Kanye West Changes "Power" Lyrics In SNL Return

In Kanye West's highly-anticipated return to Saturday Night Live, the Chi-Town emcee got creative with some lyrics.

After Kanye West dissed Saturday Night Live in his song "Power," fans wondered what the rapper's return to the show would bring.

West confirmed some tension via his Twitter account (@KanyeWest), Tweeting, "25 Minutes to dress rehearsal ... Just saw [executive producer] Lorne Michaels ... uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum .... Akwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard LOL!"

In a surprising move, West began his performance with "Power," on an all-white stage that mimicked the imagery of the song's music video. But when it came to the second verse with the SNL, diss, 'Ye elected to use new lyrics. "The brown hero, live from Ground Zero / Machine gun flow, made her get a Ross Perot / And this is disestablishmentarianism / With my night goggles on, got military vision / And it’s still a very Christian way to think about livin’ / When you prayin’ for freedom ’cause your mind been in prison / ‘Cause they tryin’ to control every single big decision
You ain’t effin’ the system, then why the eff is you livin’? / Look, dawg, you can cop whatever suits you on / Three-piece, cuff links and the accouterments / They been feedin’ us ish without the nutrients / So I’m back with another hit to let the truth be known / And your boy still fresh with the Gucci on / Them Italians sure know how to make what the moodies want / And they really can’t take what Doobie on / But I be on the same thing ’til you prove me wrong"

Afterwards, Kanye brought out Pusha T for "Runaway," which followed the pattern of their MTV Awards performance.

99 Comments

  • not black white

    stupid lady gaga does the same shit. doesn't matter if you are black/white. if this "hip hop" site kept plugging that idiot over and over again I'd write the same stuff about her. its not black/white dude. its not. There is economic diversity in this country and world because of corporations who control the media to brainwash and deceive all in the name of financial profits. The same corporations who control kanye/lady gaga. Those are the people who contribute to economic diversity. its not black/white.

  • C

    I could go on all night writing about this guy. He's got a thousand gems on here. I encourage everyone to scroll down and read them all; I can't kill ALL the BS he's spitting: "And it's 2010 people need to get off this race shit already, where all ONE, all human beings and putting us into categories only seperates us and furthers nothing!" Yes! We're all ONE RACE! Let's join hands and sing songs together! Fam I used to think like you did; then I GREW THE FUCK UP. You can't be a person of color, because no-one who's a minority would spit some hopelessly naive bullshit like that. We're all the same, huh? Then why such a huge disparity in economics, education, employment between whites and minorities? Why are the drug enforcement laws in this country indirectly much harsher on people of color (see: minimum sentences for CRACK vs COCAINE possesion)? What fucking bubble are you living in? White folks hold the institutional, political, and economic reigns in this country; Kanye been speaking on that shit since "All Falls Down": Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack And a white man get paid off of all of that .....but he speaking for "the media machine". Please

    • OMG

      you're making it a black/white thing. its not a black/white thing. its a media/corporation/people/fans thing you used the word "kill" in your post. Here I was saying I wish you the best and was telling you good luck. Ceo's & corporations own the institutional, economic & political reign in this country. A lot of those people have foreign ties to other countries. you're trying to make it black/white. again that's not the issue. and again your post is incorrect. You flew past the good stuff I had to write about you and used the word "kill" in your post while talking about black/white issues. Something this topic has nothing to do with. This topic has nothing to do with black/white. Please do not bring that into the discussion again.

  • Hey C

    I decided this conversation wasn't really going anywhere so I wanted to make this statement. I am a person just like you and I wish you the best. I hope you have a happy and successful life and I hope you enjoy yourself in whatever you do. I hope you bring out the best in people and make others around you just as happy and successful. You are a smart person who is intellectual and I respect you for that. These are words than kanye will never say to you, becuase he will never address you like that. If you want to continue to have this dudes back over mine that is your choice. I wish you the best and Good Luck. Thanks. Your friend A Real Person.

