100 Best Songs of 2013


Kanye West, “Blood on the Leaves”

Kanye West
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Sampling Nina Simone's near sacred "Strange Fruit" – about lynching in the South – to underscore a celebrity-relationship-train-wreck narrative takes ginormous balls. But beneath references to money, molly and abortion is 'Ye wringing startling heart out of his Auto-Tuned self-obsession.

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