Universal/Island Def Jam
Release date
11 Sep 2007
Running length
13 tracks
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1 Good Morning (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:15 542
2 Champion (Album Version (Explicit)) 2:48 439
3 Stronger (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:10 2,716
4 I Wonder (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:04 419
5 Good Life (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:27 698
6 Can't Tell Me Nothing (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:32 848
7 Barry Bonds (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:24 253
8 Drunk and Hot Girls (album version (explicit)) 5:14 561
9 Flashing Lights (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:00 667
10 Everything I Am (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:48 599
11 The Glory (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:33 287
12 Homecoming (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:24 610
13 Big Brother (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:48 287

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Graduation is the third studio album by rapper Kanye West, released September 11, 2007 on Roc-A-Fella Records. The title of the album follows the college theme of Kanye West’s previous two studio albums, The College Dropout and Late Registration. The album artwork was designed by Takashi Murakami. Graduation won three Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album, thereby making West the only artist other than Eminem to win three Best Rap Album Grammys.

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  • GeeAl

    Full of quotables.

    1 May 7:42pm Reply
  • Kecksohn

    he wanted more mainstream appeal so he made this album. Good thing he used the success for 808, MBDTF and Yeezus.

    24 Apr 9:54am Reply
  • mahgeneration

    Calling this the best Kanye album is like calling Skyward Sword the best Zelda game, it's just wrong.

    3 Mar 1:36am Reply
  • MikelMeneses

    this or mbdtf are easily his best

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Jay-Z's performances are lazy and I could say the same for some of the production but the album, as a whole, is sequenced well and all the tracks are coupled together perfectly according to tone and theme. It follows the neat and tidy template of The Blueprint (and to a lesser extent The Black Album) in all but song quality... if all of the existing songs were simply improved (especially Dre's late album contributions) then Kingdom Come would be almost perfect. If it's an album of two halves, then both halves make sense. The second part of the album (minus the singles-in-waiting (Anything and Hollywood)) is clearly deliberately designed as a more sober contrast to the euphoria and nostalgia that a comeback brings and essentially details what Jay-Z got up to between 03-06. Trouble and Dig A Hole obviously pale in comparison to Renegade or Lucifer however...

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • atomiclust

    The songs on Graduation are more consistently strong than the ones on the first two albums. They have a more polished, widescreen epic feel. They're much more spacious than before, yet the album isn't overlong as its predecessors. It's simply the best of the three. Also, Kingdom Come isn't a well-put together album at all... That album is clearly an album of two halves, with each half lazily slapped together.

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Also, I'm not just looking as Graduation as an exceptional pop rap album. I see the nuances.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    I think we can all agree that Graduation is more thematically accomplished than its predecessors and a step forward for Kanye as far as organizing/sequencing goes - regardless as to whether or not the titles of his first two albums are to be taken as literally.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    "Raw" isn't necessarily disciplined. As a matter of fact, I think most people would tend to associate the word raw with something conspicuously UNDISCPLINED more often than not. I think the production on TCD and LR has a deliberately loose and unfinished feel - it fits well with the autobiographical prose and nostalgic undercurrent. The College Dropout and Late Registration quite simply have better songs than Graduation and there's a fantastic, almost dizzying, topical flair on display, despite the sprawl/spillover. I don't think Graduation is better than debut and sophomore by virtue of being less flawed/more focused. There's such a thing as a well put together album that falls a bit flat - Jay-Z's Kingdom Come for instance. Graduation is, however, a fantastic addition to his discography and is perhaps slightly underrated by some. As far as which albums are better than which, let's please just agree to disagree. All three albums have their strongpoints.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • xVTSWx

    There are some good tracks here, but the rest is... meh.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ChrisPauI

    MBDTF > College Dropout > Late Registration > Graduation

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Sir_LePaul

    I really loved this album. Still one of my faves from him. It shows his more eclectic side. Drunk & Hot Girls is still a flawless joint!

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Mr-West07

    i really enjoyed this album more than Late Registration. This is possibly my favorite album of his. [3]

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • vanillatape

    it is indeed a very ambitious record; however, it also has a sense of fulfillment that's very touching.

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • iamunapologetic

    1 milhão de ouvintes

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • tanyalovisa


    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • atomiclust

    What is "brilliantly ambitious?"

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • bronze_animals

    I can see why people love this but I can't help thinking it's his worst solo album, there are some great moments like I Wonder and Flashing Lights but I can't get into the mood of some of the others, anyway, having this brilliantly ambitious pop album as my least favourite out of the 6 is pretty impressive on his part

    27 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    I agree that Graduation is leaner because of less skits and stuff, but not more cohesive. They're all pretty cohesive in their own right I think.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • atomiclust

    This is not a retread by any means. It reins in all of the excess from the previous albums making for a much leaner, concise and focused presentation. Unlike The College Dropout and Late Registration, Graduation is COHESIVE, the production is absolutely top-notch. Ahead of its time even. No hip-hop album in 2007 sounded like this. The first two albums aren't raw as they are undisciplined.

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
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