13 years ago today, a treasure chest of samples was released to the public.
If you haven't scoured WhoSampled for every song Kanye West has ever sampled in his entire career, I'm not sure we can be friends. Fortunately, it's never too late to start. On this fine Friday, the 13th anniversary of the release of Ye's untouchable debut The College Dropout, we decided to lay out for you an introduction into the LP's notable samples.
Hip-hop samples can introduce young listener's to artists and genres they otherwise never would have heard about, and create new fans for artists as disparate as Chaka Khan and Michael Bolton. And when an elder asks how they discovered such old tunes, they can snarkily respond, "Yeezy taught me."
Flip through the gallery above to get on that level.
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