~ Release group by Kanye West


GraduationKanye WestCD15
  • JP2007-09-05
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICD-90404988005486547
GraduationKanye WestCD15
  • JP2007-09-05
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICD-61424988005486554
GraduationKanye WestEnhanced CD14
  • GB2007-09-10
Roc‐A‐Fella Records1745502602517455023
Graduation (clean version)Kanye WestCD13
  • US2007-09-11
Roc‐A‐Fella RecordsB0009542-02602517412200
Graduation (gatefold)Kanye WestCD13
  • US2007-09-11
Roc‐A‐Fella RecordsB0009541-02602517412200
Graduation (digipak)Kanye WestCD13
  • US2007-09-11
Roc‐A‐Fella RecordsB0009541-02602517412200
GraduationKanye WestEnhanced CD14
Roc‐A‐Fella Records17455020602517455023
GraduationKanye WestCD15
  • JP2008-03-26
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICD-61514988005512680
GraduationKanye WestCD15
  • JP2008-11-19
USM JAPAN (read the annotation before using!)UICY-911364988005536761
GraduationKanye WestCD15
  • JP2009-03-04
USM JAPAN (read the annotation before using!)UICY-600104988005541116
Graduation (clean)Kanye WestDigital Media14
Roc‐A‐Fella Records00602527574646
Graduation (explicit)Kanye WestDigital Media14
Roc‐A‐Fella Records602438808670
GraduationKanye WestSHM-CD15
  • JP2012-09-22
Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-203854988005723949
Graduation (explicit)Kanye WestDigital Media13
Roc‐A‐Fella Records00602577027888
Graduation (clean)Kanye WestDigital Media13
Roc‐A‐Fella Records00602577027857
GraduationKanye WestDigital Media15
  • XW2019-02-08
Roc‐A‐Fella Records602577027888


associated singles/EPs:Can't Tell Me Nothing
Flashing Lights
Good Life
Homecoming by Kanye West feat. Chris Martin
part of:Grammy Award: Best Rap Album nominees (number: 2008 winner) (order: 13)
Rolling Stone: 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: pub_2011-07-18 (number: 45) (order: 45)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 204) (order: 204)
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Wikidata:Q1129439 [info]

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To many outsiders, Kanye West's work may, on the surface still resemble the more generic bling and bragging of his contemporaries. Yet it's undeniable that he's introduced a distinctly more palatable sense of humour and self-effacement into an arena where those who shout the loudest get the spoils. But let's not get too carried away. Graduation, his first studio album since 2005's Late Registration, still name-checks the material rewards of being a modern R&B; superstar as well as having a fair slice of sweary booty action.

But this is hip hop as pure pop. Kanye's savvy enough (as he loves to remind us ad nauseum) to know that this music's place in mainstream culture has changed. Hence the 'new' threads and the unrelenting self-promotion. It also demands an approach that's easier on the ear. It's his skill as producer (see also his work with Common earlier this year) that really pushes him above the crowd. His judicious sampleology has just the right amount of guilty pleasures-style cheese to ironically make this sound as up-to-date as tonight's episode of East Enders. From Elton John to Steely Dan, he knows his history even if his flow really isn't as special as he probably thinks it is. Too often the sample rules the roost, as on the single "Stronger" where it's really only Daft Punk's gorgeous electronica that carries the song.

But that's the contradiction with West. He knows he's bragging, he knows that lyrically he's still mirroring the dream life of young America, but on a song like "Drunk And Hot Girls" it's always tempered with just enough irony and self-knowledge to make you grin. A little. But on the whole it's the easy wins of tune-heavy songs like "Flashing Lights" that stick in the mind after the album's over.

While Kanye West's reconstructed, (slightly more) politically correct shtick may not be the seismic shift that many fans and critics would love it to be, he does represent a significant move in the right direction, and for this we must continue to be grateful. Just don't tell him. His head's big enough as it is...