Top 10 Guest Appearances on Kanye Songs

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We all know that Kanye West is an amazing rapper, producer, and artist overall, but he’s also exceptional at acquiring features. In fact, some artists have delivered the best verses of their entire careers on Kanye tracks. Let’s review the top 10 features:

10. Rick Ross on “Devil in a New Dress”

Rozay starts his verse off with a Greek mythological theme:

Lookin' at my bitch I bet she give your ass a bone
Lookin' at my wrist it’ll turn your ass to stone
Stretch limousine, sipping Rosé all alone
Double-headed monster with a mind of his own

This verse was literally recorded at the last minute, however it was already a great track before his verse was added. So why was his verse added to the song? Because he killed it. His rough voice accompanied the beat in a smooth manner, as Ross took over the entire final two minutes of the song, leaving an impressive mark on MBDTF.

9. Cam'Ron on “Gone”

Knock knock, who’s there Killa Cam, Killa who
Killa Cam, hustler, grinder, guerilla true

Killa Cam’s flow on this track perfectly compliments the soulful ‘Ye production, as he elaborates on his chinchilla fur and other braggadocio topics.

Speaking of this song, it recently hit the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 20, 8 years after its initial release.

8. Frank Ocean on “No Church in the Wild”

Even though it isn’t a verse, this makes the list because Frank delivered potentially the best hook of all time. If not that, it’s at least the best hook of 2011.

Human beings in a mob
What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a God?
What’s a God to a non-believer who don’t believe in anything?
Will he make it out alive? Alright, alright, no church in the wild

7. Nicki Minaj on “Monster”

Her verse on this song is literally her only good verse in her entire career.

6. Big Sean on “Looking For Trouble”

In this verse, we get a glimpse at a #rare side of Big Sean.

I’m just a Westside lover
I leave females in my sheets and all my feelings in a rubber

In his verse, Sean steps up to the plate, showing that he can hold his own on a big-time G.O.O.D. Friday track. Although he’s known for his laid-back flow, he comes off intensely on this track, using many thought out metaphors. Like most of the verses in this list, this is most likely the best we’ve ever heard from Sean.

5. Lupe Fiasco on “Touch the Sky”

While Lupe didn’t exactly spit the best verse of his career on this track, this placement cemented his name in the hip-hop culture.

I’m trying to stop “lion” like I’m Mumm-Ra
But I’m not lyin' when I’m laying on the beat
En garde

Filled with complex entendres and a, for Lupe, typical display of intense wordplay, Lupe’s verse capped off what would come to be a radio sensation.

4. Pusha T on “So Appalled”

I don’t care what anybody says, Pusha T is the PERFECT compliment to any Kanye West song. The roles that he plays on tracks with Ye show that he can accompany Ye in every way, and that he was the perfect addition to G.O.O.D. Music.

I speak the gospel, hostile
Tony doing time for what he did to nostrils
Paranoid mind, I’m still under the watchful
Eye of the law, aspire for more
Them kilos came, we gave you Bobby Brown jaw

This verse provides a perfect mixture of everything that Pusha is great at; flow, braggadocio content, drug references, and an overall “fuck you” attitude.

3. Jay Z on “Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)”

On this “Roc” remix of Kanye’s famous “Diamonds From Sierra Leone,” Hova cuts into Ye’s second verse in a very Ye-like fashion.

This remix takes a Roc-a-fella inspired turn, twisting the meaning of the song into a Roc nation ballad (since Hova is known for “throwing the diamond in the sky.”)

Jay really made a statement for his business side in this song, elaborating on selling cds (instead of cocaine), the artists he had signed at the time period, and this gem:

I’m not a businessman
I’m a business, man!

2. J. Cole on “Looking For Trouble”

This is the second appearance of “Looking For Trouble” on this list, and for good reason. J. Cole Slaw GIVENCHY KILT THAT SHIT. I, personally wouldn’t expect this kind of verse from Jermaine, but on this song, I was thoroughly pleased with his performance.

Fucking hoes while teachin' niggas to hold your sons
This the rap Moses, scratch that, Mary and Joseph’s son
High as fuck with a cold flow and a loaded gun
Never say I’m better than Hov', but I’m the closest one

Where was this Jermaine on Born Sinner?

1. CyHi The Prynce on “So Appalled”

Most of you are probably all like “wut” right now, so let me explain why CyHi’s feature on “So Appalled” is the best feature verse on ANY Kanye song, and obviously the BEST feature verse of ALL-TIME.

  • CyHi is like the dark horse of G.O.O.D. Music; severely underrated and doesn’t get enough big placements
  • CyHi completely SNAPPED on this track!
  • THIS GUY WASN’T EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE ON IT!

CyHi said this about his verse to RapRadar:

I wasn’t supposed to be on ‘So Appalled’. People don’t know that. I kinda cheated. [Kanye] said, ‘Can you think of something to write on the hook?’ I peeped he was kinda sleepy at the time. So he went to sleep, went to the room or something. I stayed in the studio and I said I’m not gonna just do no hook. I’m gonna do my verse.”

I did a verse and didn’t tell him the verse was on there and I hid it. He was playing the album for some very important musicians and he played the song. He don’t know my verse is gonna come on and everybody in the room goes bananas. He said, “I gotta keep it.”

If KANYE FUCKING WEST wants to keep your spontaneous, sneaky verse on one of the best songs he’s ever made, that in itself is worthy of the top spot on this list.

PLUS, CyHi said some great lines in his verse:

If God had a iPod, I’d be on his playlist

I met this girl on Valentine’s Day, fucked her in May
She found out about April, so she chose to march


From this, it’s pretty safe to say that Kanye brings out the best in everybody he works with.