Well then! While Dr. Dre talks up Jay-Z–featuring singles that never materialize, Kanye goes and drops a new jam without a peep of advanced publicity: This morning, “Power,” assumably the first single off Good Ass Job, found its way to the Internet. So, yes, thankfully Kanye’s back to rapping — about himself and about how a lot of people think he’s a huge jerk. Here, allow 'Ye to explain himself, partially in the third person: “Now I embody every characteristic of the egotistic/He know, he 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.” That clears it up! The sound on “Power” is instantly recognizable — most reminiscent of the kind of spacey epicness on “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” — and it’s sure great to know Kanye can dip back into his trademark style whenever he wants. Also on here: a prominent King Crimson sample; Dwele on the bridge contemplating, metaphorically we hope, suicide; and the lines “Fuck SNL and the whole cast/Tell 'em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass.” Okay, now that’s how you get people excited for your new album!
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