'The College Dropout' was four years in the making.
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14 Things You Didn't Know About Kanye West's 'The College Dropout'
2. 'The College Dropout' was four years in the making.
There's no specific date marking when the making of 'The College Dropout' began. According to John Monopoly, West's friend, manager and business partner at the time, the album "...[didn't have] a particular start date. He's been gathering beats for years. He was always producing with the intention of being a rapper. There's beats on the album he's been literally saving for himself for years." While some date back, others were recorded in a Los Angeles studio following his car accident.