How Kanye West’s ‘Graduation’ Changed Music | Genius News

  • Added:  9 days ago
  • 10 years ago today Kanye West released 'Graduation,' the final piece of the education-themed trilogy that established Kanye as an icon in music. The album outsold 50 Cent’s Curtis in its first week by nearly 300,000 units after a much-publicized sales race between them, moving Kanye to a new level both musically and culturally. Check out the Genius video above that dives deeper into the impact 'Graduation' had on music.

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  • Jesus Pimentel
    Jesus Pimentel 11 hours ago

    MBDTF best Kanye album

  • BTB Ninjah
    BTB Ninjah 13 hours ago

    For some reason I Wonder has a special place in my heart and I don't know why

  • Abraham Silva
    Abraham Silva 17 hours ago

    Y'all barely figuring this out???

  • G SC
    G SC Day ago

    Barry bonds is an unreal track. Both the destroyed it.

    MEMEBOY Day ago

    This album is my childhood on a CD. Nostalgia.

  • Joseph Drummond
    Joseph Drummond Day ago

    kanye sux

  • Julian M.
    Julian M. Day ago

    My all time favorite Kanye song is Homecoming that song means so much to me.

  • Dino Spumoni
    Dino Spumoni Day ago +1

    Because it proved Kanye was capable of making a shitty album?

  • Ian Burgess
    Ian Burgess Day ago

    heheh HOV!(Jay Z voice)

  • 0dd daK1D
    0dd daK1D Day ago

    Everything I Am

  • Nik Reiter
    Nik Reiter Day ago

    This NEEDS to have a part 2 after that ending.

  • antcarrjr
    antcarrjr Day ago

    One of the greatest albums of all time!

  • Kevin Sparrow
    Kevin Sparrow Day ago

    Eminem G.O.A.T.


    That Was the real Kanye before he got Kardashianize ! The album is a masterpiece !

  • E Maravillas
    E Maravillas Day ago

    This video didn't really do a good job in constructively describing how graduation changed music

  • We Love Hip Hop
    We Love Hip Hop 2 days ago

    Here's our interview with A-Trak!! I know you guys will take down this link But please watch it first. We do good work on the podcast.

  • Zecto Mask
    Zecto Mask 2 days ago

    Only true afro samurai fans will recognize the boy with bear head on the graduation cover

  • Michael Solomon
    Michael Solomon 2 days ago

    Great explication but not really sure if the title of this video is appropriate.

  • highvoltage47
    highvoltage47 2 days ago

    ... so how did he change music?

  • Xevics
    Xevics 2 days ago

    Still his best album period

  • Spectacular Yes Entertainment

    I know I'm in the minority, but Graduation has aged worse than any of his albums for me and feels like the most disposable/ shallow work he's done, even compared to Cruel Summer/ Watch the Throne. His team leaned too heavily into relatively generic synth sounds, his song structure was less surprising than ever, and that itch to make everything as stadium-friendly as possible caused him to sacrifice so much of the complicated content he still manages to stuff into his music. It's just an opinion, but something about this record leaves me feeling empty, unlikely just about everything else he's released.

  • Aubry
    Aubry 2 days ago fuck wit me

  • fadedOTAKU
    fadedOTAKU 2 days ago

    Good Life is a fucking classic.

  • Jacob Stilin

    he doesn't explain how the album changed music. it was just a bunch of information about kanye

    SAD SURF 2 days ago

    Before I even watch this, whatever they saying he did, he did that shit

  • Vro
    Vro 2 days ago

    Why this nigga look like a bald caleon fox

  • ZXQaos
    ZXQaos 2 days ago

    Yeah, but you guys didn't explain how it changed music. I'm not saying it did, but all this vid does is discuss and contextualise the album in Ye's discography and career, which is cool, but off topic.

  • Xanderpie
    Xanderpie 2 days ago +1

    Greatest of all time

  • justmejr315
    justmejr315 2 days ago

    I actually bought that album when it came out.
    I wouldn't buy his new stuff though, despite Vox's analysis on his new sound.

  • Aaliyah Cain
    Aaliyah Cain 2 days ago

    I will always love the Good Morning video 💯🙌🏽

  • in3 smi
    in3 smi 2 days ago

    Still wondering why title says Graduation changed music? No mention of this in the video.

