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.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.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.In West's attempt to accomplish this "stadium-status" endeavor, West incorporated layered electronic synthesizers into his hip-hop production, which also finds him utilizing slower tempos, being influenced by the music of the 1980s, and experimenting with electronic music.
The fingerboard delicately and artfully portrays the Japanese fishing technique known as "Tomozuri" used to catch the Wild Ayu, or "Watermelon Fish" so called because of its similarly sweet, smell and taste.
This fascinating technique celebrated within the Gifu Prefecture (where Takamine's hometown is located) utilizes the territorial behavior of the Ayu fish by introducing a live, hooked decoy fish which the angry Ayu will then attack in dramatic fashion.
Between the Ayu's extremely spirited nature and the fast-flowing rivers and rapids in which they dwell, pulling in the "Watermelon Fish" is known as a challenging and exhilarating experience.
Graduation is the third studio album by American rapper Kanye West.
It was released on September 11, 2007, through Roc-A-Fella Records.