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Graduation received universal acclaim from critics, and earned West several accolades, including his third Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

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West has stated that growing up, he would listen to hip-hop music at home or in his car, but when he felt like dancing, he would attend a house club.

While he rarely listened to house at home, he still felt it was an important part of his culture and background.

The album's cover artwork was designed by Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.

Inspired by indie rock bands and house music, Graduation marked a departure away from the ornate, soul-based sound of West's first two albums The College Dropout (2004) and Late Registration (2005) toward a more anthemic style of hip hop that would function well when performing in large arenas.

After spending the previous year touring the world with Irish rock band U2 on their Vertigo Tour, West became inspired by watching Bono open the stadium tours every night to incredible ovations and sought out to compose anthemic rap songs that could operate more efficiently in large stadiums and arenas.

In West's attempt to accomplish this "stadium-status" endeavor, West incorporated layered electronic synthesizers into his hip-hop production, which also finds him utilizing slower tempos, being influenced by the music of the 1980s, and experimenting with electronic music.Drake mentioned Pusha’s fiancée Virginia Williams on his “Duppy Freestyle” diss, which...Read More Nicki Minaj, Migos, and Janelle Monáe will all take the stage at the BET Awards 2018. The Ctrl songstress returned to the stage on Tuesday night (May 29) during the New York stop on TDE’s “Championship Tour.” Following her performance at Madison Square Garden,... Mac Miller is back with his first new music since 2016’s The Divine Feminine.Graduation is the third installment of Kanye West's planned tetralogy of education-themed studio albums, which West subsequently later deviated from due to the events surrounding the conception of his fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak.The album demonstrates yet another distinctive progression in West's musical style and approach to production.Be sure to remember the email address and password you select to manage your account so you'll be able to easily log in to our online services and products.