26. Kanye West "Power" (2010) / Kanye West f/ Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz "Power (Remix)" (2010)
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Producer: S1, Kanye West
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
How do you come back after having your friends, industry associates and much of the entertainment business turn their backs on you? The infamous Taylor Swift incident at the VMAs left Yeezy in a bad place. In hindsight, what he did wasn’t that big of a deal (this is entertainment, after all!), but much of the public—not to mention the media and President Obama—seemed reluctant to forgive him. What’s the famous saying? “They build you up to tear you down, to build you up again.”
Kanye knew he had to come back in a compelling manner, and “Power” was the perfect move. “No one man should have all that power,” Yeezy proclaimed, and he knew that he harnessed the power he spoke of. How can one man piss off an entire nation, then turn around and make the most critically acclaimed album of his career? That’s powerful.
While many rappers struggle to regain the position they once held after a public mishap, Kanye was back like he never left. It all goes to show that great music and hit records can change anything. You might be the most hated man on the planet, but if you drop a scorcher, all will be forgiven. Ask R. Kelly.