Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Producer: The RZA, Kanye West, No I.D.
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

“I fantasized ’bout this back in Chicago/Mercy, mercy, me/That Murcielago" was how Kanye kicked off his fifth album. It was powerful. It was Kanye thinking back to simpler times in Chicago, when he was making five beats a day for three summers, dreaming of the day he’d whip a Lambo. But now Kanye was on top, and brash enough to smack your favorite DJ for not having any Yeezy in their Serato.

The beat impacted like a cannon, and was the product of Ye, No ID and The RZA—a production dream team if there ever was one. But what you may not know is that the beat was first offered to Jay-Z. Then Drake. They both passed. No ID told Complex:

“That actually started out as a Blueprint 3 record. It was going to be the intro for that album. Then Jay changed his mind, so we revamped the record and gave it to Drake. That record ended up going through a lot of phases. While I was in Hawaii, RZA came down and had a beat—but before that Pete Rock had given us a beat and then he ripped the drums and made it the rap part of it. The parts that me and Ye did was the chorus and the musical parts. Everything was done separately and a lot of different people contributed. Then Nicki did the intro and it went crazy. That’s one of my favorite records, just because of all the emotions that came with it.”