Man, it’s crazy to think that Kanye West’s The College Dropout dropped 10 years ago today. It was also my first year living in Georgia, still getting acclimated to the ways of the South while trying to survive my junior of high school. It’s when I took more of a liking to words than numbers, though I had always been academically better at the latter.
And I was still discovering hip-hop. There was something about ‘Ye’s style that seemed relaxed, focused, and innovative that really grabbed my attention. My best friends and I spun this album over and over and over, during trips to football games, the mall, and each other’s houses. Even though “Slow Jamz” was all over the radio, I couldn’t get enough (THAT MICHAEL JACKSON LINE THO), and don’t even get me started on “Through the Wire” and “All Falls Down.” Yet after countless listens to this album, I still feel ALL THE FEELINGS when I hear the first few plunks of the piano on “Family Business.”
There’s something so familiar about the message in this song that makes me miss my family so much…even more for about those four minutes and change. So none of my family members have been locked up (fortunately), but we’ve had our shares of ups and downs. What I do love are the memories this song invokes… especially these lyrics that never fail to crack me up in a “We’ve all been there…” kind of moment.
"Act like you ain’t took a bath with your cousins
Fit 3 in the bed while 6 of y’all
I’m talkin’ ‘bout three by the head and three by the leg
But you ain’t have to tell my girl I used to pee in the bed.”
Ego aside, I still think Kanye’s contributions to the music world are still some of my favorite. If an artist’s work can entice me to give my mom and siblings an extra long hug when I see them again, I’m going to keep listening.