  • again

    ye doesn't give a fuck about any issue black/white male/female/ govt/people or whatever the fuck he's trying to say. he just wants to sell albums to make money to be critically acclaimed in the industry. no other reason. if you're stupid enough to think that ye is fighting some kind of social injustice for you, you will be stupid enough to fork over the $12.99. And the issue that you thought ye would make a difference in does nothing of the sort. If you think this guy is fighting some kind of battle for you, you have been duped by media and deceived by very deliberate steps to brainwash you. ye doesn't give a fuck about you, doesn't give a fuck about the issues and neither do the corporations who hold the strings of this puppet. You're out $12.99, the corporations and ceo's are up $12.99 and anything you thought he reprepsented was just a front to get money from you. That's the original topic.

  • C

    "They are not listening to kanye, they are listening to the machine which controls the majority of the meida. Common and Mos Def's message is positive so don't be talking shit about them." Please explain to me what political group and/or entity is gaining profit from Kanye's controversial views. Not from his record sales, we know that he's an entertainer and ultimately record companies profit from his sales, I get that part. I'm talking about his ACUTAL OPINIONS which you are so sure are put out there to "brainwash teen-agers". Start naming specifics, since you got it all figured out, anonymous writer. If you don't think Kanye, Mos, Common, are talking about the same thing, you got wax in your ears. Go back and listen to Mos Def on "Beef". Better yet, go listen to Lupe Fiasco's "B.M.F." Go back and listen to Common's "Like Water For Chocolate". Those artists, just like KANYE, are talking about all type of shit on their records. Are they brain-washing the teen-agers too? Maybe because they're not as flashy as Kanye, or have as much commercial sway, they get a pass from you, then?

  • to C

    you haven't addressed the issue once dude. you changed the subject about 100 times. this is a free blog. anything else you try to make it you are wrong every single time.

    • @C

      my original post is correct and so is the quote that you reposted. you misread and messed up again. "political groups made it that way" that's not what I wrote. I wrote that "The 1960's & 1970's was a political crazy time because so many groups made it that way" So my comment is correct. Please read the post next time. I see the angle you are coming at and it is black/white feminism/male dominance. And neither of those issues is what the original topic is about.

    • C

      This guy got a million and one theories, but as soon as the light shines on him, he clams up. OK. Hide in the safety of anonymity, I understand. Let's go over a few of your high-lights thus far: "The 60's & 70's was a political crazy time because so many groups made it that way. and by the time the 80's & 90's rolled around people were so sick of that shit, they just wanted to chill and were tired of the vietnam type of bullshit." The Vietnam war was costly and mismanaged from the jump. Thousands of soldiers died because of bureaucratic BS. Blacks in that era who tried to integrate white society were getting dogs sic'ed on them and water hoses aimed at them. We not even gonna touch on the feminist movement for right now. All these f**ked-up conditions, and your explanation is that "political groups made it that way"? THEY HAD NO FUCKING CHOICE! Political upheaval, civil disobediance, etc. was the ONLY WAY things were going to change IN AMERICA! They didn't sit back and wait for "politicians to deal with it" because "music isn't the place to deal with those issues", like you suggesting. IT WAS A REVOLUTION ON ALL FRONTS, MUSIC INCLUDED. Go back and listen to "War Pigs", Black Sabbath. Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On". The list goes on. If you think that anything short of all-out protest could have made a difference, I don't know what to tell you, fam.

    • again

      and again I'm not selling anything. the moron in the devil suit is. Again you got it wrong. Again. another bullshit post. Yeah I'm selling right? So then pay up fake clown. make a correct post for once, or find something else to do.

    • @C

      you're not shining the light. that's the point. you don't talk about the issues. You just insult and change the topic.

    • C

      Keep spitting your arm-chair theories, fam, by all means. It's your God-given right. But don't get upset when I shine a light on that BS you trying to sell.

  • realness

    Now I can see how a dude like a kanye can trick a dude into believing that purchasing an album is actually making a difference. After reading some of the bullshit posted below. What a joke.

