UPDATED 7/17/18: The album, thankfully, has now been added back to West's Apple Music catalog. Rest easy.
See original story from 7/16/18 below.
The College Dropout, Kanye West's classic 2004 debut album and the inspiration behind my decision to drop out of school, is no longer available for consumption via Apple Music or for purchase on iTunes.
This means Apple subscribers like myself no longer have streaming access to the 21-track opus, including those incredible skits. Def Jam initially appeared to have made the decision to pull the plug on the "Jesus Walks"-featuring album's availability, though it's unclear why. However, in a statement to Stereogum Monday morning, Def Jam blamed the disappearance on a "supply chain glitch" and confirmed they were working to reinstate the album for subscribers.
Complex has reached out to reps for Apple Music and Def Jam for additional clarity. At the time of this writing, the album was still available to stream via other services.
While we await answers, let's revisit the version of the "Jesus Walks" video that arguably should have been the only one:
Widely considered one of the best albums of all time, The College Dropout received a multitude of Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year alongside fellow classic 2004 entry American Idiot. Both Green Day and West ultimately lost the award, with Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company taking the honors. The College Dropout, meanwhile, did land that year's Best Rap Album award.
West's most recent solo album, the seven-track Ye, arrived last month to mixed reviews. While many have praised West's lyrical focus on mental health, the general consensus is that a deeper dive on that topic (and on the events leading up to the album's release) would have served the art well and could have made the release a classic on the level of The College Dropout or My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Next up for West is another seven-track project, this time as a producer on the new Chance the Rapper album.