52. Kanye West f/ GLC & Consequence "Spaceship" (2004)
Album: The College Dropout
Producer: Kanye West
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Kanye’s star has risen so high over the past 10 years, it’s hard to imagine that he was once just a kid with a lot of dreams who worked at The Gap—as a sales assistant at that. On “Spaceship” he rapped: “Let's go back, back to the Gap / Look at my check, wasn't no scratch / So if I stole, wasn't my fault / Yeah I stole, never got caught / They take me to the back and pat me / Askin' me about some khakis / But let some black people walk in / I bet they show off their token blackie.”
His verse was so honest. It represented the working man—the average person who had dreams of one day being so successful that he could return to his old job and gloat in his boss’ face. Honest life experiences like the ones Kanye shared on “Spaceship” made the world fall in love with him and his music. He was a real person who went through the same everyday bullshit as the rest of us. Kanye can stunt all he wants now, but revisiting “Spaceship” is a good way to remember when it was all a dream.