News: Kanye West Fights The "Power" W/ New Record, "They All Said I Was The Obamanation Of Obama's Nation!" [Audio]
Friday, May 28, 2010 10:30AM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has made his official rap game return with the release of his new record, "Power."
His new record leaked online early Friday (May 29) morning and features Dwele.
On "Power," the first single to leak from the sessions, it's soul man Dwele (last seen working with Yeezy on "Flashing Lights") throwing down while Kanye's "tripping on all the power," later on all the "powder," and later "drinkin' and drivin,'" and rhyming "power" with "Austin Powers," and obamanation with "Obama's nation." Granted those rhymes are more The Grade School Drop Out than post-Graduation, but as always the production's the pull -- a slightly sped-up group-vocal sample with handclaps to match -- and this might be after Hearbreak, but shit is still dark in Kanye's world. The song ends with Dwele's crooning "Jumpin' out the window, letting everything go..." and West's punctuation: "Yeah this would be a beautiful death." Someone keep an eye on Ye, yeah? (Stereo Gum)
The song has also been taken notice by rap artists like Wale.
"new music from kanye??? #whynot welcome back mr west"
" tip new tape..ross new tap drake n hov song leaked. kanye got a new joint...how could i not sleep in the studio for a while" (Wale's Twitter)
Last weekend, reports claimed Ye was playing new records in New York City.
He's back! After a long hiatus from the nightlife scene, Kanye West made an appearance at LES hotspot CV on Saturday night. And fans of the "College Dropout" got more than just a sighting. We hear he gave the deejay four tracks from his upcoming album to play for the crowd. "Josh Hartnett and Kid Cudi were both there, and they immediately got up and started dancing," said one spy. "Kanye stayed with his own entourage in a corner booth, but looked pretty pleased." (NY Daily News)
This was later confirmed by producer Scram Jones who was also in attendance.
"Kanye came through. There's a table right by the DJ booth, so they posted up right in front of the booth, and basically, after they hung out for a little while, 45 minutes later, Pat came in the booth and said he wanted to play some new stuff. He had a CD, and we put it in. Kanye leaned over and said, 'Play track three.' They all went nuts, Kid Cudi was dancing on the table, and then we cut it off at about a minute-and-a-half. We went to another record, and that got everybody excited, and Kanye said, 'Play number seven.' That's how it kept happening. By the end of the process, we played four records." (MTV)
Listen to Kanye West's "Power" record below: