18. Kanye West f/ GLC & Consequence "Spaceship"
Album: The College Dropout
Kanye raps about damn near everything, but if there's one subject that seems to be his favorite, it's his career. On "Spaceships," Kanye takes us into the earliest stages of his come up, so early that he doesn't have any success to speak of. What makes this verse so great, besides the excellent storytelling and classic lines like "But let some black people walk in/I bet you they show off their token blackie," is the raw emotion you can hear in Ye's voice. When he says, "Lock yourself in a room doing five beats a day for three summers" not only can you picture him doing just that, but you can feel his dedication, frustration, and hunger. If you ever forget where the dude who just dropped 750 K on gold toilets came from, peep this verse for a refresher. —Max Goldberg