Through the Wire Introduction
So what did it take for Kanye West to get his chance? It took a brush with death, a smashed face, and a legendary single recorded – with his jaw still wired shut and his voice still badly slurred – just weeks after major reconstructive surgery. That single was "Through the Wire." Kanye West's rise to the stop started right here.
About the Song
|Artist||Kanye West||Musician(s)||Kanye West (production), Chaka Khan (vocal sample)|
|Album||The College Dropout|
|Label||Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def Jam|
|Writer(s)||Kanye West, David Foster, Tom Keane, Cynthia Well|
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On the Charts"Through The Wire" peaked at #15 on the US Billboard Top 100 in early 2004. It spent 21 weeks on the chart. It did even better on the R&B and Rap charts, peaking at #8 and #4, respectively.
"Through The Wire" also reached #9 in the UK, and appeared on pop charts in New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, and Ireland.
The College Dropout, the 2004 album for which "Through The Wire" was the lead single, debuted at #2 on the Billboard albums chart and ultimately sold more than 3 million copies in the United States and another million more worldwide.
The College Dropout was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2005 Grammy Awards, but lost out to Ray Charles's last album, Genius Loves Company. Kanye West did win the Grammy for Best Rap Album, however. "Through The Wire" was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance, but Jay-Z took that award for "99 Problems."
Rolling Stone magazine named The College Dropout the best album of 2004. Time magazine named it one of the 100 best albums of all time.