statement, and a synthed out banger that didn't need radio success to set it off in the club (“Flashing Lights”). To put it plainly, Graduation made Kanye king. No cap and tassel needed. He took the crown.