Before he was the biggest name in hip-hop (and the best thing to happen to the genre since Outkast), Kanye was just a kid from Chi-Town whose production skills were legendary (one need only look at his contributions to The Blueprint to see that) but whose mic prowess was unknown. But Yeezy had a thing or two to teach the world, and I’m not sure if there’s ever been a better breakthrough album in hip-hop than The College Dropout. It’s not perfect. The front half is, but the second half is spotty at best. But, with that album, Kanye West would begin his journey that would ultimately change hip-hop forever. You may not like the man but his genre-blurring ambitions and refusal to just be another rapper has radically changed the hip-hop landscape this decade. “Spaceship” isn’t my favorite Kanye West song. That’s probably “Lost in the World” or “Runaway,” but this is the best song off his first record (possibly his first four records although I do love “Love Lockdown” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”). As someone who wiles away his day in retail hell, I can relate to a lot of this track (although obviously not the parts about being black). Enjoy.

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