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Kanye West’s “Graduation” Turns 16

Sixteen years have passed since the release of Kanye West’s third studio album, “Graduation,” and the world may have witnessed many changes in the life of this multi-talented artist. From marriages and divorces to controversies and comebacks, Kanye’s journey has been nothing short of eventful. Yet, one thing that remains unchanged is his carefree attitude, vividly showcased in the track “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.”


This track was handpicked to serve as a single previewing “Graduation.” Although it may have lived somewhat in the shadow of the album’s mega-hit “Stronger,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” has earned a well-deserved sleeper reputation. In it, we catch a glimpse of a younger Kanye, brimming with confidence in both his lyrical prowess and delivery. It’s no wonder he counts this song as one of his favorites in his extensive discography.

The opening lines set the tone: “I had a dream I could buy my way to Heaven / When I awoke, I spent that on a necklace.” It’s a reflection of Kanye’s unapologetic pursuit of success and the desire to manifest his dreams. Produced by Kanye himself and DJ Toomp, the track delves into the comments and criticisms that have come his way as he navigates the complexities of fame and fortune. While Kanye takes the lyrical spotlight, Jeezy’s adlibs add that extra layer of flair to this throwback hit.

“Can’t Tell Me Nothing” is a Graduation Standout

Can’t Tell Me Nothing” serves as a reminder of Kanye West’s unwavering self-assuredness. Through the highs and lows of his career and personal life, he remains resolute in his belief that no one can dictate his path. It’s a sentiment that resonates not just with Kanye’s journey but with anyone who has dared to chase their dreams, regardless of the naysayers.