While many were sleeping Thursday night, Kanye West’s hiatus came to an abrupt end, whether he wanted it to or not. A new ’Ye record called “Power” leaked to the Internet.
West’s A&R Plain Pat wrote on his Twitter Friday morning, “So waaaack. Working on a record for all those months to see an unfinished leak hit the Net.” Still the record’s release has received plenty of rave reviews on Twitter and elsewhere since the leak.
Indeed he did, but for the past several months, we have been hearing about Kanye working in Hawaii with acclaimed producers such as Pete Rock, Q-Tip and DJ Premier. He was also producing tracks for the likes of Rick Ross and the Clipse. And he recently popped up in New York to preview new songs.
While just about everyone who’s worked with him has declined to speak on specifics, people like Preemo and Pharrell Williams have publicly described the supreme boom bap and hard-core hip-hop edge of West’s upcoming album, Good Ass Job.
“Power” has the global appeal we’ve come to expect from Kanye. The beat has furious drums and guitars, a bass line that body slams your ears and epic wordplay that lyrically releases his frustration.
“I’m living in the 21st Century, doing something mean to it,” he starts off rapping. “Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it/ Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it/ I guess every superhero need his theme music.”
He continues in the chorus: “No one man should have all that power/ The clock’s ticking/ I just count the hours/ Stop trippin’, I’m trippin’ off the power/ Till then f— that!/ The world’s ours.” Then comes the vocal sample of British rock band King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man.”
Kanye then directs his attention toward which has had no problems making fun of the which has made fun of the rapper over the years, especially in the wake of the Taylor Swift incident.
“F— ’SNL’ and the whole cast. Tell ’em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass,” West declares. “More specifically they can kiss my a–hole/ I’m a a–hole?/ You n—as got jokes/ You short-minded n—as’ thoughts is Napoleon/ My furs is Mongolian/ My ice brought the goalies in.”
As “Power” progresses, the Louis Vuitton Don talks about his hiatus.
“I just needed time alone with my own thoughts,” he says. “Got treasures in my mind/ But couldn’t open up my vaults …/ Reality is catching up with me/ Taking my inner child/ I’m fighting for custody.”
As “Power” nears a close, Kanye once again talks about being embroiled in controversy but says his fans still love his music.
“They say I was the abomination of Obama’s nation/ Well, that’s a pretty bad way to start the conversation,” he opines. “At the end of day, goddammit I know I’m killin’ this sh–/ I know damn well y’all feelin’ this sh–.”
Kanye’s label, Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam, has not yet announced a release date for Good Ass Job.