Earlier this month, after much consideration, EW named Kanye West’s 2004 debut The College Dropout the best album of the decade. West took a break last night from posting cool architecture photos and music videos on his official blog to respond to the honor with a gracious all-caps acceptance speech.
“Wow…this is really flattering…I’ve had some ups and downs this year, well actually this decade,” the rapper writes. “Thank you for this acknowledgment and also for putting The Blueprint on the list.” (West handled much of the production for Jay-Z’s 2001 classic, which placed at No. 2 on EW’s decade ranking.) He goes on to shout out a couple of his own favorite discs of the decade, 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and Andre 3000’s half of OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below: “They both equally deserved the number one spot in my eyes but there can only be one number one!!!”
Indeed. You’re very welcome, Kanye.
Read Kanye West’s full Best of the Decade response after the jump.
“WOW… THIS IS REALLY FLATTERING… I’VE HAD SOME UPS AND DOWNS THIS YEAR, WELL ACTUALLY THIS DECADE. JUST SEEING THIS COVER TAKES ME BACK TO THAT TIME OF MY LIFE. I REMEMBER HOW MUCH PAIN AND LOVE WENT INTO THIS ALBUM. NO ONE SAW IT COMING. THIS PROJECT WASN’T ABOUT ME, IT WAS ABOUT A TIME IN PEOPLES LIVES WHERE PEOPLE FORCE OPINIONS ON YOU AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES FOR YOURSELF. WE LOVED 50 CENT BUT WE WANTED TO BE THE YANG. WE WANTED TO WEAR PINK POLOS AND RAP ABOUT BEING HURT INSTEAD BEING INVINCIBLE. THERE WAS A CORE GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON THIS ALBUM EVERYDAY…. PLAIN PAT, JOHN MONOPOLY, DON CRAWLEY, ANTHONY KILHOFFER, MANNY MARROQUIN, JOHN LEGEND, DEVON HARRIS, RYHMEFEST, GEE ROBERSON, HIP HOP, AL BRANCH, DAMON DASH, GABE TESORIERO, CRAIG BAUER, GLC, OL’ SCHOOL ICE GREE, CONSEQUENCE, B NICE AND MY MOM. I WAS MOST INSPIRED BY THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL AND I LISTENED TO THAT ALBUM EVERYDAY WHILE WORKING ON MY DEBUT. THANK YOU FOR THIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ALSO FOR PUTTING THE BLUEPRINT ON THE LIST ALSO. I LOVED THE LOVE BELOW AND GET RICH OR DIE TRYING ALSO. THEY BOTH EQUALLY DESERVED THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IN MY EYES BUT THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE NUMBER ONE!!!”
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