It's been ten years since Kanye West fully announced his arrival to the world.
There's an argument that hip hop hasn't been the same since. In terms of fame, scale and bravado Yeezy is difficult to top, a phenomenon which perhaps transcends the genre itself.
Debut album 'The College Dropout' reached its decade-long milestone yesterday (February 11th) and West commented via Twitter on the impact this has had on his own life.
"Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life’s work up to that point: The College Dropout. I say "finally" because it was a long road, a constant struggle, and a true labor of love to not only convince my peers and the public that I could be an artist, but to actually get that art out for the world to hear."
"I am extremely grateful to each and every person along that road who helped, lent an ear, lent their voice, gave of their heart to that project, and to all the projects that followed, and are to come. I am honored and humbled by my fans, for the unwavering support and love over the past ten years. I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of."
Concluding, West wrote: "Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door. The doors may be heavier, but I promise you WE WILL BREAK THEM."
Clash recently looked back on the cast which pieced 'The College Dropout' together - check out that article HERE.