Album: Quality
Producer: Kanye West
Label: Rawkus/UMVD

Talib Kweli was an early supporter and believer of Kanye West. So much, in fact, that he tapped Yeezy (who was then pretty much unknown as a rapper) to tour with him in 2002. He also snagged a few Yeezy beats for his Quality album. The standout of the bunch was “Get By,” which took on a life of its own, and became Kweli’s most commercially successful record to date. So big that it commanded an all-star remix. High profile names like Mos Def, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z, and Kanye joined backpack’s poster boy to create one of New York’s best posse cuts. It was a huge look for Kanye, who was only known as a Roc-affiliated producer at the time. Yeezy got by and got over on this record.