Top 10 Best Kanye West Songs of All Time (And 10 Classic Verses) Yeezy is an entrepreneur and visionary, along with a creative musical force.

Kanye Omari West (stage name Kanye West) started out as a producer before Jay-Z put him on the mic and let him mature as his own artist. And Ye certainly matured, following Jay’s footsteps in the business while stretching the sonic boundaries of his beloved art style. In the meantime, he created the sound of an entire generation (by pretty much sampling songs from earlier generations). Ignore the media cabal calling him crazy – instead, enjoy these highlights from the gifted discography of Kanye West.

Best Kanye West Songs

10.  “Jesus Walks”

Album: The College Dropout 2004

Classic Line: 

You know what the Midwest is?
Young and Restless
Where restless niggas might snatch ya necklace
And next these niggas might jack ya Lexus
Somebody tell these niggas who Kanye West is
I walk through the valley of Chi where death is
Top floor of the view alone will leave you breathless
Try to catch it, it’s kinda hard
Getting choked by detectives yeah, yeah, now check the method
They be asking us questions, harass, and arrest us
Saying “We eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!”
Huh! Y’all eat pieces of shit? What’s the basis?
We ain’t goin’ nowhere, but got suits and cases
A trunk full of coke rental car from Avis
My Mama used to say only Jesus can save us
Well Mama, I know I act a fool
But I’ll be gone ’til November, I got packs to move, I hope

9. “Heartless”

Album: 808s and Heartbreaks 2008

Classic Line: 

How could be so Dr. Evil, you bringin’ out a side of me that I don’t know
I decided we weren’t goin’ speak so
Why we up three A.M. on the phone
Why does she be so mad at me for
Homie I don’t know, she’s hot and cold
I won’t stop, I won’t mess my groove up
Cause I already know how this thing go
You run and tell your friends that you’re leaving me
They say that they don’t see what you see in me
You wait a couple months then you gon’ see
You’ll never find nobody better than me

8. “New Slaves”

Album: Yeezus 2013

Classic Line: 

See they’ll confuse us with some bullshit
Like the New World Order
Meanwhile the DEA
Teamed up with the CCA
They tryna lock niggas up
They tryna make new slaves
See that’s that privately owned prisons
Get your piece today
They prolly all in the Hamptons
Braggin’ ’bout what they made
Fuck you and your Hampton house
I’ll fuck your Hampton spouse
Came on her Hampton blouse
And in her Hampton mouth

7. “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix) (ft Jay-Z)”

Album: Late Registration 2005

Classic Line: 

Close your eyes and imagine, feel the magic
Vegas on acid, seen through Yves St. Laurent glasses
And I’ve realized that I’ve arrived
Cause it take more than a magazine to kill my Vibe
Does he write his own rhymes, well sort of, I think ’em
That mean I forgot better shit than you ever thought of
Damn, is he really that caught up?
I ask if you talked about classics, do my name get brought up?
I remember I couldn’t afford a Ford Escort
Or even a four-track recorder
So it’s only right that I let the top drop on a drop-top Porsche
It’s for yourself, that’s important
If your stripper name “Porscha” and you get tips from many men
Then your fat friend, her nickname is “Minivan”
Excuse me, that’s just the Henny, man
I smoke, I drink, I’m supposed to stop, I can’t because
Diamonds are forever

6. “Power”

Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2010

Classic Line: 

The system broken, the schools closed, the prisons open
We ain’t got nothing’ to lose, ma’ fucka’, we rolling
Huh? Ma’fucka’, we rollin’
With some light-skinned girls and some Kelly Rowlands
In this white man’s world, we the ones chosen
So goodnight, cruel world, I see you in the mornin’
Huh? I see you in the mornin’
This is way too much, I need a moment

5. “Yikes”

Album: Ye 2018

Classic Line: 

