Kanye West: 15 Best Lyrics From ‘The College Dropout’

Kanye West’s first studio album was ‘The College Dropout,’ which was released on February 10, 2004. Here are my 15 favorite lyrics from the album.

In 2004, Kanye West released his first studio album and burst onto the scene as one of the great up-and-coming artists. In fact, The College Dropout would go on to be his most successful album to date and sold 441,000 copies in the first week.

The debut album brought Kanye a lot of recognition from the hip hop world, with five singles achieving chart success in addition to the album debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. It has now totaled over 4 million copies worldwide, been named one of the greatest albums of all time and even earned him a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

Before we get into my favorite lyrics from the album, let’s quickly go over the track list, that way we know we remember what lyrics we are pulling from.

  1. Intro (Skit)
  2. We Don’t Care
  3. Graduation Day
  4. All Falls Down
  5. I’ll Fly Away
  6. Spaceship
  7. Jesus Walks
  8. Never Let Me Down
  9. Get Em High
  10. Workout Plan (Skit)
  11. The New Workout Plan
  12. Slow Jamz
  13. Breathe In Breathe Out
  14. School Spirit (Skit 1)
  15. School Spirit
  16. School Spirit (Skit 2)
  17. Lil Jimmy (Skit)
  18. Two Words
  19. Through the Wire
  20. Family Business
  21. Last Call

Alright let’s start the countdown to my 15 favorite lyrics from The College Dropout.

All Falls Down

Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack

And a white man get paid off of all of that

We’ll buy a lot of clothes when we don’t really need ’em

Things we buy to cover up what’s inside

We all self conscious I’m just the first to admit it


I’ve been workin’ this graveshift and I ain’t made shit

I wish I could buy me a spaceship and fly past the sky

Slow Jamz

She got a light skinned friend look like Michael Jackson

Got a dark skinned friend look like Michael Jackson

I’m a play this Vandross

You’re gonna take your pants off

I’m gonna play this Gladys Knight

Me and you’re gonna get right

School Spirit

Told ’em I finished school, and I started my own business

They say, ‘Oh you graduated?’

No, I decided I was finished

Chasin’ y’all dreams and what you’ve got planned

Through the Wire

I drink a Boost for breakfast, and Ensure for dessert

Somebody ordered pancakes I just sip the sizzurp

That right there could drive a sane man bizzerk

Not to worry y’all Mr. H 2 the Izzo’s back to wizzerk

My dawgs couldn’t tell if I

I look Tom Cruise on Vanilla Sky, it was televised

All they heard was that I was in an accident like GEICO

They thought I was burnt up like Pepsi did Michael

Last Call

Ain’t nobody expect Kanye to end up on topgh

They expected that College Dropout to drop and then flop

Then maybe he stop savin’ all the good beats for himself

Roc-A-Fella’s only niggaz that help

My money was thinner than Sean Paul’s goatee hair

Now Jean Paul Gaultier cologne fill the air, here

And I was almost famous, now everybody loves Kanye

I’m almost Raymond

The New Workout Plan

Give head, stop breathe, get up, check your weave

Don’t drop the blunt and disrespect the weed

Pick up your son and don’t disrespect your seed.

Jesus Walks

They said you can rap about anything except for Jesus

That means guns, sex, lies, video tape

But if I talk about God my record won’t get played


I’m just trying to say the way school need teachers

The way Kathie Lee needed Regis that’s the way I need Jesus

Saying “We eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast”

Huh? Y’all eat pieces of shit? What’s the basis?

What was your favorite lyric from Kanye West’s College Dropout album? Leave your thoughts below!