13 Best Lines From Kanye West’s Classic Debut Album ‘The College Dropout’

On this day exactly 13 years ago, a young producer/rapper by the name of Kanye West released his debut studio album, ‘The College Dropout.” This album would go on to receive critical acclaim from music critics alike and has been named as one of the greatest albums of all time by both Rolling Stone magazine and Time. As we look back on this historic moment in hip hop, we’ve gathered the thirteen best lines from this masterpiece in honor of the 13th anniversary of this classic album.

13. Drug dealer buy Jordan, crackhead buy crack

And the white man get paid off of all of that

“All Falls Down”


12. What’cha gon’ buy next? Whatever new trend it is

I’m tryin’ to spend my stacks

And I’m so broke I look back like “Damn, was I on crack?”

I mean twelve platinum chains, was I on that?

“Breathe In Breathe Out”


11. Crack my head on the steering wheel and I ain’t even dead

If I could go through all that and still be breathing

Bitch bend over, I’m here for a reason

“School Spirit”


10. I woke up early this morning with a new state of mind

A creative way to rhyme without using knives and guns

Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to God

And keep your face to the risin’ sun

“Family Business”


9. “Oh my god, is that a black card?”

I turned around and replied, “Why yes

But I prefer the term African American Express”

“Last Call”


8. But as a shorty I looked up to the dopeman

Only adult man I knew that wasn’t broke, man

“We Don’t Care”


7. She’s so precious with the peer pressure

Couldn’t afford a car, so she named her daughter Alexis

“All Falls Down”


6. Y’all don’t know my struggle

Y’all can’t match my hustle

You can’t catch my hustle

You can’t fathom my love dude

Lock yourself in a room doing 5 beats a day for 3 summers

That’s a Different World like Cree Summer’s

I deserve to do these numbers



5. I’m just tryna say the way school need teachers

The way Kathie Lee needed Regis, that’s the way I need Jesus

“Jesus Walks”


4. I get down for my grandfather who took my mama

Made her sit in that seat where white folks ain’t want us to eat

At the tender age of 6 she was arrested for the sit-ins

And with that in my blood I was born to be different

“Never Let Me Down”


3. It’s a party tonight and ooh she’s so excited

Tell me who’s invited: you, your friends and my dick

“The New Workout Plan”


2. How do you console my mom or give her light support

Telling her her son’s on life support?

And just imagine how my girl feel

On the plane, scared as hell that her guy look like Emmett Till

“Through the Wire”


1. Mayonnaise-colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips

“Last Call”

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