While Kanye West has built an entire legacy of crafting some of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, and putting together entire bodies of work, the Chicago rapper-producer has made a name for himself over the past two decades as a certified features killer.
In fact, he claimed a spot when we were putting together our list of greatest guest rappers of all time. Kanye has always been consistent with his guest spots, but between 2008 and 2009, Mr. West was on a feature appearance bodying world tour. From Estelle to T.I., Clipse to Young Jeezy, here are the 15 greatest Kanye West guest Verses of all time.
15. Estelle ft. Kanye West – “American Boy”
Released: March 31, 2008
Who killin' them in the UK? Everybody gonna say, "You, K" Reluctantly, 'cause most of this press don't fuck with me Estelle once said to me, "Cool down, down Don't act a fool now, now." I always act a fool oww, oww Ain't nothing new now, now He crazy, I know what you thinkin' Ribena, I know what you're drinkin' Rap singer, chain blinger Holler at the next chick soon as you're blinkin' What's your persona about this Americana rhymer? Am I shallow 'cause all my clothes designer? Uh Dressed smart like a London bloke (Yeah) Before he speak his suit bespoke (Woop) And you thought he was cute before Look at this pea coat, tell me he's broke (Woo) And I know you ain't into all that I heard your lyrics, I feel your spirit But I still talk that ca-a-ash 'Cause a lotta wags wanna hear it And I'm feelin' like Mike at his baddest Like The Pips at their gladdest And I know they love it So to hell with all that rubbish
14. T.I. ft. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & M.I.A. – “Swagga Like Us”
Album: Paper Trail
Released: September 6, 2008
Producer: Kanye West
Mr. West is in the buildin' Swagger on a hundred thousand trillion Ayo I know I got it first I'm Christopher Columbus, y'all just the Pilgrims Thanksgiving, do we even got a question? Hermès, Pastelle, I pass the dressin' My attitude is tattooed, that mean it's permanent So I guess we should address it, huh? My swagger is Mick Jagger Every time I breathe on a track, I asthma attack it "Why you so mad for? Why you gotta have it?" ‘Cause I slaved my whole life, now I'm the master Naaaaa-na-naaaaa How it feel to wake up and be the shit and the urine Naaaaa-na-naaaaa Tryin' to get that Kobe number, one over Jordan
13. Lloyd Banks ft. Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie & Fabolous – “Start It Up”
Album: H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2)
Released: November 2, 2010
We keep these G’s in an alloy safe And stash the weed in an Altoids case They say good things come to those who wait So I’mma be at least about a hour late I’m so fresh bitch I should be arrested New Cody Chesnutt with my nuts on your chest bitch She said “hey ‘Ye,” I said “Yes, bitch” "Damn I’m only asking you a question" I met this MILF at the All-Star getting action A cougar with more rings than Phil Jackson Told her beauty is why God invented eyeballs And her booty is why God invented my balls I’m a rockstar, huh, start it up Start it up, huh, start it up So popular you should get a shot of us Niggas don’t take shots at us that is only obvious The first album I vomited, the second I colonic’d it Ain't nobody fucking with me, I Platonic’d it Bet I got some slippers on, bet niggas gon' honor it These ain't even real clothes, homie I’m pajama rich Banks told me homie go switch the style up These bitches on me homie only to arouse us Told her I ain't paying tonight I’m only browsing She pulled her blouse up, said “It’s free,” I said, "wowzers"
12. Rick Ross ft. Kanye West & Big Sean – “Sanctified”
Released: March 3, 2014
Producer: Kanye West, DJ Mustard, Mike Dean, Puff Daddy
Niggas be lovin' the old Ye They sayin' the new Ye, that nigga be spazzin' But when Ali turn up and be Ali You can't ever change that nigga back to Cassius So you can gon' and make up lies, but I'm so sanctified I don't sweat it, wipe my forehead with a handkerchief And wash my sins in the blood of Jesus (Hunt) H!eople sayin', "Ye we need another Yeezus" (Hunt) H!ames try to tell me, "Cut the wildin' out, out" But who the fuck is you reachin'? Pass me 30 bottles, champagne procession That's that Holy water, sanctified refreshments God sent me a message, said I'm too aggressive Really!? Me!? Too aggressive!?
