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1. Graduation
"Tell me what it takes to be number one," the hook begs on "Champion." Well, just ask Mr. West. Honestly, Ye's latest solo album may be his most complete effort bar for bar. But this is also the album that made him hip-hop's leading man.

Think about it, 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, a synthed out banger that didn't need radio success to set it off in the club ("Flashing Lights"), and oh yeah, it even outsold 50 Cent when the Queens titan went head to head with Ye in a much-hyped release day battle. To put it plainly, Graduation made Kanye king. No cap and tassel needed. He took the crown.
http://www.complex.com/music/2012/04/the-100-best-albums-of-the-complex-era/kanye-west-graduation

7.My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
If Kanye West's fifth solo album (and fourth consecutive number-one debut) felt even more painfully, soul-baringly honest than the rest of his oeuvre, consider the circumstances of its creation. Following West's meltdown at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and the ensuing media shitstorm, he went into self-imposed exile, and even toyed with the idea of abandoning the music business altogether.

Instead, he took some time to regroup and then camped out in Hawaii with a group of trusted collaborators including Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Q-Tip, and RZA, as well as a good friend or two.

It's hard to imagine a record as emotionally raw as "Runaway" being birthed any other way. While "Monster" and "All of The Lights" dominated radio airwaves, the album's beating heart lay in trangressive tracks like "Hell Of A Life" and the breathtaking "Devil In A New Dress" featuring Rick Ross. MBDTF is all about the struggle for one man's eternal soul, the eternal tussle between spirit and flesh. Call it the last temptation of Ye.
http://www.complex.com/music/2012/04/the-100-best-albums-of-the-complex-era/kanye-west-my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy

13. Watch The Throne
"Black excellence, opulence, decadence," raps Jay-Z on "Murder to Excellence," waiting a full 10 tracks to deliver the album's mission statement. Though, if you couldn't figure out what Watch the Throne was about after peeping the Givenchy-inspired gold-plated album cover, or listening to the infectious, new-age bounce of "Ni**as in Paris", maybe it wasn't meant for you to understand.

A partnership between rap music's two biggest attractions, The Throne is an examination of of life from a height no other rappers have ever managed to ascend to-a whiff of that rarified air that's only sniffed by the likes of Oprah, Will Smith, and a whole lot of non-black people.

Though Jay and Ye have worked together for a decade, this is their tightest collaboration yet. Hov is in rare form, rapping better than he has since threatening to retire, and 'Ye mans the boards and rips the mic with equal aplomb. The result is a frantic project that pushes the boundaries of rap music to its most trumped-up limits.

Yet, beneath all the flossing, there's a heart. Songs like "New Day" and "Welcome to America" find Jay-Z as open as we've ever seen him; and on "Murder to Excellence," Kanye takes a moment from the jet set pimping to speak on the harrowing realities of Chi-City. This album was a gift, one we may never get again, so as Ye suggests, "Let's savor this moment."
http://www.complex.com/music/2012/04/the-100-best-albums-of-the-complex-era/jay-z-kanye-west-watch-the-throne

21. The College Dropout
Where would modern rap be without The College Dropout? At a time when super hero rap was the hot ticket, here came a kid from Chicago rocking pink Polo shirts with popped collars who was rapping about how bad he felt for all the clothes he bought. Behind those rhymes weren't slick keyboard synths, but warm, lovingly chopped soul samples that played like a mix between the RZA and Diddy's Hitmen crew.

From "Through the Wire" to "Slow Jams" to "All Falls Down", Kanye was able to bring the best of the underground to the forefront and infuse it with pop sensibilities. The reverberations of the album could be heard all through the genre, from the more self-effacing lyrics to the re-emergence of soul beats. Ask any rapper under 30 and they'll tell you that they studied The College Dropout.
http://www.complex.com/music/2012/04/the-100-best-albums-of-the-complex-era/kanye-west-the-college-dropout

38. 808's & Heartbreak
808s & Heartbreak was a therapy session recorded on wax. Kanye's mother Donda West had recently passed away, he was dealing with a broken engagement to longtime girlfriend Alexis Phifer, all the while continuing his upwards ascent to mega-stardom.

This combination of abandonment, grief, and an extreme lifestyle allowed us to witness Kanye at his most fragile. The album saw Kanye singing more than ever before and exposing himself emotionally in a way that hip-hop had never seen.

It may have been controversial at the time, but this album is undoubtedly one of the most influential records of the past 10 years-and continues to serve as a guidepost for some of today's biggest hip-hop acts. Thanks to 808s, rappers now have the freedom to make melodies and to be more vulnerable than ever before. All that pain yielded some beautiful music.
http://www.complex.com/music/2012/04/the-100-best-albums-of-the-complex-era/kanye-west-808s-and-heartbreak

93. Late Registration
What is there left to say about Kanye West's sophomore effort? Late Registration has earned numerous accolades-from hit singles ("Gold Digger," "Diamonds") to a Grammy Award (Best Rap Album). This was the disc that carved out Kanye's place beyond the alternative "backpacker" audience, placing him firmly in hip-hop's mainstream.

Nobody could call him a producer who was trying to rap anymore. Late Registration established him as a real MC with better rhymes, stronger hooks, and a more focused yet grandiose vision than anybody else in his lane. Ye might not have been on the throne quite yet, but he was certainly on his way.
http://www.complex.com/music/2012/04/the-100-best-albums-of-the-complex-era/kanye-west-late-registration
 

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It's about time Watch the Throne gets the proper respect it deserves. Graduation at #1 makes sense because it combined the conscious and mainstream better than most albums.
 

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finally Graduation is getting the credit it deserves...maybe it wasn't his best album overall, but no one can deny that Kanye was on TOP of the Hip Hop game that era, he had the Hit singles, catchy songs with dope beats, sales, accolades, buzz, a mixtape out, creative videos, one of the biggest tours of his career, fashion trends, etc...It's no coincidence he was crowned the HOTTEST MC in the game after Graduation dropped :stronger:
 

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RealRager said:
GFID ain't out yet doe so I'm letting it pass :tash:
if GFID aint top 10-5 and Take Care is 14 i dont know what to say tbh :dno: i mean how can take care can be close to Hell Hath No Fury :mindfk:
 

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B-ri said:
finally Graduation is getting the respect it deserves...maybe it wasn't his best album overall, but no one can deny that Kanye was on TOP of the Hip Hop game that era, he had the Hit singles, catchy songs with dope beats, sales, accolades, buzz, a mixtape out, creative videos, one of the biggest tours of his career, fashion trends, etc...It's no coincidence he was crowned the HOTTEST MC in the game after Graduation dropped :stronger:
 
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