Kanye West is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his debut album, The College Dropout, with a heartfelt thank you to his loyal fans.

On 10 February, 2004, West, who was mostly known as an acclaimed hip-hop producer at the time, released his first record, which went on to receive critical acclaim including a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2005.

A decade later, West made penned an uncharacteristically heartfelt and sincere note to his followers via Twitter.com on Monday (10Feb14), thanking all those involved for their part on his journey to success.

He wrote, "Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life's work up to that point: The College Dropout. I say "finally" because it was a long road, a constant struggle, and a true labor of love to not only convince my peers and the public that I could be an artist, but to actually get that art out for the world to hear.

"I am extremely grateful to each and every person along that road who helped, lent an ear, lent their voice, gave of their heart to that project, and to all the projects that followed, and are to come. I am honored and humbled by my fans, for the unwavering support and love over the past ten years. I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of.

"Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door. The doors may be heavier, but I promise you We Will Break Them."