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Chapter 250: Paper Planes

Conscious rap & pop rap

It’s hard to overstate how much Kanye West changed rap. A holistic thinker with a technician’s ear and a filthy imagination, he may not have been the first hip-hop producer to think in terms of producing ‘songs’ and not just ‘beats,’ but he was the best at it; his experiments opened the genre up tenfold. Of course he’s the perfect anchor for Jay Z on “Takeover,” as Hov brags about turning Nas’ hot line into a hot song. The Coup closes out this set, with Boots Riley proving he was always a movie director on the cinematic “Jesus The Pimp.”
1. Kanye West

All Falls Down

2. Jay Z

Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)

3. Lupe Fiasco

Superstar (ft. Matthew Santos)

4. M.I.A.

Paper Planes

5. Kanye West

Gold Digger (ft. Jamie Foxx)

6. The Roots

Rising Up (ft. Wale and Chrisette Michele)

7. Big Boi

Shine Blockas (ft. Gucci Mane)

8. Jay Z


9. Kanye West

Monster (ft. Jay Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)

10. The Coup

Me And Jesus The Pimp In A '79 Granada Last Night