Talib Kweli's "In The Mood" (2007)
Album: Ear Drum
Producer: Kanye West
Label: Blacksmith/Warner Bros.
Kanye is going to take the listener for a ride in a lot of his guest verses, especially if they're above 14 bars. Kanye's contradictions are part of his genius and he gracefully embraces them in his verse for "In the Mood," saying he's "The only producer that feel like 'fuck rappers'/Only backpacker with a chip like hackers," and noting "You ain't figured out what I'm about yet/Always rockin that 'this ain't out yet'." But just before his rant on silicone features, he still finds time to keep it real and shoutout the Chi: "But this ain't 'bout that/From a city where niggas plug like outlets."