The 100 Best Kanye West Songs

51. Kanye West & Jay-Z "Gotta Have It" (2011)

Album: Watch The Throne
Producer: The Neptunes, Kanye West
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Def Jam


“Gotta Have It” was the sixth (count it!) single released from Jay and Ye’s epic collabo album Watch The Throne. It managed to chart on Billboardand go gold—an impressive feat for a sixth single. The Neptunes gave The Throne a beat that didn’t sound at all Neptunesey, incorporating a slew of James Brown samples, layered with Middle Eastern flutes and gut-punching bass.

Little Brother and Big Brother exchanged verses, kicking their typical rich rapper shit, while finishing each other's lines: “Made a left on Nostrand Ave, we in Bed Stuy/Made a right on 79th I’m coming down South Shore Drive.”

Fun Fact: While in Chicago for a Watch The Throne tour stop, Kanye and Jay went to 79th and South Shore Drive to recreate the scene they rapped about, surprising residents of the neighborhood. They ran the clip while performing “Gotta Have It” on the second night of their Chicago stay.

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