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Kanye West Spent "5,000 Hours" Writing the Lyrics for "Power"

8/17/2012




KANYE WEST
made a big change in his process when he did the album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy".     He started actually physically WRITING his lyrics down.

He says, "I didn't write my raps down for my first four albums.  I just did it from the head straight to the booth.   But on 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy', I wrote it because I really put myself in the zone that my life was dependent on the success of this album.   With that being the case, I said, 'You know what?  No matter what anybody says about me, I can write something that can make someone that hates me the most have to really respect or love the song.'  So even a song like 'Power', [I] spent 5,000 hours writing it, and it's really the psychology behind the lyrics.  It's not just blatantly, 'I've got all the powers' . . . [it's] 'No one man should have all that power.'  It's word[ed] in a really sensitive way that opens it up for everyone." 

Here's a YouTube link to "Power" and its lyrics.