It’s been a turbulent year for Kanye West what with his wife being reportedly kidnapped and held at gunpoint which resulted in him cancelling one of his New York shows whilst he was on stage and his big announcement that he will be running for president in 2020. This year the controversial star turns 40 and that calls for a look back at the top 5 most iconic and popular songs of his career.
- “Ni—as in Paris” Jay-J & Kanye West, Jan 2012
When Kanye teamed up with Jay-Z in 2011 for an entire album, “Watch the Throne”,they enjoyed huge amounts of success, but the album will most definitely be remembered for this song with his slow beats and sample of dialogue from the comedy Blades of Glory.
- “Knock You Down” Keri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo, June 2009
This might be another song to just feature Kanye however, it is his guest rap that got heads turning for the Keri Hilston’s second single which includes memorable lyrics such as: “This is bad, real bad, Michael Jackson/Now I’m mad real mad, Joe Jackson.”
- “POWER” Kanye West feat. Dwele, May 2010
This is one of West’s most notable songs for many people as it has recently been heard in the British television advert for a men’s aftershave. “POWER” acted as his comeback single after his 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak and was also his first release since his famous moment at the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards where he interrupted singer/songwriter, Taylor Swift, during her acceptance speech.
- “Stronger” Kanye West, September 2007
It would be crazy not to mention this song in a countdown of some of Kanye’s greatest songs especially in year where this song celebrates its 10th anniversary. This was the first time he dabbled in electro music and this dance-rap song was a great first attempt. Stronger would go on to be a top 10 single in ten different countries including the United Kingdom and a Number 1 in his native America.
- “Gold Digger” Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx, September 2005
West teamed up with singer Jamie Foxx for “Stronger” and it turned out to be a smart move for both their careers with Foxx achieving his biggest hit in America to date. However, despite Foxx originally laying down vocals from the Ray Charles song “I Got a Woman” his vocals only appear in the intro and the rest of the song uses samples from Charles.
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