Kanye West once said that his music is “the code to self-esteem. If you’re a Kanye West fan, you’re not a fan of me. You’re a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself. I’m just the espresso. I’m just the shot in the morning to get you going, to make you believe you can overcome that situation that you’re dealing with at that time.”
With that in mind, here are some of the most inspiring Kanye West songs, guaranteed to give you a shot of confidence.
Touch the Sky
Come up in the spot looking extra fly / ’fore the day I die, I’mma touch the sky
Touch the Sky is undeniably one of Kanye West’s most upbeat, catchy songs, and a highlight on his excellent sophomore album Late Registration.
I ask ’cause I’m not sure / do anybody make real shit anymore?
Stronger is one of West’s biggest singles to date. The music video pays homage to Akira, providing an insight into West’s non-music related interests.
Gotta Have It
Triumphant and bouncy, Gotta Have It is one of the most infectiously joyous tracks on the Kanye West/Jay-Z collaboration Watch the Throne.
Hello my only one / just like the morning sun / you’ll keep on rising till the sky knows your name
Kanye West’s heartfelt tribute to his mother and his daughter was a welcome surprise after the sheer edginess of Yeezus. West turned to autotune to express the depth of his emotion for his loved ones, providing the same intimate, stripped-down feel as 808s and Heartbreak.
I said momma I’mma love you till you hurt no more / and when I’m older, you ain’t gotta work no more / and I’mma get you that mansion that we couldn’t afford
Hey Mama is easily one of West’s most emotional songs to date. It can never fail to remind you of the value of one of the biggest blessings in life – your mother.
All Day is full-on braggadocio from start to finish, and it sounds like a bonus track from Yeezus to boot. What’s not to like?
Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it / I guess every superhero need his theme music
Although it goes quite dark near the end, Power is almost guaranteed to make you feel like a winner. The music video is incredible, too – be sure to check it out.
Through the Wire
Yo Gee, they can’t stop me from rapping, can they? Can they, Hop?
Although Through the Wire isn’t too remarkable as a song when compared to much of West’s ouvre, it’s truly inspiring because it displays the strength of West’s ambition and tenacity. He recorded the song after his near-fatal car accident, with a wire brace through his jaw.
They used to feel invisible / now they know they invincible
Champion is classic Kanye, replete with horns, swagger, and some excellent storytelling.
Never gave in, never gave up / I’m the only thing I’m afraid of
Amazing was one of the biggest singles from West’s polarizing album 808s and Heartbreak, and for good reason – the beat is incredible.