Graduation (album)

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Graduation
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2007 (2007-09-11)
Recorded2005–07
Studio
GenreHip hop
Length51:12
LabelRoc-A-Fella, Def Jam
ProducerKanye West (exec.), Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua (exec.) Jon Brion, Warryn Campbell, Mike Dean, DJ Toomp, Eric Hudson, Brian Miller, Nottz, Patrick Reynolds, Gee Robertson
Kanye West chronology
'Can't Tell Me Nothing
(2007)
Graduation '808s & Heartbreak
(2008)
Singles from Graduation
  1. "Can't Tell Me Nothing"
    Released: May 15, 2007
  2. "Stronger"
    Released: July 31, 2007
  3. "Good Life"
    Released: October 2, 2007
  4. "Flashing Lights"
    Released: November 12, 2007
  5. "Homecoming"
    Released: February 18, 2008

Graduation is the third studio album by American hip hop recording artist and producer Kanye West. It was released on September 11, 2007 on Roc-A-Fella Records. It is also West' last album to be influenced by a college theme in both the albums title and artwork.

Critical reception[change | change source]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB+[3]
Robert ChristgauA−[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[6]
NME6/10[7]
Pitchfork Media8.7/10[8]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[10]
Spin8/10[11]

Graduation received general acclaim from music critics.[12]

Track listing[change | change source]

No. TitleProducer(s) Length
1. "Good Morning"  Kanye West 3:15
2. "Champion"  Kanye West, Brian Miller 2:47
3. "Stronger"  Kanye West, Mike Dean* 5:11
4. "I Wonder"  Kanye West 4:03
5. "Good Life" (featuring T-Pain)Kanye West, DJ Toomp, Mike Dean** 3:27
6. "Can't Tell Me Nothing"  Kanye West, DJ Toomp 4:30
7. "Barry Bonds" (featuring Lil Wayne)Nottz, Kanye West* 3:24
8. "Drunk and Hot Girls" (featuring Mos Def)Kanye West, Jon Brion** 5:13
9. "Flashing Lights" (featuring Dwele)Kanye West, Eric Hudson 3:57
10. "Everything I Am" (featuring DJ Premier)Kanye West 3:47
11. "The Glory"  Kanye West, Gee Robertson*, Plain Pat* 3:32
12. "Homecoming"  Kanye West, Warryn Campbell 3:23
13. "Big Brother"  DJ Toomp 4:47

 • (*) designates co-producer
 • (**) designates additional production

Notes:[17]

Personnel[change | change source]

Credits adapted from liner notes.[17]

Charts[change | change source]

Certifications[change | change source]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[46] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[47] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[48] Platinum 20,000double-dagger
Ireland (IRMA)[49] Platinum 15,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[50] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[52] Gold 7,500^
Russia (NFPF)[54] Gold 10,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[55] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[57] Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[58] 2× Platinum 2,700,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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