Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
Key Track: "We Major" f/ Nas & Really Doe

Remember when 'Ye was pigeon-holed as the "sped-up soul sample" guy? With his sophomore LP, he quickly put that to rest, crafting the most baroque hip-hop album of all time, with Jon Brion playing all the instruments Kanye didn't know how to play. He had finer efforts during the decade, but LR was the disc where Yeezy officially declared school to be in session. You must learn!

Kanye spent nearly $2 million recording Late Registration.