In Complex’s recently released list of ‘The 100 Best Songs of The Complex Decade,’ they gave the top overall spot to Kanye West’s 2007 single “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” Serving as the lead single off West’s third studio album Graduation, and nominated for Best Rap Song at the 50th Grammy Awards, the song definitely has a place in all hip hop fan’s hearts. While the song did lose the Grammy to another song by West “Good Life,” Complex makes a case for “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by stating:
If there were one song to describe Kanye West and his career, this would be it. A statement, a promise, and a motto, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” set the tone for his defiant third album, Graduation, and gave West his first-ever street anthem.
Attaining the almost impossible, this track resonated with hip-hop purists, college dropouts, and trap stars alike. Recruiting the red-hot DJ Toomp to co-produce the track and inviting Jeezy to add his patented ad-libs was the icing on the cake. This was the exact moment in West’s career when he went from rapper to international superstar.
Below you can check out the Top 10 honorees, while the full list is available by clicking here.
10. Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell – Drop It Like It’s Hot
9. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
8. Rick Ross featuring Styles P – B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)
7. Kid CuDi – Day N Nite
6. M.I.A. – Paper Planes
5. R. Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
4. Lil Wayne – A Milli
3. Eminem – Lose Yourself
2. 50 Cent – In Da Club
1. Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing
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