  • @C

    You are talking about some dude who wants to separate themselves from the people. Who only wants to be on TV when they are performing their music acts. Who only wants to be in front of teenagers when they are performing and the teenage crowd paid $179.99 to see them. Who only wants to make public appearences when people treat them like the next Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley. Who only wants to be on stage and not in the audience. Who never wants to actually conversate with people, just showcase in front of them the stupid lyrics and musical hooks we have all listened to and heard many times before. Who only wants to walk on the streets when all their paparazzi are there so they can snap photograph after photograph to create the illusion that they themselves are a celebrity. Who never wants to go in a classroom. Who never wants to do a real sit down interview. Who never wants to go on a blog and communicate with the real people. Who never walks the street without their fake bodyguards. Who never become a teacher, social worker who actually addresses some of the issues. Who never wants to be "seen" with the people, just "seen" as the rock star of the people. Always wants to be rock star, the next Mike Jackson, Elvis, Sinatra etc. Never wants to actually put themselves on the level as the average person. Understand what the issues are for once. And know what you are talking about next time. This dude just wants a following so he can consider himself to be a star. He doesn't care one way or another about any real social, economic or political issues. He fakes like he does to get more sales. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. "I hate fake emcees, they always act hard, but won't walk the streets without their bodyguard"

    • @C

      its a free blog. I'm not judging anybody. Again, you try and change the subject and focus on me. Too bad it has nothing to do with the topic.

    • C

      You're really in no position to judge that man if you aren't interested in making any difference yourself. Are you a social worker, are you a teacher? Please, let us all know what qualifies you to make the outlandish statements you post? I forgot. This is a free blog. You can say whatever you want, you don't need to operate under credibility or accountability. Kids these days.

    • @C

      again you are wrong. another incorrect post made by you. again you try and change the subject and switch it to me and ask what have I done. I have nothing to do with this, so stop asking and stop probing to change the subject. This is about the media, kanye, and teenagers mostly. You are entitled to your opinion and your line "kanye does not brainwash teenagers" I do not agree with. SO that comment is your opinion, not a fact. Again you made another post and completely changed the original topic.

    • C

      There's a small violin playing in the background as this guy's talking. "Who never wants to be a teacher, be a social worker?" Spare me all that moralistic BS, fam. Kanye West had to work extremely hard to get where he's at; you acting like he was born successful. He got there off of his own hard work. Not to mention, he donates regularly to relief efforts and to the community in Chicago. What have you done for anyone, lately?

    • C

      I guess I should feel honored. This moron is dedicating whole paragraphs to me now. I get it. You don't like Kanye West. You think he's a pawn. Good job. You are fully entitled to your opinion. I like him as an artist. That's my opinino. Is he egotistical? Definitely. Does he want attention? Of course. But he is also about as honest with his music as anyone you'll find out in Hip-Hop right now. He has never bitten his tongue about anything he feels the need to speak on. Contrast that to a Jay-Z, who admits "dumbing down for my audience to double my dollars". Let me have my opinion, and you have yours. But for the sake of everyone on this board, stop taking everybody for idiots. Kanye is not "confusing teengagers". He's not perpetuating any problems of race or any other garbage like that. Give it a rest already.

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    nah no homo i just like good music i dont own one kanye album but i like most of his singles i dont even own a bootleg copy of any of his albums.. but this one might get burn i mosdef want be buying it shits not that hot

  • nucca

    music is about expression (ex.public enemy) nicca u probly live at pizza hut....u dirty bum azz nicca

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    not a kanye fan but both songs are dope cant deny good music folk

    • @nuc

      stupid insult means nothing

    • nucca

      @to 6 pack.......go eat a bowl of elephant shit....u prissy homo

    • to 6 pack

      that's your opinion. I think the music sucks. There is no such thing as denying it one way or the other because you cannot prove one way or another the music is good. Good music is someone's opinion. It cannot be denied or proven one way or the other.

  • again

    put this bullshit on a heavy metal page or political activist page and I don't give a fuck you won't see me making comments. try and plug this garbage on a hip hop site and call it hip hop? Nah, I don't roll like that

  • Nate

    What happened to "Ones that's clean and a shirt with a team"? I'm not feeling this all red devil suit

  • For example

    If Donovan McNabb went to the Super Bowl and stopped in the middle of the 3rd qtr to grab the mic and go on a rant about Limbaugh or Olberman he wouldn't make any sense!! Even if what he said is right, it not the correct time or place to do that because your audience is not there for that reason. That is why the 1960's & 1970's was such a hectic time with revolts and riots and all that stuff. Because they tried to make EVERYTHING about politics. That is the same thing this idiot ye is doing. He's trying to create a chaotic political atmosphere so he can use his power to gain finances because he is involved in the media. He wants the public to be in disarray so he gains financially and moves up. This dudes think they gonna be billionaires they ain't gonna amount to jack shit in that department. He doesn't give a flying fuck about his fans or the people, he is the same way as the manipulating CEO's and corporations. Just wants to use whatever power and influence he has to make himself look great. The dude is a fraud and he's not an artist either. He's a political brainwasher talking to the wrong audience about stuff so he can trick them.