11. Beyonce ft. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Drunk in Love (Remix)”
Released: December 17, 2013
Producer: Detail, Beyonce Knowles, Timbaland, J-Roc, Boots, Dre Moon, Soko, Rasool Diaz
Woo! You will never need another lover Woo! 'Cause you a MILF and I'm a motherfucker Told you give the drummer some, now the drummer cummin' I'm pa-rum-pa-pum-pumin' all on your stomach Yuh, tonight I see some super freaky hoes That could go from bein' stripper to a super CEO I don't know the way you do it, but you do it to me though And you always told your girlfriends you need you a TV show Now you got your own money, you don't need nobody else But far as handlin' all that ass, I think you gon' need some help Let me remind you, you got a, you got a great future behind you You gotta tell me what we tryna do I ain't no pastor, don't do missionary I know good pussy when I see it, I'm a visionary I know them haters talkin', always had us very wary Yup! On the 35th of Nevuary Yup! You love the way I'm turnt After all the money you earned, still show daddy what you learned That cowgirl, you reverse that cowgirl You reverse, you reverse, and I impregnated your mouth, girl Ooooh, that's when I knew you could be my spouse, girl We fuckin' all over the house, girl We just messed up a brand new couch, girl If you ain't on site, then you on Skype I put you on that bike, you bound, girl We too wild, won't turn down We drunk in love, fuck them
10. Drake ft. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem – “Forever”
Album: More than a Game (soundtrack)
Released: August 27, 2009
Ever-ever, Mr. West is in the buildin' Ain't no question who about to kill 'em I used to have hood dreams, big fame, big chains I stuck my dick inside this life until that bitch came And went hard all fall like the ball teams Just so I can make it rain all spring Y'all seen my story, my glory I had raped the game young, you can call it statutory When a nigga blow up they gonna build statues for me Old money, Benjamin Button, "What?" nothin' Now it's super bad chicks givin' me McLovin You would think I ran the world like Michelle's husband You would think these niggas know me when they really doesn't Like they was down with the old me, no you fuckin' wasn't Um, you're such a fuckin' loser He ain't even go to class, Bueller Trade the Grammy plaques just to have my granny back Remember she had that bad hip like a fanny pack? Chasin' the stardom will turn you to a maniac All the way in Hollywood and I can't even act They pull the cameras out and goddamn, he snap I used to want this thing forever, y'all can have it back
9. Dilated Peoples ft. Kanye West – “This Way”
Album: Neighborhood Watch
Released: April 12, 2004
Producer: Kanye West
My favorite girl wanna leave me just because I got a girlfriend My freak girl told me now, she a Christian My white girl wanna move back to Michigan (Okay) I'm pulling girls off the bench like a sixth man I'm in the club, doing the same ol' two step While Omegas doing the same ol' "Q" step (Q!) I have my money on my mind, I was thinking green She a pledge A.K.A., she was pink and green I want a good girl, she want a gentleman (Okay) We saying the same thing like a synonym I wasn't really spitting game, I was scrimmaging My penmanship so hard it need censorship (Woo!) I'm a Chicagoan 'til Chicago ends (Yeah!) Till we blow like Chicago wind I don't know what's better, getting laid or getting paid (Haha) I just know when I'm getting one, the other's getting away This way!
