I have never been the biggest Kanye West fan, but ever since The Life of Pablo dropped I have been curious as to the content of his other albums. I never bumped College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808s, or Yeezus. I have heard most of MBDTF and I loved Watch the Throne in high school, but that’s it. So with that, I decided to listen to all of his albums, in chronological order, and figure out what I thought of them.

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The College Dropout (2004)

Best Tracks: We Don’t Care, All Falls Down, Jesus Walks, Get Em High, The New Workout Plan, Slow Jamz, Last Call

Absolute Best: Family Business

Worst Tracks: Spaceship, Breathe in Breathe Out, School Spirit

Absolute Worst: Never Let Me Down

Overall—8/10

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Late Registration (2005)

Best Tracks: Touch the Sky, Gold Digger, Roses, Addiction, Hey Mama, Gone

Absolute Best: Diamonds from Sierra Leone

Worst Tracks: Drive Slow, Crack Music, Late

Absolute Worst: Bring Me Down

Overall—7/10

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Graduation (2007)

Best Tracks: Good Life, Can’t Tell Me Nothing, Flashing Lights

Absolute Best: Stronger

Worst Tracks: Champion, I Wonder, Drunk and Hot Girls, Everything I Am, The Glory, Big Brother

Absolute Worst: Homecoming

Overall—5/10

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808s & Heartbreak (2008)

Best Tracks: Heartless, Pinocchio Story (Freestyle Live From Singapore)

Absolute Best: Coldest Winter

Worst Tracks: Say You Will, Welcome to Heartbreak, Amazing, Paranoid, See You In My Nightmares

Absolute Worst: Robocop

Overall—3/10

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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

Best Tracks: Dark Fantasy, Power, All of the Lights, Runaway, Hell of a Life, Blame Game, Lost in the World

Absolute Best: Monster

Worst Tracks: So Appalled

Absolute Worst: Devil In A New Dress

Overall—9/10

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Watch the Throne (2011)

Best Tracks: No Church in the Wild, Ni**as in Paris, Otis, Gotta Have It, Who Gon Stop Me, Made in America, H·A·M, The Joy

Absolute Best: Murder to Excellence

Worst Tracks: That’s My Bitch, Welcome to the Jungle, Primetime

Absolute Worst: New Day

Overall—8/10

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Cruel Summer (2012)

Best Tracks: Clique, Mercy, New God Flow, Cold, Don’t Like

Absolute Best: Higher

Worst Tracks: Sin City, Creepers, Bliss

Absolute Worst: The One

Overall—6/10

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Yeezus (2013)

Best Tracks: Black Skinhead, I’m In It, Blood On The Leaves, Bound 2

Absolute Best: New Slaves

Worst Tracks: Hold My Liquor, Guilt Trip

Absolute Worst: I Am A God

Overall—7/10

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The Life of Pablo (2016)

Best Tracks: Ultralight Beam, Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Famous, I Love Kanye, FML, Real Friends, Wolves (+Frank’s Track), No Parties In LA, Facts (Charlie Heat Version), Saint Pablo

Absolute Best: Waves

Worst Tracks: Low Lights, Fade

Absolute Worst: 30 Hours

Overall—9/10

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The Definitive Ranking

  1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy—9/10
  2. The Life of Pablo—9/10
  3. The College Dropout—8/10
  4. Watch The Throne—8/10
  5. Late Registration—7/10
  6. Yeezus—7/10
  7. Cruel Summer—6/10
  8. Graduation—5/10
  9. 808s and Heartbreak—3/10

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What are your favorite Kanye albums? What artist should I review next? LMK.