Kanye West released his debut album, The College Dropout, in 2004. Those 21 tracks put lyrics to the feelings I had about life at 19. I’d spent my first semester in college sitting in an 8 a.m. microeconomics class questioning the value of higher education. I’d clocked in to be the underpaid token Black at multiple mall jobs. Like West, I felt as if I were on the brink of something greater. I knew to see myself as Black and brilliant was to flagrantly break an unwritten law of this land.