8. Rick Ross ft. Kanye West, T-Pain & Lil Wayne – “Maybach Music 2”
Album: Deeper Than Rap
Released: May 19, 2009
Producer: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
Martin, Louie the King Jr Startin' all that stuntin' is gon' ruin you If B.I. was alive, he'd prob'ly have the 2-tone With the Grey Poupon, anything 'Ye poop on Will explode, 'cause I am the shit, and this is my commode Uh-oh, there they go Talking 'bout how your boy's clothes extra tight I just remembered that my limelight extra bright I hit the strip club and girls get extra hype You hit the strip club and girls turn extra dyke We know who not getting no sex tonight And a lap dance'd probably be a blessin', right? So all the shit you talking dead, coffin Like the weed, coughing, new crib, loft in Where it's at? Austin, where is that? Texas What's in front? Benzes, what else? Lexus Well, who's Maybach is this? Mr. West's!
7. Rihanna ft. Kanye West – “Diamonds (Remix)”
Released: November 16, 2012
Producer: Benny Blanco, StarGate
We the cause of all the commotion Your mouth running, but where is you going? What is you smoking, man? That ain't potent What is you talking, man? That ain't important Illuminati, High society We in this party and nobody invited me We going crazy and I always use my best sense But it don't matter cause I stay on my fresh prince Maxin', relaxin, shootin' some pool and Playing some b-ball outside of the school and Girls with they top off outside of the pool and Whips with the drop off outside of the Louvre You just look stupid to be ignoring The Delorean parked in front of Armani emporium And parties at Richie is getting risky Victoria's Secret show, they miss me Voices in my head, I need choices in my bed AHHHHH, get out my fucking head It's just me and my bad bitch So you can say I'm on my Brad Pitt Back to the la familia I'm aligned with Before I betray them I slit my wrists At the top is just us nigga Cause I don't really trust niggas And we made it through the hurricane So celebrate and light the Mary Jane We gon' make it, that's on everything Truest girls get half naked, every spring They saying, "Hey Kanye We need you to go deeper than Tay Zonday," Cause my verses got pain, Chocolate Rain So many lines, you photograph and it make arms break On the radio, man I miss myself I need to just step back and kiss myself Baby, just step up and kiss the belt A little lower.. that's what's up Somebody pour her another cup Is it too much to ask you keep your diamonds up? I swear until my time is up My style is sex in the shower, fresh as fuck
6. 2 Chainz ft. Kanye West – “Birthday Song”
Album: Based on a T.R.U. Story
Released: July 24, 2012
Producer: Sonny Digital, Kanye West, BWheezy, Anthony Kilhoffer, Lifted, Mike Dean
Ahh, Yeezy, Yeezy, how you do it, huh? It's my birthday, I deserve to be greedy, huh? She holdin' out, she ain't givin' to the needy, huh? You go downstairs and fall asleep with the TV on Y'all been together ten years, you deserve a ménage 'Specially if you put that BMW in a garage 'Specially if you paid a couple payments on her momma crib Went to her niece's graduation, man, I hate those kids! Last birthday, she got you a new sweater Put it on, give her a kiss, and tell her "Do better" She said, "How 'bout I get you jewelry from the West End?" How 'bout she hit the Westin and get her best friend? Ha, I'm jokin', I'm just serious, I asked her "Don't be actin', like no actress, if we preachin', then we practice Don't be reachin', don't be touchin' shit, we in Kanye West's Benz! 'Cause I will turn you back to a pedestrian, hah!"
