With the end of 2015 closely approaching, a plethora of new celebrities and viral stars have risen to acclaim in America’s pop culture sphere. Yet even as the number of verified Twitter and Instagram accounts continues to grow, there is one name that has been consistently been familiar in households across the country since 2001: Kanye West. Kanye (aka “Yeezus”) has solidified his position as one of the country’s most successful rappers and music producers, going so far to expand his reign that he merged with the Kardashian Dynasty and expressed intentions to run for president in 2020. Regardless of whether we’ll be seeing Kanye on a televised debate, here are ten of the best Yeezus lyrics to date:
1) N****s in Paris: “What’s Gucci my n****? What’s Louis my killa? What’s drugs my deala? What’s that jacket, Margiela?”
Truthfully, the Jay-Z and Kanye collaboration “N****s in Paris” is such a banger that any part could earn a spot on this list. However, you’re no true Yeezus fan if you don’t rap along to these rhetorical questions and the four legendary lines that follow.
2) Homecoming: “But if you really cared for her/Then you wouldn’t have never hit the airport to follow your dreams/Sometimes I still talk to her, but when I talk to her/It always seems like she’s talking ‘bout me.”
The song “Homecoming” is remembered fondly as one of the best song’s from Kanye’s Graduation, but not necessarily for the lyrics. This song provides a rare glimpse at the rapper when he was able to feel emotions and empathy, before he was sacrificed to the gods and reincarnated as Yeezus (aka “Mega-Kanye”).
3) Clique: “I’m way too black to burn from sun rays/So I just meditate at the home in Pompeii/About how I could build a new Rome in one day.”
Move over Julius Caesar and Nero. Emperor Kanye is finally eating at the Republic’s big kids’ table.
4) Touch the Sky: “A hip-hop legend, I think I died/In that accident, cause this must be heaven.”
“Touch the Sky” is essentially a celebratory anthem recognizing how Kanye’s finally made it big, so these lyrics are basically an executive summary of the song. Tell us how the weather is up there Kanye, because down here, it’s raining gold.
5) Gold Digger: “18 years, 18 years/And on her 18th birthday he found out it wasn’t his.”
Putting the entire chorus of “Gold Digger” on this list would’ve been too much of a cop-out, so we narrowed it down to just one of many hilarious lines about women from Kanye’s pre-Kardashian era.
6) All of the Lights: “MJ gone, our n**** dead/I slapped my girl, she called the feds/I did that time and spent that bread.”
It looks like Kanye’s got 99 problems, but a man in the mirror isn’t one of them.
7) New Slaves: “You see it’s broke n**** racism/That’s that ‘Don’t touch anything in the store’/And it’s rich n**** racism/That’s that ‘Come in, please buy more.’”
The album Yeezus is considerably edgier than some of Kanye’s earlier works, and the song “New Slaves” definitely demonstrates this with its critique of how African Americans continue to be mistreated in contemporary American society. As catchy as his lyrics are, the ones in “New Slaves” are a bit more meaningful than others about Gucci and Paris and actually worth analyzing in-depth.
8) I Am A God: “I just talked to Jesus/He said ‘What up Yeezus?’/I said ‘Shit, I’m chilling/Trying to stack these millions.’”
I wish I could’ve been the third wheel for that conversation.
9) Black Skinhead: “They see a black man with a white woman at the top floor they gone come to kill King Kong.”
10) Cold: “To whoever think their words affect me is too stupid/And if you can do it better than me, then you do it!”
Yo Kanye, I’m really happy for you. I’mma let you finish, but Kendrick Lamar had one of the best videos of all time.