    • @C

      again your post made no sense. keep making bullshit posts. all you are doing is insulting me, who has nothing to do with the topic, and ignoring the real issues every fuckin time.

    • C

      Ohhh, he's hot now! Look at him go! You on here making dozens of comments about this guy like you sat down with him and know his ulterior motives. Spitting BS conspiracy theories, sounding like an idiot. Who's really trying to brain-wash who? How about, you just don't like him? Simple and plain. Do us all a favor and keep that garbage to yourself.

    • to C

      like honestly what the fuck are you talking about? Its not about politics. You try and make it look like that is what it is about to a paint a broadbrush and say look I'm black and this guy is white, I'm the struggling minority and this guy is Ronald Regan. Dude WTF is wrong with you. I don't roll with no conservatives nothing like that shit. You don't read. You get pissed because it doesn't fit your agenda of this idiot selling bullshit albums and brainwashing people, so you call me a conservative. What a joke. Read the fucking posts for once and respond properly or don't respond at all.

    • to C

      dude what the hell are you talking about again. I'm not a conservative and not pushing conservative thinking either. Wow you don't even read anything I wrote. Stop with the bullshit. Stop trying to categorize me in a specific group. Its not about minories blacks or whites either when the fuck are you going to get it correct for once.

    • C

      I think it's a good thing people didn't follow your train of bull-sh** conservative thinking back in the 60s. Us blacks might still be sitting in the "Coloreds Only" section at the cafe. And even though your point was laughably over-simplified, it had some truth to it.; Once the 80s hit, Ronald Reagan and conservatism took over. And that went so well for minorities during the era, didn't it? Music has always been a platform for social commentary. Look at N.W.A., Public Enemy, Mos Def, Talib Kweli. The list goes on. It touches people in a way that politicians and other public figures cannot. Just because you don't vibe to it doesn't mean that's going to change any-time soon, don't listen if you don't like it.

    • sure

      yeah sure dats what whatever

    • nucca

      u faggot dats what hip hop is about....u probly white & smell like wet dogs....real tawk

    • to C

      your post makes no sense. nothing to do with the Tea Party I don't know any of those dudes nor do I chill or group up with them either. WTF is blame the victim? What is that bullshit? you think ye is a victim? a dude on TV with a teenage audience making couple million bucks you think that is a victim? like what are you tryin to say. The 60's & 70's was a political crazy time because so many groups made it that way. and by the time the 80's & 90's rolled around people were so sick of that shit, they just wanted to chill and were tired of the vietnam type of bullshit. The predjudice and minority thing has been going on for hundreds and thousands of years for all different sorts of groups in all different walks of life. It didn't all of a sudden start in the 1960's and it didn't end in the 1970's either. And those issues were further complicated by people who infiltrated other markets venues and platforms by pushing their political agendas. the same thing ye is trying to do in the 2000's. Stick to making music, you wanna talk politics then do it in the platform that is apprpoiate. If a family of 4 goes to Pizza Hut they shouldn't have some anti-war or pro-war nutcase standing outside with picket sign. We are supposed to be past that as a people. Argue about it the correct way with the correct people and if you have a beef don't go on MTV or SNL to register your beef. Do it where it is appropriate.

    • C

      "That is why the 1960's & 1970's was such a hectic time with revolts and riots and all that stuff. Because they tried to make EVERYTHING about politics." I am beginning to think this dude is a plant from the Tea Party faction. Way to blame the victim, fella. I think the revolt and the riots in the 60s and the 70s had to do with minority groups that had dealt with systematic prejudice (women, blacks, etc.) speaking out against the system that repressed them.

