I warnedyou that this bracket was brutal. I could easily see this being my top 4 songs in this whole bracket. The fact that I have to pick one out of this group is just unfair. Let’s start with the battle of the big horns. Both these songs have great beats, though I give the slight edge to All of the Lights for originality and kick. However, this edge isn’t as big as the edge I give lyrically to Touch the Sky. “Before anybody wanted K-west beats me and my girl split the buffet at KFC. Dog I was having nervous breakdowns like man these ninjas that much better than me?!” No Kanye, they are not. Touch the Sky gets the victory here.
#3 Can’t Tell Me Nothing vs. #7 Dark Fantasy
- Can’t Tell Me Nothing may very well be my favorite radio hit of Kanye’s. The song just oozes baller. But Dark Fantasy is just one of those songs for me. It combines an incredibly catchy beat with lyrics that hit hard throughout the song. “Too many Urkel’s on your team that’s why your Winslow.” Another very close call, but I give the slight nod to Dark Fantasy here.
#1 Gold Digger vs. #5 Slow Jamz - As tough as the last bracket was, this bracket is pretty easy for me. Slow Jamz is nice, but Gold Digger is just nuts. You will see him on TV, any given SundayWin the Superbowl and drive off in a Hyundai.” I could go on, but I’ve made my point.
#3 Runaway vs. #2 Power – Runaway is so different. The beat of words in the beginning is interesting, and for Christ’s sake, it’s a toast to the douchebags. But Power is just unprecedented. Kanye just has a way of knowing exactly what I want to hear before I know I do. 30 seconds into Power you know it’s a uniquely great song, and it just has to move on here.
College Dropout: 2
Late Registration: 3
808s and Heartbreaks: 0
My Dark Twisted Fantasy: 2
Watch The Throne: 1
#5 In Paris vs. #6 Never Let Me Down - The beat to In Paris is at most 4 notes. It’s your typical Kanye beat. It’s so simple, yet ridiculously catchy. Never Let Me Down has some great lyrics, but I think it’s run in this tournament ends. In Paris is the best track off Watch The Throne, and there are some great songs there. In Paris gets a first class flight to the Final 4.
#5 Diamonds From Sierra Leone vs. #10 Get Em High - Diamonds From Sierra Leone is a masterpiece of storytelling. It takes you on a journey without you even knowing it. It’s a song that stays with you days after you listen to it. One of his best. Having said all that, I like Get Em High here. It has won 3 matches, and I haven’t even mentioned my favorite part yet. Kanye has possibly the most genius introduction to a guest star on a song ever. You can hear the song here.
If you don’t want to listen to the whole masterpiece, just fast forward to the 2:05 mark. Go ahead….I’ll wait….Good stuff right? It has to be Get Em High here in a close one to the Final 4.
#5 Touch The Sky vs. #7 Dark Fantasy – When I started to break down this bracket’s sweet 16 section, I thought that Dark Fantasy was the underdog of the 4. However, I have thought about this longer than any other part of the bracket, and I’ve convinced myself that Dark Fantasy has it. I love Touch the Sky. Love love love it. Lupe kills it here, and Kanye is great. But there’s just something about Dark Fantasy. I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s just a fantastic song. Plain and simple. It has to move on, even over a great song like Touch The Sky.
#1 Gold Digger vs. #2 Power - The only chalk matchup here as the top two seeds have made it to the end. And rightfully so too. As I’ve mentioned before, I love how unprecedented Power is. It’s just so epic, and one of those songs you will hear for years. Then there is Gold Digger. A song that even the people he’s hating on in the song(the diggers) love. That really says something there. That’s Kanye in a nutshell. No matter how much you want to hate him, you have to love him. For that, Gold Digger moves on.
College Dropout: 1
Late Registration: 1
808s and Heartbreaks:-0
My Dark Twisted Fantasy: 1
Watch the Throne: 1
#5 In Paris vs. #1 Gold Digger - We have the new Kanye vs. the old Kanye here. Which one gets the nod? In Paris is a phenomenal song, but a good part of that is the incomparable Jay Z. Meanwhile, on Gold Digger, while Jamie Foxx provides the catchy chorus, it’s all Kanye on the mic. Not only that, but if you have never yelled “we want pre-nup” when Kanye tells you to say we want prenup: raise your hand. Now take that hand and slap yourself in the face for lying to me. In Paris’s run ends here. Gold Digger moves on to the finals.
#10 Get Em High vs. #7 Dark Fantasy - A matchup here of two non-radio hits in the final four. Dark Fantasy has already made its way through one of the hardest brackets ever, and yet, it won’t be going any further. Get Em High has made it all the way to the final 4, and I haven’t even mentioned Talib and Common’s verses here. “Real rappers is hard to find…like a remote.” So simple. So sick. As much as I absolutely love Dark Fantasy, Get Em High moves to the finals. It has a beat, flow, and lyrics unlike any other Kanye song.
College Dropout- 1
808s and Heartbreaks-0
My Dark Twisted Fantasy-0
Watch The Throne-0
#1 Gold Digger vs. # 10 Get Em High - The ultimate David Vs. Goliath in the final. We have one huge radio hit versus a song that most of the common radio audience hasn’t heard. A top seed in the bracket versus a double digit seed. Well anyone who knows the story of David vs. Goliath knows the outcome here. Gold Digger is fantastic, and a song that I will be listening to until I die. The chorus is catchy, the lyrics are great. It’s one of Kanye’s best older songs. But then there’s Get Em High. Its old school Kanye, where his incredible flow is only matched by the wittiness of the lyrics. The way he delivers those opening two lines makes you realize that this is going to be a great song. Tag on Talib and Common, and it’s hard to find a better song. I personally can’t, and for that, the winner of the Kanye West bracket is: Get Em High.
Thank you if you made it to the end, I hope you enjoyed my bracket. My buddy did his own bracket, and his final four were All Falls Down, Power, Diamonds, and Through The Wire, with Through The Wire beating Power in the finals. I can’t argue with much there, and that’s the beauty of a project like this. There is no right or wrong answer. In the end, we all win. Thank you Kanye. Here’s hoping I release a sequel to this bracket in 10 years with a whole new list of songs. Keep it up sir. Thanks for reading.
Let me know song you think is Kanye’s best the comments!