Release Date: August 30, 2005

Kanye’s sophomore album had a few false starts. First, it was slated for July 12. Then August 16. No reasons were given for the delay, aside from the idea that Kanye simply was not finished yet. Throughout the summer, footage of Kanye crafting Registration with the likes on John Mayer or reciting lyrics from it on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam lit up the Internet. When the lengthy Jon Brion-assisted project arrived, 'Ye successfully avoided the sophomore slump, and scored the biggest hit of his career in the process ("Gold Digger").