Ayy, hospital band a hundred bands, fuck a watch
Hundred grand’ll make your best friends turn to opps
I hear y’all bringin’ my name up a lot
Guess I just turned the clout game up a notch
See, y’all really shocked but I’m really not
You know how many girls I took to the titty shop?
If she get the ass with it that’s a 50 pop
I still bring the bad bitches in the city out
Uh, just a different type of leader
We could be in North Korea, I could smoke with Wiz Khalifa
Uh, told my wife I’ve never seen her
After I hit it, bye Felicia, that’s the way that I’ma leave it

4. “Stronger”

Album: Graduation 2007

Classic Line: 

I don’t know if you got a man or not
If you made plans or not
God put me in the plans or not
I’m tripping, this drink got me saying a lot
But I know that God put you in front of me
So how the hell could you front on me?
There’s a thousand yous, there’s only one of me
I’m tripping, I’m caught up in the moment, right?
‘Cause it’s Louis Vuitton Don night
So we gonna do everything that Kan like
Heard they’d do anything for a Klondike
Well, I’d do anything for a blonde dyke
And she’ll do anything for the limelight
And will do anything when the time’s right
Uh, baby you’re makin’ it (harder, better, faster, stronger)

3. “Gold Digger (ft Jamie Foxx)”

Album: Late Registration 2005

Classic Line: 

Cutie the bomb, met her at a beauty salon
With a baby Louis Vuitton under her underarm
She said: “I can tell you rock, I can tell by your charm
Far as girls, you got a flock
I can tell by your charm and your arm.”
But I’m lookin’ for the one, have you seen her?
My psychic told me she’ll have a ass like Serena
Trina, Jennifer Lopez, four kids
And I gotta take all they bad asses to ShowBiz?
Okay, get your kids, but then they got their friends
I pulled up in the Benz, they all got up in
We all went to din’ and then I had to pay
If you fuckin’ with this girl, then you better be paid
You know why? It take too much to touch her
From what I heard she got a baby by Busta
My best friend said she used to fuck with Usher
I don’t care what none of y’all say, I still love her

2. “Through the Wire”

Album: The College Dropout 2004

Classic Line: 

How do you console my mom or give her light support
Telling her, her sons’ on life support
And just imagine how my girl feel
On the plane scared as hell that her guy look like Emmit Till
She was with me before the deal she been trying to be mine
She a delta so she been throwing that dynasty sign
I’m use to trying to reline
I’ve been trying to be sign
Trying to be a millionaire
How I use two lifelines
In the same hospital where Biggie Smalls died
The doctor said I had blood clots
But I ain’t Jamaican, man
Story on MTV and I ain’t trying to make a band
I swear this right here, history in the making man

1. “All of the Lights”

Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2010

Classic Line: 

Something wrong
I hold my head
M.J. gone, our nigga dead!
I slapped my girl, she called the feds
I did that time and spent that bread
I’m heading home, I’m almost there
I’m on my way, headed up the stairs
To my surprise, a nigga replacing me
I had to take ’em to that ghetto university (all of the lights)

Best Kanye West Guest Verses

10. Young Jeezy “Put On”

Album: The Recession 2008

Classic Line: 

I feel like there’s still niggas that owe me checks
I feel like there’s still bitches that owe me sex
I feel like this but niggas don’t know the stress
I lost the only girl in the world that know me best
I got the money and the fame and that don’t mean shit
I got the Jesus on a chain, man that don’t mean shit
‘Cause when the Jesus pieces can’t bring me peace
Sure I need just at least one of Russell’s nieces on
I let my nightmares go I put on,

9. Travi$ Scott “Piss on your Grave

Album: Rodeo 2015

Classic Line: 

Piss in your grave, piss in your grave
Turn this up, teacher
Play this in the third grade, in the third grade
Can’t hide from the truth
Yeah, we’re ’bout to go ape, we’re ’bout to go ape
These streets is not safe
These niggas ain’t playin’, these niggas ain’t playin’ (huh)
These niggas ain’t playin’
This for my fam, this for the fam, do this for the fam
Hop outta the Lamb’, hop onto the ‘gram

8. Pharrell Williams “Number One”

Album: In My Mind 2006

Classic Line: 