  • HipnikDragomir
    HipnikDragomir 3 days ago

    He had never heard of Daft Punk before that?

  • eazi cash
    eazi cash 3 days ago

    A great album, i usally don't listen to all the music on one album, but this one had too many tracks that to me was fire, had to listen to the whole thing.

  • Abin Joes
    Abin Joes 3 days ago +1

    trying to low key hint that Kanye dropped off after graduation, i see you Genius

    MBDTF and yeezus kill

  • Saqib Munir
    Saqib Munir 3 days ago +2

    07 Kanye is fresher then me in 2017

  • Cam'sJungleAquaria
    Cam'sJungleAquaria 3 days ago

    One of the most complete hip hop albums of all time. Not like today where there's one hit single and the rest is trash.

  • Mo P
    Mo P 3 days ago

    His 1st 3 albums were fuckin amazing! The nigga snapped. One of my favorite rappers

  • syd16packchicken
    syd16packchicken 3 days ago +3

    The end of the vid got me sad. Rest in paradise donda. Thanks for making the greatest man to touch this earth yet.

  • Damian Findlay
    Damian Findlay 3 days ago +1

    the thing about graduation is, its just the start, he goes on to make MBDTF, TCDO and Yeezus. alll mad albums

  • Isaac Reichner
    Isaac Reichner 3 days ago +1

    How about "How Every Single Kanye Album Changed Music"

  • Dave Buikema
    Dave Buikema 3 days ago

    The old Kanye can't come to the phone right now

  • Meraki Soul Beats
    Meraki Soul Beats 3 days ago

    All these salty comments. You try make music LOL

  • Knowitallcentral
    Knowitallcentral 3 days ago

    Kanye>Jay Z

  • klockWorkz92
    klockWorkz92 3 days ago +2

    2007 was an important yr in music period

  • Destined Star
    Destined Star 4 days ago

    I love the tone of my first album when 36 chambers debut talking about real issues and street morals and how Graduation was another way of expressing self worth and things we observed or experienced in life with people

  • Bruce Wayne
    Bruce Wayne 4 days ago

    Who's waiting for his new shit to drop.

  • Jordan Walker
    Jordan Walker 4 days ago +1

    Homecoming will forever be my favorite Ye track. Graduation is my favorite Ye album and I personally think it's his best

  • Bendigo Way
    Bendigo Way 4 days ago

    why did they show drunken hot girls its kanyes worst song

  • yin yang
    yin yang 4 days ago


  • LnnT
    LnnT 4 days ago

    through the whole video you haven't talked about the best song of the album (IMO) Everything i am.

  • Michael Bidek
    Michael Bidek 4 days ago

    Best channel on YouTube

  • Justina Lynn
    Justina Lynn 4 days ago

    Good Life is one of the best, most positive songs ever

  • Nora Trueworthy Markham

    My favorite Kanye album

  • mofomanx10
    mofomanx10 4 days ago

    Damn, this whole video and no mention of Jesus Walks. Just shows how many tracks were really on this monster.

  • Zachary Caldwell
    Zachary Caldwell 4 days ago +1

    still can't believe its 10 years old though!! I'M SO FUCKING OLD!!!!

  • Pacman
    Pacman 4 days ago

    Flashing Lights is one of my favorites of all time

  • Zay Fernandez
    Zay Fernandez 4 days ago

    Graduation, College Dropout, etc. Are classic n dope albums.

  • Jther07
    Jther07 4 days ago

    Best album ever! Changed my life, changed music!

  • George A Siggins
    George A Siggins 4 days ago

    Big brother was actually a dig at Jay after he didn't invite him too his show. Kayne had too supply his own tickets.

  • TheMLC35
    TheMLC35 4 days ago

    You did'nt explained how it changed music, just how it changed kanye's career.

  • Rose .B
    Rose .B 4 days ago

    Big Brother used to make me cry 😭 I miss this era so fucking much, I know Kanye has it in him to make something like Graduation again, MBDTF is considered his best work sonically but Graduation will always be my personal favourite

  • joe f
    joe f 4 days ago

    College dropout was his best album

  • Chidiebere Nwaekpe
    Chidiebere Nwaekpe 4 days ago

    Is it weird that I actually don’t like this album that much lol. Don’t get me wrong, I love his music but I prefer college dropout

  • Desiparth
    Desiparth 4 days ago

    I dont care what any of you say, but life of pablo was still fucking beautiful! and still goes up there with graduation.

