The 100 Best Kanye West Songs

35. Kanye West & Jay-Z "The Joy" (2011)

Album: Watch The Throne
Producer: Pete Rock, Kanye West, Mike Dean, Jeff Bhasker
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Def Jam


When “The Joy” leaked as part of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Fridayseries, fans were overjoyed to hear Jay-Z and Kanye West over a Pete Rock beat. It was only right that the “new version of Pete Rock” would work with the actual Pete Rock at some point. The biggest surprise, however, was that the beat Pete provided for “The Joy” was 13 years old. Yeezy sounded impeccable over his production idol’s lush soundscape, but the occasion wasn’t exactly joyous for everyone.

In the midst of watching the throne, someone forgot to call blues/soul legend Syl Johnson to clear the sample from his 1967 tune “Different Strokes.” Upset about the jacking of his beat, Syl filed a lawsuit in the Illinois Federal court, alleging he was stiffed of credit. The situation stung even harder because Kanye had worked with Syl and his daughter Syleena (“All Falls Down”) in the past. But all’s well that ends well: in early 2012 the parties settled out of court. Happy happy, joy joy.

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