Kanye West is ‘humbled’ by fans as his debut turns ten
Written by admin on 12th February 2014
Kanye West has thanked fans for “unwavering support and love” over the past decade.
His Twitter comments came as his debut album, The College Dropout, turned ten.
The rapper added: “I am extremely grateful to each and every person along that road who helped, lent an ear, lent their voice, gave of their heart to that project.”
He described the album, which came out on 10 February 2004, as “a true labour of love.”
Talking about the album West, 36, added that it took a lot of time to “not only convince my peers and the public that I could be an artist, but to actually get that art out for the world to hear”.
The College Dropout went to number 12 in the UK album chart and produced four top ten singles including Jesus Walks and All Falls Down.
“I am honoured and humbled by my fans, for the unwavering support and love over the past ten years,” he added.
“I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of.” West’s most recent album Yeezus, which is the rapper’s sixth studio album, went to number one when it was released in June last year.
In 2011 he released a collaboration album with Jay Z called Watch The Throne.
All six of his solo albums have made the top 20 in the UK.
His Twitter comments closed with: “Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door.
“The doors may be heavier, but I promise you we will break them.”
In September, Kanye West said he has experienced “glass ceilings” as a black musician, fashion designer and businessman.
He credited Michael Jackson with breaking down barriers for black artists in the music industry. “I would not be Kanye West if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson. He had to fight to get his video played because he was black,” said the 36-year-old.
“For me and my life and creativity, it’s been challenging,” he added.
Kanye West is currently on a North American tour and is set to play at Wireless Festival in July.
(Source: BBC News)