The 100 Best Kanye West Songs

92. Talib Kweli f/ Kanye West, Jay-Z, Mos Def & Busta Rhymes "Get By (Remix) (2003)"

Album: Quality
Producer: Kanye West
Label: Rawkus/UMVD


Talib Kweli was an early supporter and believer of Kanye West. So much, in fact, that he tapped Yeezy (who was then pretty much unknown as a rapper) to tour with him in 2002. He also snagged a few Yeezy beats for his Quality album. The standout of the bunch was “Get By,” which took on a life of its own, and became Kweli’s most commercially successful record to date. So big that it commanded an all-star remix. High profile names like Mos Def, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, and Kanye joined backpack’s poster boy to create one of New York’s best posse cuts. It was a huge look for Kanye, who was only known as a Roc-affiliated producer at the time. Yeezy got by and got over on this record.

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