#17. Kanye West - Jesus Walks

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As 2009, and the decade come to a close, PMA will be looking back at our favorite songs of the last ten years. We will update a list with 75 empty slots until we reach that song that changed everything. You can keep track of this list by keeping an eye on this page. We make these lists in hopes that you guys will chime in the comments and share your favorite musical moments of the noughties.

It’s the 2005 GRAMMYs and a young, new rapper has taken the stage. He's Kanye West, and a quick Google check tells me he nearly died in a car crash and had steadily built his reputation over the past year. As with most rap artists, I gave West one performance to sell me. And with a majestic, theatrical, over-the-top performance of "Jesus Walks," ultimately his greatest song, West did more than that. He wowed me, shocked me, recreated a music video in a live setting before my very eyes. He had more passion than any other musician I’d ever seen, rapped every lyric like it was his last, rose from the ashes with wings as if he truly believed he was Jesus.

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Now, as the decade closes, we know that isn’t too far from the truth. He’s the self-proclaimed "voice of the generation," and he feels that his opinion is always the right one. But all of this adds to West’s image, his legend, if you will. “Jesus Walks” let the world know that Kanye was someone new, someone different, and someone important. Five years later, although he is indeed a “jackass” as the President says, we know he is still as important and relevant as ever.


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