Albums That Probably Wouldn't Exist Without The College Dropout

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  • J. Cole, Cole World: The Sideline Story, Kanye West, The College Dropout
  • Big Sean, The College Dropout, Finally Famous, Kanye West
  • Lupe Fiasco, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, Kanye West, The College Dropout
  • Rhymefest, Blue Collar, Kanye West, The College Dropout
  • Consequence, Don't Quit Your Day Job!, Kanye West, The College Dropout, A Tribe Called Quest
  • Common, Be, Kanye West, The College Dropout
  • Kanye West, The College Dropout, Childish Gambino, Camp
  • Jay Z, Kanye West, Watch the Throne, The College Dropout
  • Kanye West, The College Dropout
  • Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Kanye West, The College Dropout
  • Drake, Thank Me Later, Kanye West, The College Dropout

Lupe Fiasco, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor

After some success in the 1990s, Chicago hadn’t had an artist blow in some time — until Kanye and The College Dropout. Not only did that open the door for other artists from the Chi, like Lupe Fiasco, but also many of the socio-political themes that permeate Yeezy’s debut warmed the public and labels for ideas Lupe would soon build upon. 

(Photo: Atlantic Records)

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