Complex has placed Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”, from 2007′s Graduation, at the top of its list of 100 best songs of the decade.
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.