Song: Power ft. Dwele
Artist: Kanye West
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Producer: Symbolyc One & Kanye West
Label: Def Jam / G.O.O.D. Music
Genre: Hip Hop / Alternative Hip Hop
Notes: First single from 5th LP
Analysis: Kanye West is that rare artist that, even in this age of daily consumption and disposal of new music, will get everyone excited. Today, ‘Power’ was quietly leaked to the internet and I haven’t read any reactions yet, but I’m personally going nuts over it right now. The hollowed-out, handclap-aided beat provides ample space for Kanye to kick his weight-of-the-world rhymes. ‘No one man should have all that power‘ he says, but he seems to be handling it pretty well. He’s able to balance 808s-esque dark introspection with his trademark egotism like no other:
‘You short-minded niggas thoughts is Napolean
My furs is Mongolian, my ice brought the goalies in
I embody every characteristic of the egotistic.
He knows, he’s so, fuckin’ gifted.
I just needed time alone with my own thoughts.
Got treasures in my mind, but couldn’t open up my own vault.
My childlike creativity and honesty is honestly being crowded by these grown thoughts.‘
And that King Crimson sample of ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ couldn’t be any more perfect for a larger-than-life man with vulnerability. Glad to have Kanye West back from the autotune universe, and into his true comfort zone; even if he isn’t fully comfortable with it anymore.
EDIT: Well, UMG removed the stream of the song from YouTube, as if that was going to stop it from spreading. But you can listen to it by doing a simple Google search, or listen at Nah Right. OR you could just download it from the convenient link I’ve included at the top of the post, also provided by Nah Right. Someone tell UMG that once it’s out, that’s it/that’s all. A new stream will be up as soon as those dummies come to their senses.