25 Best Rap Debuts of the 21st Century

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2. Kanye West, The College Dropout

Kanye's essential 2004 debut introduces the contradictory personalities and sensibilities that have continued to fuel his music today: both underdog and bully, both self-effacing and egotistical, righteous and raunchy, bling-bling and backpacker. Backed by his own incredible beats — some of the lushest and biggest hip hop had ever heard — Kanye carved a whole new lane for new-millennium rap with songs like "Through the Wire," "Jesus Walks" and "Never Let Me Down."


(Photo: Def Jam Records)

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