5. Kanye West f/ Kid Cudi & Raekwon "Gorgeous" (Verse 3)
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
"Gorgeous," as a whole, might be Kanye's best lyrical outing ever. The sample of The Turtles' "You Showed Me" sets the tone, Kid Cudi's hook ranks among his best, but Ye's rhymes about the ugly nature of race in America are perfection. There's so much to here, it's hard to pick a favorite verse.
But after discussing cops who look like Alec Baldwin in the first verse and using a fish-stick as a weapon in a revenge fantasy against South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it's the dramatic ending that's the best. Casually brushing off new jacks with a line like, "You blowing up? That's good, fantastic," Kanye's just gearing up to the couplet that probably best summerizes his experience as a famous person, his perseverance and bravery in facing the limelight's harsh glare. "The same people that tried to black ball me/Forgot about two things, my black balls." â€”Insanul Ahmed