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21 Of The Best Songs Produced By Kanye West

Alicia Keys – "You Don't Know My Name" need I say more?

You know Kanye West, right?

Photograph of Kanye West smilng with sunglasses on

Well, before Ye was a rapper and all-around fashion icon, he was a producer. He's been involved in some of the most iconic tracks of our time – something we're learning all about it in the new Netflix documentary Jeen-Yuhs.

A young Kanye West smiling to camera

But while we wait for the third part of the trilogy to drop, here's a list of my favourite tracks Kanye was involved in creating.

1. Drake – "Find Your Love"

Released 5th May 2010. 

Fun Fact: Kanye originally wrote the melody for Rihanna.

2. Twista – "Overnight Celebrity"

Released 27th January 2004. 

Fun Fact: The uncredited violinist Miri Ben-Ari, also played on Kanye's "Jesus Walks."

3. Keyshia Cole – "I Changed My Mind"

Released 4th November 2010. 

Fun Fact: This song samples "The Chronic (intro)" by Dr. Dre ft Snoop Dogg.

4. Alicia Keys – "You Don't Know My Name"

Released 18th November 2003. 

Fun Fact: This song has been sampled 13 times, one of which being "Comfortable" by Lil Wayne, which Kanye also produced.

5. Lil Wayne ft Babyface – "Comfortable"

Released 10th June 2008. 

Fun Fact: Lil Wayne interpolates Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" in the first verse.

6. Foxy Brown – "My Life"

Released 26th January 1999. 

Fun Fact: This song samples "California Dreamin" by George Benson which was on the LP White Rabbit, which served as George's first-ever Grammy nomination.

7. Common – "Go!"

Released 14th June 2004. 

Fun Fact: The backing vocals on this song are by John Mayer.

8. Rihanna – "Bitch Better Have My Money"

Released March 26th 2015. 

Fun Fact: The title comes from a scene in the 1988 film I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.

9. Jay - Z – "Encore"

Released 14th November 2003. 

Fun Fact: The song samples "I Will" by John Holt.

10. Kid Cudi ft Kanye West, Common – "Make Her Say"

Released 9th June 2009.

Fun Fact: It's clearly inspired by Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," but she remains uncredited as additional vocals.

11. Slum Village ft John Legend, Kanye West – "Selfish"

Released 16th March 2004. 

Fun Fact: This song samples "Call Me" by Aretha Franklin.

12. Drake – "Feel No Ways"

Released 26th April 2016. 

Fun Fact: "Feel No Ways" was certified platinum by RIAA in June 2018, despite not getting a single release.

13. The Weeknd – "Tell Your Friends"

Released 24th August 2015. 

Fun Fact: The original track that was made for Kanye was released on Soundcloud in October, 2015 

14. Teyana Taylor – "Gonna Love Me"

Released 22nd June 2018.

Fun Fact: This song samples Michael Jackson's "Ain't No Sunshine" – a cover of Bill Withers' classic.

15. Big Sean – "I Don't Fuck With You"

Released 12th September 2014. 

Fun Fact: DJ Mustard had initially sent this beat to Justin Bieber to use.

16. Lil Nas X ft Jack Harlow – "Industry Baby"

Released 23rd July 2021.

Fun Fact: The song was originally supposed to feature Nicki Minaj, but Lil Nas X didn't get a response from her.

17. Justin Bieber – "Runaway Love" (Remix)

Released 14th February 2011.

Fun Fact: Justin Bieber wasn't actually present for this remix.

18. Beyoncé ft Andre 3000 – "Party"

Released 30th August 2011.

Fun Fact: This song samples Keith Sweat's "Right and a Wrong Way." 

19. Janet Jackson – "I Want You"

Released 5th April 2004.

Fun Fact: Despite only peaking at 57 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song received a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

20. Jagged Edge ft Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri – "Let's Get Married" (Reception Remix)

Released 25th June 2001.

Fun Fact: The song was performed in an episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown at the wedding of Theodore Long and Kristal Marshall.

21. Jay-Z ft Beyoncé– "03' Bonnie and Clyde"

Released 10th October 2002.

Fun Fact: This was the first official collaboration between Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

What's your favourite Kanye production?

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