5. DJ Khaled ft. Kanye West & T-Pain – “Go Hard”
Album: We Global
Released: November 19, 2008
Producer: The Runners
I go the hardest, flow so retard I'm disgusted with myself, I mean, ugh, where do I start? First I spin around and vomit, then I shit up on it Fuck the beat up so bad, won't nobody get up on it I flow sick, nigga how sick? Seasick Got your hand out, don't look at me bitch You lookin' at who made me rich You lookin' at who made me rich I had some wins, some losses Just a life of a God damn boss's With the top off, lookin' for a girl With a ass as fat as Tracee Ross's This is dope as it get, dope as a motherfuckin' acid trip Fly as fifty-seven passengers, this finna be another classic, bitch Everybody know I got it, if you want it then get at it But I ain't gon' have it, no, I ain't gon' have it
4. Clipse ft. Kanye West – “Kinda Like a Big Deal”
Album: Til the Casket Drops
Released: April 20, 2009
Producer: DJ Khalil & Chin
Ayo, I'm sitting on top of the, it's more than a feeling, ain't it? I be killing, damn it, I'm illin', I'm illin', ay-ay-ay-ay Meet Mr. Popular, go get your binoculars And see "Penthouse 3" where a nigga be Spitting fire on a PJ, in my PJs Fire Marshall said I took it to the max like TJ Y'all ain't peep, I said Marshall's, replay I guess I'm like the black Marshall meets Jay Meet 'Ye, alligator souffle, got it made Special Ed got head from a girl in special ed You know the pretty ones in that dumb class But she got that dumb ass Hit high school and got pregnant dumb fast "What happened, Tisha? Your boyfriend come fast?" Turn around, give me pound like we folks "Hell no, I went raw, dawg, three strokes"
3. Jay-Z ft. Kanye West & Rihanna – “Run This Town”
Album: The Blueprint 3
Released: July 24, 2009
Producer: Kanye West, No I.D.
It's crazy how you can go from bein' Joe Blow To everybody on your dick; no homo I bought my whole family whips; no Volvos Next time I’m in church: please, no photos Police escorts, everybody passports This the life that everybody ask for This the fast life, we are on a crash course What you think I rap for, to push a fuckin' Rav 4? But I know that if I stay stunting All these girls only gon' want one thing I can spend my whole life goodwill hunting Only good gon' come is this good when I'm cumming She got a ass that'll swallow up a G-string And up top, ungh, two bee stings And I'm beasting off the Riesling And my nigga just made it out the precinct We give a damn about the drama that your dude bring I'm just tryin' to change the color on your mood ring Reebok, baby, you need to try some new things Have you ever had shoes without shoe strings? "What's that, Ye?" "Baby, these heels." "Is that a May— what?!" "Baby, these wheels." You trippin' when you ain't sippin', have a refill You feelin' like you runnin', huh? Now you know how we feel
2. Lil Wayne ft. Kanye West – “Lollipop (Remix)”
Album: Tha Carter III
Released: March 13, 2008
Producer: Deezle, Jim Jonsin
Lollipop, lollipop, breastses just like Dolly Parton She ride my spaceship 'til she hit the top That hit the spot 'Til she ask, "How many li-i-li-i-licks do it take" 'til she get to shop? Don't worry why my wrists got so freeze Tell a girl, "Like Doritos, that's not 'cho cheese" Tell her friends, "Like Fritos, I'm tryin' to lay" I can't only have one, and I ain't trying to wait This a song with Wayne, so you know it's gon' melt But you ain't finna murder me like everybody else I'ma rap like I got some type 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 four more hoes, we need oh, oh, oh, oh! You know what it is when we out of town We balling too serious, and you out of bounds So come here, baby girl You're now fucking with the best in the world
1. Young Jeezy ft. Kanye West – “Put On”
Album: June 3, 2008
Released: The Recession
Producer: Drumma Boy
I feel like it's still niggas that owe me checks I feel like it's still bitches that owe me sex I feel like this but niggas don't know he's stressed I lost the only girl in the world that know me best I got the money and the fame, man, 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 Yo, I need just at least, ugh, one of Russell's nieces On, I let my nightmares go I put on everybody that I knew from the 'Go I know hoes that was fronting when they knew he was broke They say, "Damn, Yeezy, Yeezy, you don't know us no more You got that big fame, homie, and you just changed on me" You can ask big homie, man, the top so lonely I ain't lying So lonely, I ain't lying Let me see what we have tonight (What we have tonight) I'm high as a satellite (Satellite) I see those flashing lights (Flashing lights) 'Cause every night, every night, I put on