September 8th, 2007
08:36 AM ET
15 years ago

'College Dropout' rapper Kanye West promotes education in '08

Kanye West has a new cause

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - The "Ed in '08" campaign, which is pushing for greater emphasis on education in the presidential campaigns, has a new spokesperson: rapper Kanye West.

West appears in a new public service announcement for "Ed in '08" that is now being pushed in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

"Becoming a music superstar took hard work," West says in the ad. "But it also took a solid education."

Of course, the album that rocketed West to stardom was his 2004 debut, "The College Dropout," on which he recounts how he quit college to pursue his music career.

Then again, West's third album, which releases on Tuesday, is called "Graduation."

Just in time for 2008.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. mapolo

    the irony is that this guy is a drop out....

    September 7, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    Why does what he wants matter?????????

    September 7, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Marvin

    While I certainly don't agree with all he has to say, I could not agree more that education needs to be a greater campaign and legislative focus. To me this is the single biggest problem that our country faces today. Period. Terror takes the forefront, as they say, "If it bleads it leads." However, if the youth of our country continue to fall behind other nations, even developing nations, our country will be doomed. The loss of life on 9/11 and subsequent conflicts is staggering, but I beleive Al Qaeda continues to attack us every day by causing us to take our eye off the ball and ignore the things that will ensure the prosperity of our nation over the long haul. Education, in my opinion, is at the top of that list.

    September 7, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. John Galenec, Alta Loma, California

    Sounds like Kanye's agent needs a way to help his declining record sales. If you want to promote education Kanye get a degree and become a teacher.

    September 7, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Drew Swain3, Boston, MA

    KW brought his own brand of educational style hip hop to the masses. His background shows that education in his upbringing made his lyrics a cut above the average without the guns, blood and misogyny. KW can speak to a generation that feels alienated. His efforts should be applauded and supported.

    September 7, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. R K. Des Moines, IA

    Another one hit wonder, hanging on because he thinks what he says should have importance more than what the average American thinks. What would we ever do with out the opinions of the west coast movie industry and the music folks to guide us thru life. I'll take the common sense opinion of a midwesterner any day of the week over listening to Kanye. And what would we ever do with out the CNN news giving folks like this a mouthpiece because they think it carries importance. Let me hear what a returning Iraq vet has for an opinion. Let me hear what a midwest hospital worker has to say.

    September 7, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. perri Li, Los Angeles,CA

    Kanye is a Pretty good Producer,but his Rapping skills and Political Views has touching up to do!!!

    September 7, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Andrew, Washington DC

    Woowwww, what a profound paradox. It's, like, he wants education, but, like, his first album was 'College Dropout' – but then, like, his new album is 'Graduation', so, like, it all comes full circle. OMG!! LOL!!! IDK!!

    September 7, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Andrew Swain lll, Boston, MA 02120

    Kanye West brings intelligent lyrics to hip hop music. His mother was an educator, his father a journalist.
    Kanye West's lyrics are a cut above the usual gangster rap lyric. His 'ED in 08' deserves applause and support.

    September 7, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Erin in Chicago, IL

    It's ironic to ask why it matters what Kanye West thinks on an Internet forum. I mean, you obviously believe that what you think matters enough to post it on Why is Kanye West's opinion any less valid for public consumption than yours? He's a citizen, same as you.

    September 8, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  11. Dan

    I'm sorry, but why is this news? Because he put down Bush on Katrina? Way to go again CNN on your unbiased news direction.

    September 8, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. spinstopper

    Kanye West would have more impact if he took his cause to the private sector. Politicians love to make promises, but rarely do they follow through, especially Democrats. See 110th Congress..

    September 8, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Rachell, Columbus, OH

    While I might not agree with everything Kanye has to say, I certainly applaud him in his campaign to bring education to the forefront of the political debate. As Marvin said above, if we don't do something to reform education in the next few years, we are going to become crippled as a nation.

    September 8, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. mike d.- durango co.

    But if people care about their children enough they won't let the pathetic Congress take charge of their education.

    September 9, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. Meg

    Although Kanye West has achieved commercial success, I don't think he is a suitable choice as a spokesman for education. Youth might consider his situation as a dropout and think that they, too, could be successful, as is Kanye, without an education. It would seem more appropriate to have a spokesman who is successful due to an education rather than despite it.

    September 11, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Meg

    As an addendum to my prior post, if Kanye is really a proponent of education, and truly wants to send a concrete message to our youth, he would return to college and complete his degree. Now that would speak volumes!

    September 11, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |