The 100 Best Kanye West Songs

18. Kanye West f/ Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver and Rick Ross "Monster" (2010)

Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Producer: Kanye West, Mike Dean, Plain Pat
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam


Very rarely do posse cuts hit with a boom anymore. Nowadays, you’re lucky to get even two of the featured artists in the same room at the same time. Who needs chemistry when there’s email? “Monster” was one of the exception, however. No one mailed it in, because no one wanted to get murdered on their own shit. Ross’ opening verse was short and sweet, and Ye and Jay both brought their A game, but newcomer Nicki Minaj stole the show with her schizophrenic roller coaster of a verse. Nicki recalled her experience recording “Monster” with Kanye to Complex’s Noah Callahan-Bever:

“I stayed late sometimes, but I was always getting sleepy. I get up at 6 in the morning, so midnight is late for me. One time he caught me nodding off, and I thought maybe he would kick me out. I've never been so embarrassed in my life. You know how you're sitting up and you don't realize that you've just fallen asleep, but it feels like an eternity? When I picked up my head from sleeping, he was looking at me in the strangest way I've ever been looked at by a human being. He pulled his shades down and he looked and said, ‘Oh, she's sleeping?’ I wanted to crawl under a rock and die.”

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