Ye Top 7: His Best Produced Songs Ranked

Published 05/25/2024, 11:28 PM EDT

As celebrated a rapper as he is, Ye, formerly called Kanye West, has set the standards high. Apart from his own arsenal of some masterclass works of art, the 'Donda' rapper has also contributed in helping other stars of the music industry to help them climb the ladder. And although he has much more credit to his name than people are willing to give, the world knows where the rapper-producer Music Titan ranks. 

Despite being probably one of the first of the world's best rappers, the Yeezy owner is unmatched when it comes to producing songs for his fellow rappers and musicians. Here are some of his all-time hits as a prod. 

Jay Z's ‘Takeover’ ( The Blueprint, 2001)


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Remembered as one of the greatest diss tracks of the century, this song kept burning the long-standing contentious rap beef between Jay Z and Nas. Aimed at Mobb Deep and him both. As of the 'Vultures' Rapper, Ye gradually turned it from producing for Jay Z to ending Nas’ career in no time.

The rapper sampled The Doors’ 'Five to One' and the 'Sound of Da Police'. As a matter of fact, Ye was still a relatively new producer at the time, but his knack for music and ear for sampling got him the recognition he deserved. Reigned supreme to this date as a legend of hip-hop tracks, this played a significant role in the success stories of both artists. 

Lil Wayne's ‘Let the best build’ (The Carter III, 2008)

If not anything, this rap beat proved nobody knows of the American music roots more than Ye. Legend has it that the 24-time Grammy winner revisits this classic, time and again, as a source of inspiration for his future works to come.

He produced this warm soul track in collaboration with another fan-favorite rapper-producer, Deezy. The song’s aggressive tone is matched by its unpredictable arrangement, as elements constantly drop in and out, keeping listeners in a state of hysteria. 

Travis Scott’s ‘Upper Echelon’

Although this was not Ye’s work alone as a producer, 'Upper Echelon lives on to be called one of the best hip-hop singles, at least in recent times. Along with the Yeezy owner, other titans, who have produced it all together include JGramm Beats, Scott’s collaborator Mike Dean, Anthony Kilhoffer, and Travis Scott the rapper himself. 

Moreover, this anthemic track of 2013, serves as a testament to the powerhouse collaborators that are Travis Scott and Kanye West. Since then, the two visionary artists who coincidentally once shared the same family drama, always brought out the best in each other. As of now, the duo has a list of anticipated hit collaborations planned out for their fans. 

Big Sean’s ‘I Don't F-k With You’

Released as one of the four major tracks from Big Sean's arsenal, this song alone was produced by West and DJ Mustard in collaboration. Referred to as Sean's all-time music mentor, Ye, and Mustard featured in its music video as well, but with a football-themed backdrop. Ye took up the position of the coach for the team advising on the sidelines while guest rapper E-40 also made an appearance. 

Cassie’s 'King of Hearts(Kanye West Remix)'

As one of his many out-of-the-world obsessions, Kanye West has got a thing for unreleased songs in his fort. Since ironically, those are some of his best works that the world does not know of. And the icy dance-pop 'King Of Hearts' tops the list. As much of a masterpiece it was in itself, West further catalyzed the emotional brutality with his remix, making it one of his most underrated yet classic works from 2012.

What makes it stand out is, unlike his typical remix approach, West fully reimagined the track, with his versatility and making a compelling case for his potential to dominate the dance music scene. He flipped the script on Cassie's electro-pop single 'King Of Hearts', transforming it into a colossal dance anthem. The result was a pulsating, monolithic banger that was sure to get crowds moving.

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Drake's ‘Find Your Love'

Along with producing it, Ye West also rewrote the song for Drake. Reports suggest that the song was originally written and produced for hip-hop Queen, Rihanna, but ended up making its way to Drake's lot. It marked one of Drake’s biggest hits, moving a million units and peaking at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 8 on the US Billboard Top 40, courtesy of Ye. Not only did this song give Drake a huge break but it also went on to protect West’s incredible run as one of the best producers of all time.

Twista’s ‘Overnight Celebrity’


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Best known for one of Kanye West’s solo-produced songs, this song recently made its spot in Ye's never-ending list of certified platinum songs with sales of over two million in the United States. Also having bagged a chance at Billboard's Number 6 for Hot 100 Songs, this song also holds a prestigious Grammy nomination. The song received a nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, although it could not make the mark. 

While these make a curated list of the best songs from West's arsenal, his production career spans over two decades, so missouts are obvious. The star went from humble beginnings in Chicago's local scene to global superstardom. His early work with Grav's 1996 album 'Down to Earth' marked the starting point of his immaculate journey, paving the way for his legendary contributions to hip-hop and beyond.


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