  • Enver Hoxha
    Enver Hoxha 4 days ago

    why he so cute

  • Ex-plic
    Ex-plic 4 days ago +1

    Kanye west changed fucking everything about hip hop

  • Stephan Debarros
    Stephan Debarros 4 days ago

    Good Morning is definitely my favorite track on Graduation.

  • Adrian Bennett
    Adrian Bennett 4 days ago

    4:47 Look at Jay's shirt? Gambino inspiration?

  • Brandon La Flame
    Brandon La Flame 4 days ago

    I was bumping this album just yesterday, now upload this vid lmao goals

  • Life of a Filmmaker
    Life of a Filmmaker 4 days ago

    Best Kanye album imo and the second best hip hop album in history

  • Ash
    Ash 5 days ago

    Didn't like this album as much as the first two.

  • Blake Wurtzler
    Blake Wurtzler 5 days ago

    Didn't really say anything about how this record changed music

  • Roberto Carlos
    Roberto Carlos 5 days ago

    Kanye West is most definitely the greatest hip hop ARTIST. He has his great lyrical moments, he's not vocally amazing, he doesn't dance, but man, the man has so much musical depth and unlimited creativity. Best hip hop artist IMO.

  • Ívar Einarsson
    Ívar Einarsson 5 days ago

    man this guy sucks

  • TeezoSoFunny YT
    TeezoSoFunny YT 5 days ago

    Drunk and Hot Girls 🤤

  • Blake Mericle
    Blake Mericle 5 days ago

    Noisy and complex just be saying anything and be trynna make it make sense 😒

  • jfraz1992
    jfraz1992 5 days ago

    Fucking classic

  • gotchafool
    gotchafool 5 days ago

    Graduation was my favorite album before you new yeezy wearing bitchass niggas

  • marge
    marge 5 days ago


  • D Rezzz
    D Rezzz 5 days ago

    who is the narrator? he is soooooo fine

  • Taahir Matthews
    Taahir Matthews 5 days ago

    Anyone slightly perturbed by the 'blocky' m's n's and u's ?

  • David f
    David f 5 days ago

    Kanye was the first guy to show me that you didn't need to be a gangsta rapper to become the King of Hip Hop.

  • J23ay !
    J23ay ! 5 days ago

    Love this album

  • Mellocitii Music
    Mellocitii Music 5 days ago

    This fucking masterpiece ❤️ , Flashing Lights 🔥

  • Alex Gaming
    Alex Gaming 5 days ago +1

    0:17 musically is death 💀☠🔫

  • El Cheapo
    El Cheapo 5 days ago

    No lie. Music has never been the same since this album.

  • kingkckc
    kingkckc 5 days ago

    coincidence everyday struggle just had a kayne discussion about this exact topic not to long ago?

    MALIBU 5 days ago

    its sad cuz Now he can't top any of his older albums

  • Bap Pedro
    Bap Pedro 5 days ago

    Kanye is one of the best Rapper of all time...for Real!

  • Ethel Esparza
    Ethel Esparza 5 days ago

    a lot of graduation songs make me tear up (i'm gay)

  • DeadHead 101
    DeadHead 101 5 days ago +1

    Gangsta rap took a Major hit when Graduation dropped and never recovered damn Kanye really changed the culture

  • Myia Jones
    Myia Jones 5 days ago

    His best album !!! So much love for him

  • Angel Arciga
    Angel Arciga 5 days ago

    that was dope.

  • lam
    lam 5 days ago

    "...but on graduation he dived into more electronic depths" *plays drunk and hot girls* sampling Can now thats very electronic. who edits these LOL

  • James Mujica
    James Mujica 5 days ago

  • Allen Daniel
    Allen Daniel 5 days ago

    Kanye West best album by far

  • Eternal rewind2
    Eternal rewind2 5 days ago

    Yeah changed for the worst.. thank God for Future and 808 mafia

  • Emmanuel Díaz
    Emmanuel Díaz 5 days ago

    I love kanye's music but Watch the Throne was so mediocre.

  • Marv Barr
    Marv Barr 5 days ago


  • Cullen Seludo
    Cullen Seludo 5 days ago

    My favorite Kanye album of all time💯💯