That’s How You Let The Beat Build: Popular Songs You Probably Didn’t Realize Kanye West Produced

July 29, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines


At the beginning of the new Millennium, not many people knew who the hell Kanye West was. Though he had been concocting cold beats for folks since the mid ’90s, his hopes and dreams of becoming a major producer in hip-hop and even having the chance to rap didn’t happen overnight. But fast forward to 2013, and he’s one of the biggest artists in the world. Sure, he’s a complete arse at times, but everybody has a Kanye song, or a Kanye-produced song that their iPod can’t live without (just think of the joy you felt when you discovered Bey’s “Party” for the first time…he’s a genius!), and many of the samples he’s used over the years helped bring major musicians and songs from the past back into the forefront. While you know most of his contributions to music, here are a few bangers that you might not have realized he was behind (unless you are a major hip-hop head or stan).

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  • C

    I can’t imagine 03 Bonnie and Clyde with Toni Braxton. It would have been an epic fail.

  • Vandellish

    Alicia Keys should’ve made it a point to hire him for a track or two for each of her albums because IMHO she hasn’t made a better song than ‘You Don’t Know My Name.’ It was both soulful and honest and people loved it. Too bad people don’t always repeat the formula for success.

  • Tee Elyse

    Folks that people always talk about for being “crazy” are usually very gifted!!

  • kierah

    I used to set my alarm to the radio. One morning, I didn’t hit the snooze right away. “You Don’t Know My Name” was playing. The song just mesmerized me. A new classic for sure!

  • original*ijs

    YES KANYE wit your crazy behind! lol

  • Mr. Sunny D

    I guess 2 out of 14 songs that really jumped out to me as being popular is good.. I GUESS

  • jesse4

    Very talented man but people seems to only want to look at the negative I wish him,kim and North all the best.

  • Bella

    This list surprised me. A lot of my favorite songs. Go Ye.

  • Cookie

    Undeniable talent. Crazy as a loon…but one of the BEST.

    • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

      I’m sure all people who are great at something has a flaw in them… Kanye just has a temper…if his mom where still alive I doubt he would be as hostile.
      before ppl start coming for me, yes he did spaz before she passed away but she was able to talk with him afterwards about it. Now he can’t exactly do that. ( yeah he could talk with her Spiritually but not physically).

  • Kiki R.

    For all the folks who think Jay made Kanye

  • thatonegirl

    Comfortable is the only Lil Wayne song I like and the Babyface feature is FIRE!!!!!!

  • What?

    I only like ‘You Don’t Know My Name’.

  • Starrr

    People can hate on him because they think he’s arrogant, but the boys HUGE talent can’t be denied.

    • scandalous7

      took the words out of my mouth

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    Most of these are known that Ye produced. i think Kanye has a verse on This cant be life… idk, i know my cousin used to listen to a lot of the songs Ye was on before he released the College Dropout…

    • thatonegirl

      True, if your a Kanye fan you already know about all of these but not everyone is.

      • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

        That’s true

  • cl

    Should have known Kanye did Get By. That beat is crack.