The Song: “Never Let Me Down”
Jay’s Sample Lyrics: “First I snatched the street, then I snatched the charts/First I had they ear, now I have their heart”
Kanye’s Sample Lyrics: “It’s gonna take a lot more than coupons to get us saved/Like it take a lot more than doo-rags to get your waves”
The Winner? Jay-Z. At the start of his career, Kanye was clever on the mic and a nice alternative to a lot of the drug-themed lyrics that were dominating the charts. But he was no match for the King of New York over this soul-sampled production from his 2004 debut, The College Dropout.