While I will never, EVER, concede to crying at the conclusion of David Frankel's neo-classic Marley and Me, lets just say my ciliary muscles conveniently experienced a slight build-up of moisture right around the moment Marley's health took a turn for the worse. "Blame Game" is the rap equivalent of Marley and Me. Not merely because I sympathize with Kanye's relationship woes (which I absolutely do), but rather due to the fact that despite both are incredible works of art I don't feel the need to experience either ever again. Frankly, it's depressing and hits far too close home. My dog will one day return to the essence (GOD willing before I do), and my Queen did indeed recently "wake up and not love me no more". However, that doesn't take away from the greatness of either piece. In fact, it speaks to the strength of the narratives presented in each respective project. Kanye West could care less about being fair and balanced. In his mind his significant other didn't play fair, consequently green-lighting his tangent.
This list was compiled based on how much I listened to each particular song. For instance, Nas' "Victory" isn't THAT much better than Fat Joe's "I'm Gone". The numerical order was simply a function of the amount of spins received for each track. "Blame Game" may have not received much burn, but it would be negligent not to recognize it's beauty. Kanye recorded "Blame Game" within the eye of the storm. It's brutally honest, completely self-unaware, and absolutely bias. This is the closest we're going to get to "Wild Flower" in 2010. God bless Kanye West.
Kanye West & John Legend - Blame Game