Graduation is the third installment of Kanye West's planned tetralogy of education-themed studio albums, which West subsequently later deviated from due to the events surrounding the conception of his fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak.
The album demonstrates yet another distinctive progression in West's musical style and approach to production.
After spending the previous year touring the world with Irish rock band U2 on their Vertigo Tour, West became inspired by watching Bono open the stadium tours every night to incredible ovations and sought out to compose anthemic rap songs that could operate more efficiently in large stadiums and arenas.
Graduation is the third studio album by American rapper Kanye West.
It was released on September 11, 2007, through Roc-A-Fella Records.
West cites the rock bands The Killers, Keane, Modest Mouse, and indie-pop singer-songwriter Feist, whom he also looked towards for songwriting inspiration, for being among his favorite musicians and having considerably profound influence on the sound of Graduation.
Largely due to all this and the inclusion of the layered electronic synthesizers, West believed that his record took hip-hop in a different direction.
West has stated that growing up, he would listen to hip-hop music at home or in his car, but when he felt like dancing, he would attend a house club.
While he rarely listened to house at home, he still felt it was an important part of his culture and background.He would then make adjustments to the tracks based on feedback he received, repeating the process as many times as necessary.In comparison to previous albums, Graduation features fewer guest appearances from other recording artists.West made a conscious decision to abstain from the widespread recording practice of excessive rap albums saturated with skits and filler and instead comprised Graduation with significantly fewer tracks.The stylistic divergence and desire for a leaner, more economical studio album was a creative reaction that was brought on by the alternative rock and indie-rock that West had been listening to around the time of the recording of his third studio album.The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 957,000 copies in its first week.