  • G'

    Thus why hip hop and politics dont go together: the audience is mostly dumb. Look at these whack ass comments on here over a man expressing a valid opinion. Though I would wish he'd take that money he makes in chump change and make some different maker moves in these crime infested, animalistic tendency areas. Only way we going to survive as a race is if those in power help change it. The performance was brilliant

    • to G

      I'm the one expressing the valid opinion. ye is the one using media to push his bullshit beliefs on people, and trying to profit off of it at the same time. I'm not profiting off of any of this and I'm not involved with media, so why don't you take a look again at who is expressing the valid opinion.

    • yeah right

      the peformance was total garbage.

    • phew

      thanks for posting this, i was beginning to think i was alone in the war against ignorance

  • @@haha

    so i guess you just wake up every morning and watch fox news till the sun goes down. I've actually lost alot of hope for humanity seeing that theres actually people as stupid as you. What a fucking slave to the system you are, God forbid anybody upsets the system they've got you setup in, holy shit.

    • to haha

      You guess!!! That's what you do guess!! Because you don't know. I watch news, sports, tv radio, internet, talk to people etc, do all kinds of different things. WTF do you know about what I do, and why would you guess?? Start making sense, you be on some stupid shit.

  • OMG

    haha you just made one of the stupidest posts ever. One of your lines "people are completely swayed by the media" NO THEY ARE NOT!!! Only a certain percentage of the people believe that, many people arrive to their own conclusions. "comedy is a way for people to seek the truth and talk about real issues" NO ITS NOT!! Comedy is to make people laugh case closed. You can make up stuff, or talk about real situations either way it is for laughs and that is why comedians get paid to make people laugh. not necessarily to talk about real issues. "cause when you start to talk about real shit nobody wants to hear it" Not true, depends on the platform and the forum. And teenagers going to a music concert or watching SNL with their friends certainly don't want to hear that shit, and that is the bullshit ye be pushing down their throats. "Therfore kanye is in the perfect position to get to the topics to the younger generation" NO HE"S NOT!!! He's doing it the wrong way. You even said it yourself people are swayed by media that is not true for everyone. well then kanye being part of media is swaying people with the bullshit he wants to promote. "oh if he was doing it for financial reasons" That is how you get finances for some people nowadays by stirring up controversy. kanye isn't trying to keep real art alive, he's trying to ruin it for political and financial advantages. Wow, haha you just made probably 10-15 stupid an incorrect statements in a row. good luck with that bullshit.

  • like I said

    this dude is pulling the same bullshit that Colbert and Stewart are pulling. They hiding behind the word "comedy" to spew all types of racial and ethnic issues at people who are just looking to have a good laugh. They infiltrating politics and using comedy to do so. Then when real politicians take it seriously they say "oh its just comedy" But its not comedy because they be talking about the same shit that the news stations be talking about all the time, they dealing with real world issues, not person to person issues. Eddie Murphy didn't talk about the bullshit they be talking about like they do, neither did Robin Williams. ye is doing the same thing. he is hiding behind the word "music" to amp up people and get them all involved in huge and complicated political debates. that is for politicians not musicians you know why? Because he is getting paid for this he is getting paid for concerts and album sales. If he was really concerned about these issues he would run for office or do stuff for non profit, but that is not what he is doing. Again, ye's target audience is young people, but the young people aren't going to know enough to understand what he is talking about so he is trying to brainwash them by getting them to believe in his political beliefs all in the name of "music" That's not why the young people are there, they are there to listen to music and have fun, they are not there to make it a political rally. Ye is using music as an excuse to push his own political agenda and that is wrong because the young people aren't going there to listen to some political bullshit, they are going there to get away from the political bullshit and he's throwing it right back in their face so he can gain attention for financial reasons. Its obvious, this dude hates specific groups and specific people and tries to paint all people with a broadbrush by saying you are who you are by what ethnic or racial group you are part of and that is wrong. Everybody is their own person. You don't use mainstream music media to push bullshit political agendas and that is what this dude is doing. He's doing this on SNL MTV etc. That's like Nick Cannon going on America's Got Talent or some Nickelodeon show and running his mouth about liberals, conservatives, the left, the right, Limbaugh, Obermann and all that bullshit. That's not the correct audience for that it wouldn't make any sense. That is why what ye is doing it doesn't make any sense, he trick his audience into thinking it is about 1 thing, but its not, its just about the attention he needs to finance his marketing campaign to furhter promote his bullshit personal beliefs.

