Definitive Kanye West Song List (Part 2)

#25. Mercy ft. Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz – One of the most unusually samples to be used in hip hop… It’s 2012, so of course we see Big Sean and 2 Chainz as the features here… Their feature money that year must of been Donald Trump huge that year…

#24. No More Parties in L.A. ft. Kendrick Lamar – Kanye has a long history of rappers “out doing” him on his own tracks. Yeezy even reference’s this on the Lil Wayne “Lollipop” remix… This song is no exception, Kendrick “bodies” the instrumental while Kanye does an admiral job of keeping up, but is just simply out performed in the end…

#23. Dark Fantasy ft. Teyana Taylor – “DJs need to listen to the models”, “You ain’t got no f***in’ Yeezy in your Serato?”… It took me “years” before I actually found out what that “line” actually meant. Google “Serato” if you were like me, and need some clarity on the matter…

#22. So Appalled ft. Jay-Z, Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce, Swizz Beatz, and RZA – This is one of those songs that will make you scrunch your face while simultaneously bobbing your head the whole time your listening to it… That’s generally a good indicator of whether a song is dope or not… This song is definitely dope…

#21. Heartless – I’m going to level with you… Im not the biggest fan of “808s and Heartbreak”. It’s arguably the most “influential” Kanye album ever, and I understand that, but for me personally it’s just not a very good hip hop album in the “traditional” sense… “Heartless” was the stand out song of that album, and I would argue that this is west’s best vocal performance of his career. I don’t know if that’s really something worth bragging about, but it is something though…

#20. Slow Jamz ft. Twista, and Jamie Foxx – I honestly think that Twista might be the most “slept on” rapper of all time!… “Adrenaline Rush”, and “Kamikaze” are both amazing albums! If you consider yourself to be a “real hip hop fan”, make sure you’ve listened to both of those projects at least once…

#19. Touch the Sky ft. Lupe Fiasco – In the year 2005 (when this song came out), my two favorite rappers were these two gentlemen…. In an era of redundancy, both of these guys offered “rap fans” something different to the rap scene. Louie V. backpacks, and skateboards might not sound like groundbreaking subject matter, but at the time it was a breath of fresh air…

#18. Bound 2 – The “Yeezus” album was a very uncomfortable album to sit through and listen to. With the exception of “this song” at the very end, “Yeezus” was a very dark and drab experience… So it should come as no surprise that the only Soul sample of the entire project (a.k.a Kanye’s “wheelhouse”), would also be his best song of the album…

#17. New God Flow ft. Pusha T, and Ghostface Killah – Pusha T was really f#cking good on this song… Like Jay-Z featured on a Kanye track type of good…

#16. Drive Slow ft. Paul Wall, and GLC – Kanye reuses the 2Pac “Shorty Wanna be a Thug” instrumental, and  “tackles” a very similar subject matter on as well… Let’s be real… This song is basically “Shorty Wanna Be a Thug: Part 2” without a 2Pac co-sign…

#15. Flashing Lights – The Smoothest instrumental that will ever touch your precious little ears… #FACTS … Well except for…. The “little ears” part may be untrue because I don’t know you like that bruh, but the rest is definitely facts though…

#14. Monster ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver – The best Nicki Minaj verse of “all time isn’t necessarily the best selling point ever, but it is something…

#13. Good Life ft. T-Pain – There aren’t a lot of “fun laid back” Kanye West songs out there… Kanye is generally trying to prove a point, but this track is a break from all of that “seriousness”. It’s refreshing to experience that now and again…

#12. Runaway ft. Pusha T – The coast was pretty much clear through most of Kanye’s first three album release’s, but then… “808s and Heartbreak” happened… and then the consumer’s confidence in Ye’s music has now become somewhat shaken… Later that year when the “Taylor Swift incident” happened I think that a lot of general public was done with Mr. West and his antics… His career was in serious jeopardy, and he was in major need of a hit record… After a year long hiatus from the music industry, Kanye came back into the fold with this track, which took aim at the same people who had essentially wrote him off a year prior… If LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” is the greatest hip hop comeback track of all time, “Runaway” from Kanye West is a strong second place contender…

#11. Diamonds from Sierra Leone – I’ll be the first to say that this song has some serious Baarrzz in it!… It’s just a shame that this song was utterly eclipsed by the remix…

#10. Never Let Me Down ft. Jay-Z – Why don’t more people talk about this song? It’s fucking incredible! Jay-Z even raps over the chorus for Pete’s sake!… “Pete’s sake”… Now that is a weird fuckin’ saying. Like why should I worry about what Pete thinks? Fuck that guy! He’s probably an asshole anyways! Like one of those bastards that you have to stand and salute. I’ll Kapernick on that fool if I ever run into his weak ass… I’m DMX in this bitch! I don’t give a fuck!… ( I wonder what my mom would think if she read any of this? It’s moments like this where I’m glad she doesn’t…)…

#09. Everything I Am ft. DJ Premier – An often forgotten “classic” from Ye’s discography… DJ Premier tends to “bring that certain something” to all the songs he produces to instantly make them feel more “hip hop”. If Nas is the prototypical “hip hop MC”, then DJ Premier has to considered to be the prototypical “hip hop producer”…

 #08. Last Call – Every “great” rapper has an origin story, but I feel like Kanye’s origin story has to be considered the most unlikely of them all… (thinks for a second)… Drake starting out as a actor on “Degrassi” probably challenges that last statement quite a bit…

#07. Jesus Walks – This song is overrated!… Someone had to say it…

#06. All Falls Down – Lauryn Hill’s “Mystery of Iniquity” is the song that is sampled here (check it out if you haven’t heard it before)… Kanye West isn’t really a “lyricist” per se, but this is his most lyrical track, and  there is some very nice wordplay found here…

#05. Stronger – This song was reportedly mixed over 75 times before Kayne settled on the current version of this song…. Now I know that might come off as being or sounding crazy to some, but to me i personally feel like instances like this are what make Kanye West the genius that he is… Now only if he put that same type of due diligence into the Yeezus album. That album might of actually been listenable after 75 mixes…

 #04. Through the Wire – You can accuse Yeezus of a lot things (being a “ego manic” is a good one for example), but one thing you can’t say is that the man doesn’t have heart… The best example of this is his “heroic” performance on this song. When most people get into a serious car accident most choose to rest heavily and eat a lot of sherbet ice cream…. Kanye on the other hand opted to write and record a song instead. Both forms of recovery are viable, but it really just comes down to personal preference I guess…

#03. Big Brother – “No I.D. my mentor, now let the story begin”… It doesn’t get much more iconic than that…

#02. Can’t Tell Me Nothing ft. Young Jeezy – This is my all time favorite Kanye song, and you can’t tell me nothing otherwise 😉 …

#01. Diamonds from Sierra Leone (remix) ft. Jay-Z – Jay-Z is like a giant shadow that will forever loom over Kanye West rap legacy. Whenever some overzealous fan tries to make an argument for Kanye West being the all time G.O.A.T, people can point to songs like this one for example, and laugh directly in that person’s face… Kanye will never be “Batman”, but he does make an exceptional “Robin”…


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