News: Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz, Pusha T & More Add "Power" To Kanye West's Remix
Monday, Aug 16, 2010 11:20AM
Rappers Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz, Pusha T and more are expected to appear on the remix to Kanye West's upcoming "Power" smash hit.
West is also expected to link with Mos Def and John Legend for the remix.
Given his new status as the Titan of Twitter, he, of course, tweeted about the progress of the sessions. "Scheduled studio visits 2day, Nikki [Minaj], John Legend, Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Pusha T, Phillip Lim," he wrote of a remix session that roped in everyone from the newlywed producer he has called one of the greatest of all time (Beatz), to Clipse member T and piano man Legend. He likened the sessions to the all-star power summits of the early jazz era, writing, "remember jazz musicians used to collab and do 4 song albums or James Brown used to just keep dropping sh-- back to back." In that spirit, West added, "I might have to put out 5 albums this year ... My spirit is full ... My heart is open ... People want new music ... I can't hold it back." (MTV)
On Saturday, Swizz Beatz also tweeted about being in the studio with West, Mos Def and Mr. Hudson.
"KANYE, MOS DEF, SWIZZIE PUSHER T & MR HUDSON IN THE STUDIO = ? BECAUSE THATS WHATS GOING DOWN RITE NOW!!!!!!!!!!! #SHOWTIME," he tweeted. (Swizz Beatz's Twitter)
West documented the occasion by releasing a photo of the all-star cast.
Kanye West got some inspiration for his "POWER (Remix)" from three powerful men. Mr. West was in the studio with two of hip-hop's greats, Swizz Beatz and Mos Def, and basketball champ Kobe Bryant while completing the song. "Power ... Me Kobe Swiss and Mos vibing in the studio," Yeezy tweeted along with a Polaroid from their session. "Kobe helped me finish my #POWER remix verse ... Just building on the concept of #POWER... and Mos helped me find the 'old me' lyrically." (Rap-Up)
Earlier this month, West released his "Power" music video.
The clip begins with an up-close shot of Kanye West and pans out to reveal a living portrait of the rapper surrounded by supernatural figures from various historical eras. The clip has the feel of a slow-motion Roman orgy, with West being the Caesar at the center. And then, 90 seconds into the song, that's it. Painting gone. You have to hope there will be an extended version to see soon. (Wall Street Journal)
Check out the "Power" music video down below: