The 100 Best Kanye West Songs

86. Malik Yusef f/ Kanye West & Common "Wouldn't You Like To Ride" (2003)

Album: The Great Chicago Fire: A Cold Day In Hell
Producer: Kanye West
Label: Self-Released


Frequently miscredited as a Kanye West song, “Wouldn’t You Like To Ride,” actually belonged to spoken-word artist Malik Yusef. The Chi-Town poet was probably best known for his interludes on Common albums, but dropped a solid debut in 2003 with The Great Chicago Fire: A Cold Day In Hell. The album was a true taste of Chicago, and featured Common and Yeezy’s drunken freestlye battlein 1996.

The track featured the patented Yeezy chipmunk soul that first put him on the map, and came with a low-budget video from Coodie & Chike which was shot in the back of a rented limo. Malik, who won a Grammy for his writing on “All of the Lights,” is still actively working with Kanye and will be contributing to the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music album.

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