29. Kanye West "Champion" (2007)
Producer: Brian "All Day" Miller, Kanye West
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Over a perfectly chopped sample of Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne,” courtesy of Brian “All Day” Miller, Kanye spouts off about what it takes to be number one—a numerical position he feels he has earned. The song contains the typical Kanye shit-talking we’ve grown accustomed to, with Yeezy stunting about shopping so much he “can speak Italian” and how the dropout “keeps kids in school.”
The song resonated with fans, and it landed on the Billboard Hot 100 without being officially released as a single. This forced the label's hand, who eventually released an Olympic-themed video starring Kanye in puppet form. Like its namesake, the song was a true champ.