Top 10 Kanye West & Jay-Z Collaborations

Posted: August 15, 2011 by eptarheels23 in Music
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In honor of the recent release of Watch the Throne and few people suggestions, I have come up with my list of the Top 10 Kanye West and jay-Z Collaborations. This list includes that everything involves the two artists, even Kanye West produced Jay-Z records. I have decided to not include any of the Watch the Throne songs because I feel like they have to sink in a little, the records have to stand the test of time. If you see a song that you felt like should have been included in the Top 10, let me know in the comments. So without further adieu check below for the Top 10 Kanye West and Jay-Z Collaborations!

10: Talib Kweli – Get By (Remix) [feat. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mos Def & Busta Rhymes]
Even though this song is by neither Kanye or Jay, it still features bot of them so I threw it up there. A remix to a track originally featured on Talib Kweli’s Quality back in 2002, Mr. Kweli got some of the most distinguished artists in the game to all hop on the remix. Each artist kills it, but ‘Ye and Jay stick out the most with monster verses that steal the show.

9: Jay-Z – ’03 Bonnie & Clyde (feat. Beyoncé) (produced by Kanye West)
The first official single off The Blueprint 2 has Kanye behind the boards. Yeezy really shows his versatility producing with this sick beat, I’ve never really seen anything like it from him ever since. Also mixed with a dope flow from Jay and hook from Beyoncé it makes for an all around nasty record.

8: Jay-Z – Run This Town (feat. Kanye West & Rihanna)
This might not be my favorite song by these two ever, but you cannot deny that this isn’t a huge hit. It has a killer beat from Kanye, nice verses from Jay and Yeezy plus a catchy hook from Rihanna. It has everything needed to be a smash record and a monster collaboration.

7: Kanye West – So Appalled (feat. Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Swizz Beatz & RZA)
All in all, this is one of my favorite records off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It has a monster beat and both Kanye and Jay kill it. I’m pretty sure the debate will go on for a long time over who has the best verse out of ‘Ye, Jay, Pusha and CyHi. Even though this track is listed in the top ten Kanye and Jay collabos I’m going to have to give the best verse to CyHi. He really brought his A-game on a track filled with rap veterans.

6: Jay-Z – Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love) (produced by Kanye West)
One of Kanye’s finest production to date is the soulful standout off Jay’s critically acclaimed The Blueprint. It is one of the more underrated records off said LP as the beat is downright sick and with catchy lines from Jay and a dope hook, this is definitely one of the best Kanye + Jay collaborations to date.

5: Jay-Z – Lucifer (produced by Kanye West)
Welcome Kanye the sampling genius. This beat is insane as he shows how incredible he really is at producing. Jay-Z drops some sick verses, but the real star of the show is the beat and Kanye’s production skills. This is personally one of my favorite records off The Black Album and you can see why after listening.

4: Kanye West – Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Ivor)
Possibly my favorite song of all of 2010. The beat is probably one of the best on all of MBDTF as it is filled with monster sythns and eerie drum kicks. Kanye absolutely kills the first verse, showing us why he is the talented emcee that he is. Then he calls along Jay-Z to drop a solid verse in terms of what he normally does. But the real star of the show is Nicki Minaj. Her verse has had people taking about her for the longest time. I’ll call it “The Best Guest Appearance of 2010″ as she shows why there is all the hype around here. She seems to change her flow and style of rapping every couple of bars. One of the best posse cuts of the year.

3: Jay-Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (produced by Kanye West)
Another classic record off Jay-Z critically acclaimed The Blueprint album is one of Jay-Z catchiest songs to date. It has lush production from Yeezy which sets the stage perfectly for Jay-Z. You could say Jay and Kanye run the perfect pick and roll on this track, with Kanye holding down the beat and Jay dropping bars.

2: Kanye West – Diamonds Are Forever (Remix) [feat. Jay-Z]
Kanye got a big helping hand from his big brother on a remix to an amazing original record. I’m pretty sure if more people came up with this list, this record will definitely be towards the top. It’s just that big and notable of a collabo between Kanye and Jay.

1: Jay-Z – Takeover (produced by Kanye West)
I don’t even know where to start on this track, maybe with the fact that this is one of the best diss tracks off all time. Made back when there was the huge Nas vs. Jay-Z battle, Hov went off on Nas all over the song. I don’t want to mention some of the disses because there are just too many. You may find this surprising since this track is number one, but I think Nas’ Ether was the better diss record. Not by much, but it was better.

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