Kanye West's 10 Greatest Samples Of All-Time

7. I Got A Woman – Ray Charles

With such an enormous collection of hits spanning numerous critically-acclaimed albums, it is hard to decide which of West’s tracks is the greatest floor-filler.

Although there are certainly arguments for some of his later work including POWER and Black Skinhead, his first major hit Gold Digger clinches the title as a guaranteed track on every party playlist ever made.

The track, which heavily samples Ray Charles' 1954 soul classic I Got A Woman, is a masterclass in paying homage to a much admired musical icon, but also updating their work and bringing them to a whole new audience.

West also demonstrated his truly maverick style during the song's production with the addition of guest vocals from Jamie Foxx during the introduction.

A decision which was born purely out of West watching Foxx's Oscar-winning portrayal of the soul star in 2004's biopic Ray.

Although it was an unusual choice, given the lukewarm reception of Foxx's own music, it ultimately paid off when the song rocketed to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 where it remained for a total of 10 weeks.

The song was also nominated for both Record of the Year and Best Rap Solo Performance at the 2006 Grammy Awards, winning the latter.

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