Album: Late Registration
Producer: Kanye West, Jon Brion
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

After Kanye’s remix of Maroon 5’s “This Love” blew up, Adam Levine returned to the favor by jumping on Ye’s “Heard Em Say.” The track featured luscious piano chords with Levine gently crooning atop them. But despite the song sounding like a hip-hop lullaby, Kanye was kicking that real shit. While “Heard Em Say” might’ve sounded light-hearted and friendly, the content definitely wasn’t: “Where I’m from the dope boys is the rock stars/But they can’t cop cars without seeing cop cars/I guess they want us all behind bars.”