When it comes to hip-hop in 2016, Kanye West has been dominating the conversation. Whether it’s a new album, a surprise studio collaboration, teaming up with a major brand or using Twitter as a sounding board, he continuously makes headlines for every move he makes.

Last month, Yeezy dropped his seventh solo LP, The Life of Pablo, after four title changes, edited tracklists and a seemingly endless amount of collaborators. While his road to debuting the project was quite the journey of triumphs and tribulations, the music is what matters most. To get to this point, the Chi-town MC has blessed fans with solid, standout material ranging from mixtape cuts, album singles and Grammy-winning efforts over the years.

With so many songs in this rap powerhouse’s catalog, XXL is highlighting some of the best and pitting them against each other to find out which one reigns supreme according to you, the fans. We started out with 32 tracks, selected from his seven albums, to compete. Round one in the bracket competition has ended and now we're on to round two. "Through the Wire" and "Slow Jamz" are vying for the win.

First up, Kanye’s “Through the Wire” vs. “Monster.” ‘Ye’s 2003 debut single, “Through the Wire,” was recorded in a unique situation: with his jaw wired shut. After a near-fatal car accident, West didn’t let a broken jaw stop him and let loose the first track off his first album, The College Dropout. The world not only realized his dedication to his craft but also felt his pain through his bars.

“Slow Jamz” is a Kanye cut that will never grow old. Appearing on both Kanye’s debut album, The College Dropout, and Twista’s fourth studio LP, Kamikazethe Jamie Foxx-adorned classic owned the charts for 22 weeks, making it all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Devil in a New Dress” is more of a cult classic. The song sits at No. 8 on Yeezy’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and features Rick Ross. The track hits hard with a  soulful sample of Smokey Robinson’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”

Now it’s time to vote. Think hard and place your vote in the poll below for your favorite song: Kanye’s “Through the Wire” or “Slow Jamz.” This round ends on March 18 so make your vote count. You can vote once per hour until the poll closes.


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