Kanye West debuts 'Power' video: Yes, but what does it mean??

kanye-west_240.jpg Image Credit: Foc Kan/WireImage.comKanye West debuted his video for “Power” tonight, a short, somewhat confusing burst of imagery that leaves most everything to the imagination. West, draped in heavy gold blingery, stands center frame with the whites of his eyes glowing fiercely against a backdrop evoking the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, if it was painted in the pyramids. Men and women move in slow motion tableau, some bearing obvious Egyptian symbolism (horns evoking the goddess Hathor), some clashing with swords, some just sort of writhing like lost extras from Caligula. You can watch the very short but very crowded clip after the jump. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before West tweets a picture of a fancy sink by way of explanation, but while we’re waiting, what does it all mean, Mixers??

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  • JC


    • Jay

      worthless trash from a worthless human being.
      nothing to see here, move along people

      • Mr. So And So

        so much bitterness…in reality kanye and swift are doing just fine and you’re still in mom’s basement

      • Jay

        My hatred of Kanye has NOTHING to do with the Taylor Swift this… he was a worthless human being long before that “incident”

      • Jay’s mom

        You don’t care about black people.

      • Jay

        what?!?! who said anything about black people?!?! are you racist or something?

      • Proud AA

        Kanye is a digrace to the African-American community. His bullsh!t rheotoric and racist antics are not acceptable.

  • Tye-Grr

    I wonder when he’s going to release the full video. If that’s it, I’ll be pissed! LOL

  • mdh

    It means he can’t rhyme worth a damn. Punchlines = fail

  • Jim Valmer

    It means that he’s a gay fish.

  • April

    I think he tweeted that it wasn’t a video but a painting – I didn’t think he meant that literally.

  • E-Hustle

    I thought the video,…err. 90 sec painting was completely original and amazing. I hope they leave it as in and don’t later on release a full version of the song.
    This is a 1st of it’s find for a music video to be this short. They art is great.
    With all that say, it leaves me a little confused about the story? If you look at comments online you will get a billion different point of views. maybe that was his goal.
    I am not a fan of the song that much, but this video makes me more interested.
    Better than the Eminem Love The Way You Lie video which did that incredible song no justice.
    Why is my boy Em in a corn field? WTF?
    Anyways, Recovery is the album of the year thus far and I can’t see anything else preventing Marshall Mathers from collecting every damn Grammy Award next year including Album of the Year.

    • E’s bro

      cool story bro

    • Bubba

      I think KiD CuDi and Mr. West will give Mathers a run for his money at the Grammys. The three singles (Erase Me feat. Kanye, REVOFEV, and Mojo So Dope) from CuDi’s new album are amazing. And Kanye’s comeback of sorts will help him if the album is as good as Power.

    • desion

      that video mean more than what it is showing what he mean by one person shouldt have all that power is he talk about god

  • Chad

    kinda amazing the imagery

  • mark

    love the song, love the video more

  • C.

    waiting for the kick

    • Bubba

      Is this a Inception reference? Because if it is, I agree. The video, I mean painting, is pretty EPIC!

  • u

    Four words to describe it: PRETENTIOUS SACK OF SH*T.

  • Bubba

    Kanye and CuDi are the best in the game.

  • Lucca.Ita

    The first thing my wife asked when she saw this was, “Who does he think he is, God?”…. I couldn’t answer her, because I’m not sure..

    • leroy grey

      actually, he’s in hell. the chains on his neck, the darkness behind him, the horned guiards, the sword of Damocles hanign over his head, the girl with the dagger approaching him, the violence and fireworks surrounding, the debauchery… he’s not in heaven, he’s in hell…

    • wayne

      i agree after seeing this video .it made think ! kanye is amazing his music is out of this world ! but maybe he thinks to much of himself ! der is no god

  • K

    tell your wife to listen to the lyrics of the song. Does anyone who make these comments even listen to hip hop?
    Leaves the guys antics out of the equation. Yes we all know Kayne is crazy but he is also a genuis. Name another artist in hiphop that has the same vision as this guy? I guess your wife would have been content with seeing another rap video degrading women.

    • sarah d

      Genius is a little strong.

      • Sawsan

        Posted on I similar to this site ellray much, Its the ellray good berth to review as well as catch info. He is the self-made man, ellray most in adore with his creator. by Benjamin Disraeli.

  • Nick Combs


    • u

      God, the term “hater” is so overplayed… has it occurred to you that someone may genuinely dislike this song/his music/himself without it being personal?

  • bobbyv

    K, I listened to hip hop years ago, and stopped listening when the crappy, unimaginative dribble that rappers like Kanye and his peers throw out began being considered poetic and “art”. And I’ve yet to hear a single Kanye song that’s has ever had me thinking he was a genius.

    • Genaygonce

      We all kno that kanye is a devil whorshiper i mean ppl open ur eyez do u hear da lyrics have u seen da video hello hes an illuminati member and our real father is not god cause god is dog backwards and our real father is YAHUAH i used to believe in god but i found some info about the truth an im not makin this up at all people (I WARN YOU LISTEN!!)

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