Yesterday I was half the man you see
Baby that’s because you the other half of me
You my number 1 hit on the line of the charts
I’ma FedEx my love and have you sign for my heart
For my number 1 I keep ya dumb fly
Fresh to death you like after death
I resurrected my gold Jesus of Nazareth
Now we Fresh as a Prince while they Jazzy Jeff

7. Common “They Say”

Album: Be 2005

Classic Line: 

They say “dude think he righteous”
I write just to free minds, from stoney to rikers
Amongst the lifeless, in a world crazy as mike is
On my paper, whether its weed or isis
They say “life is a game, ” so I play hard
Writing for my life cause I’m scared of a day job
They say “sef kept the hood together”
I tell the young, “we can’t play the hood forever”
Play my cards right, they say I went to left
They showed me strange love, like I was mr. f
Played chess in this game of, pawns and knights
Now I claim “king” like don, or frank white
They say my life is comparable to christ’s
The way I sacrificed, and resurrected, twice
They say “the crochet pants and the sweater was wack”
Seen “the corner”, now they say “that nigga’s back, ” uh

6. Jin “I Got a Love”

Album: The Rest Is History 2004

Classic Line: 

I got a love that’s better than you ever was
You’ve never been no good for me
I guess I was just way too hood for you to be with
I got a love that’s better than you ever was
You’ve never been no good for me
I guess I was just way too hood for you to be with

5. Talib Kweli “Get By (Remix)”

Album: Quality 2002

Classic Line: 

Yeah! It’s somethin’ about that Nina Simone piano flow
It’s like a Michelangelo painted a portrait of Maya Angelou
And gave it to a sick poet for they antidote
If music get ya choked up, this is the tree and the rope
This is Chi, nigga, I’m Mr. All-of-That
Fuck a map, let’s put this bitch on the almanac
Dice what they hittin’ fo’, lax what you sittin’ on
Tracks who you spittin’ on, rap ’til we get it on
And don’t let nobody with the power to sign
Ever tell you you ain’t got the power to rhyme

4. Dilated Peoples “This Way”

Album: Neighborhood Watch 2004

Classic Line: 

I wanna a good girl she want a gentleman
We sayin’ the same thing like a synonym
I wasn’t really spittin’ game I was scrimmaging
My penmanship’s so hard it needs censorship
I’ma Chicagoan till Chicago ends
Till we blow like Chicago wind
I don’t know what’s better, gettin’ laid or gettin’ paid
I just know when I’m gettin one, the other’s gettin’ away
This way

3. Jay-Z “Run This Town”

Album: The Blueprint 3 2009

Classic Line: 

It’s crazy how you can go from being Joe Blow
To everybody on your dick, no homo
I bought my whole family whips, no Volvo’s
Next time I’m in church, please no photos
Police escorts, everybody passports
This the life that everybody ask for
This a fast life, we are on a crash course
What you think I rap for, to push a fucking Rav-4?

2. Drake “Forever”

Album: More Than a Game 2009

Classic Line: 

Y’all seen my story my glory
I had raped the game young
You can call it statutory
When a nigga blow up they can build statures of me
Old money Benjamin Button, what, nothin’
Now superbad chicks giving me McLovin,
You would think I ran the world like Michelle’s husband
You would think these niggas would know me when they really doesn’t
Like they was down with the old me no you fucking wasn’t

1. Lil Wayne “Lollipop (Remix)”

Album: Tha Carter III 2008

Classic Line: 

This a song with Wayne, so you know it’s gonna melt
But you ain’t finna murder me like everybody else
I’ma rap like I got some type of respect for myself
I don’t do it for my health, man, I do it for the belt
Man, I do it to the death, ’til the roof get melt
Hundred degrees, drop the roof, so the coupe don’t melt
Man, the flow so cold chicken soup won’t help
We need fo’ mo’ hoes, we need oh-oh-oh-oh!
You know what it is when we’re outta town
We ball in two-seats, and you out of bounds
So come here, baby girl
You’re now fuckin’ with the best in the world
Lollipop, the best in the world

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Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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