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Complex’s 25 Best Kanye Verses of 2010

BY Scott A. Marlowe

ON December 21, 2010

Complex compiled a list of their top 25 Kanye West verses of 2010.  Kanye made a major comeback this year with the release of his five star classic My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  His comeback started in June with the release of his first single “Power.”  He started releasing music for free every week as part of his “G.O.O.D. Friday” series.  Here’s Complex’s list of The 25 Best Kanye West Verses of 2010.

25. “All of the Lights” (1st Verse) – Kanye West feat. Various Artists
24. “Lookin’ For Trouble” – Kanye West feat. Pusha T, J. Cole, Big Sean, & CyHi Da Prynce
23. “Erase Me” – Kid Cudi feat. Kanye West
22. “Alors On Danse” – Stromae feat. Kanye West & Gilbere Forte
21. “Power (Remix)” (3rd Verse) – Kanye West feat. Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
20. “Don’t Stop” – Child Rebel Soldier
19. “Blazin’” – Nikki Minaj feat. Kanye West
18. “Welcome To The World” – T.I. feat. Kanye West & KiD CuDi
17. “See Me Now” (1st Verse) – Kanye West feat. Beyonce & Charlie Wilson
16. “Deuces (Remix)” – Chris Brown feat. Kanye West, Drake, T.I., Fabolous & Andre 3000
15. “Live Fast, Die Young” – Rick Ross feat. Kanye West
14. “Blame Game” (2nd Verse) – Kanye West feat. John Legend & Chris Rock
13. “Take One For The Team” – Kanye West feat. Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce & Keri Hilson
12. “Lord, Lord, Lord” – Kanye West feat. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson
11. “Hell Of A Life” (2nd Verse) – Kanye West
10. “Lost In The World” – Kanye West feat. Bon Iver
9. “Christian Dior Denim Flow” – Kanye West feat. Pusha T, KiD Cudi, John Legend, Ryan Leslie & Lloyd Banks
8. “Power” (2nd Verse) – Kanye West feat. Dwele
7. “Start It Up” – Lloyd Banks feat. Kanye West, Fabolous, Swizz Beatz & Ryan Leslie
6. “The Joy” – Kanye West feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson & KiD CuDi
5. “So Appalled” – Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, RZA, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & CyHi Da Prynce
4. “Devil In A New Dress” (2nd Verse) – Kanye West feat. Rick Ross
3. “Monster” – Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nikki Minaj & Bon Iver
2. “Dark Fantasy” (1st Verse) – Kanye West
1. “Gorgeous” (3rd Verse) – Kanye West feat. KiD CuDi & Raekwon

Complex says: “Kanye West has only had great verses this year, and still, picking his best was the easiest decision we made. “Gorgeous” is far and away his strongest lyrical performance of 2010, and by the time we get to the song’s third verse, we’re blessed with quotable after quotable after quotable. Where do we even start? There’s the “American Apparel Model” line. There’s the fact that Kanye’s flow is perfect here, piecing together multi-syllabic rhyme schemes effortlessly, and consistently in the pocket. “You blowing up?/That’s good, fantastic” will go down in history as one of the best dismissals of new talent. Damn. This is more than just Kanye’s crowning jewel, this is the rap verse of the year. Think twice before you try to blackball this guy again.”

Do you agree with the order? What verses are missing from the list?

Related: Complete G.O.O.D. Friday Recap