    • @C

      Again. you did it again. You changed the topic and instead tried to focus on me and call me a conspiracy theories bullshitter, when I do not work with the media so you are 100% wrong. keep doing it bro, keep talking about me. keep changing the subject. keep making bullshit posts.

    • C

      So what exactly DO you care about? Besides spreading conspiracy theories? What is it that makes you tick, anonymous writer? Any type of ignorance is dangerous, it really doesn't matter the medium it's being spread on. I'm supposed to post on another page, but you're the one spreading negativity in every Kanye article that pops up? Wow.

    • to C

      You are so 100% wrong like I don't even know how to address your post because it makes no fucking sense. No Breitbart dude, don't give a fuck either way what the dude does, have nothing to do with him. You're calling a free blog on a free post dangerous like how laughable and stupid is that. Again you try and change the subject to make up theories about what I do and it has nothing to do with the topic. Goddam can you just for once respond inteligently or again just post your bullshit on another page, because it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT I WROTE. NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    • C

      Of course! You don't vote! You probably don't do anything else out in the community to make a difference! You sit on your arm-chair and support BS conspiracy theories about Satan and other crap. And cry about how we're all equal, and other fairy-tale ideas. I take back that Breitbart line. Guys like you are much more dangerous than Breitbart; at least he has the stones to be open about what he is. You spread your ignorance under the guise of some "Us vs The Media" BS conspiracy line.

    • @man

      who's "this guy" clarify your statement

    • man

      Holy shit this guy really needs to be shot or at least have his nuts blown off so he cant reproduce

    • to C

      total bullshit again by you. paid by Breitbart? Dude I don't even vote I don't give a fuck about that stuff, that is for those people in their forum. So now you stereotyping me thinking I'm black white repub democ dude you are sterotyping. I'm typin on a blog, with no profit and no forced influence or media manipulation. what a crock of shit your typing in paid by Breitbart. I don't associate with none of those dudes, but you don't see me trying to sterotype you to put you in a certain group do you? Man you people be on some mad stupid shit.

    • C

      haha, dont let that guy fool you. He is a republican paid by Breitbart to come on here and create tension and division on these boards. He certainly can't be a brother, not with those handkerchief-head views. Malcolm would be turning over in his grave if he was.

    • to haha

      No I don't son. You just guessed. That is part of your problem Assuming you know what ethnicity, religion nor whatever someone is by a post. Doing the same bullshit as kanye. ITS CALLED STEREOTYPING PEOPLE. You don't know what the fuck I do, so don't guess.

    • @@haha

      so i guess you just wake up every morning and watch fox news till the sun goes down. I've actually lost alot of hope for humanity seeing that theres actually people as stupid as you. What a fucking slave to the system you are, God forbid anybody upsets the system they've got you setup in.

    • @haha

      HAHAHA!! That's total bullshit son. nice try. You said it yourself on the last line. "Because once art is gone, so are we" And what ye is doing ISN'T ART!!!! Its politics!!! and garbage!! He's running his mouth about political issues, do that in a political forum or platform. And yes he can do that, he can do it in an interview or go to congress or run for office or whatever. He's not choosing to do that, he's choosing to infiltrate music with complex political issues, that is what those hippies and nutcases did in the 1960's & 1970's!! In the 1960's & 1970's you couldn't even go to the supermarket with hearing about the Vietnam bullshit. That is why the 1980's & 1990's era's were the best because people did what they were supposed to do. You a musician? then make music. You an athelte? then play sports That's how you do it. You want to run for office go run for office, don't bullshit people in a musical performance on a mainstream TV station. ye is not an aritst whatsoever!!! he is a brainwasher and media attention idiot who wants to display his own personal radical and nut case beliefs on people who don't want anything to do with that.

    • haha

      wow i have never seen so much ignorance poured out all once like that before. Um.. comedy is and always has been a way to speak the truth and talk about real issues in a format that people can actually enjoy. cause when you start to talk about real shit nobody wants to hear about it. thats why clowns are always portrayed as being sad characters because they see the world for what it really is. they take the pain and harsh realities of the world and transform it into comedy while still getting their point across. um also what politicians nowadays get anything done, ever. People today dont follow politics or government. People are completely swayed by the media. Therefore Kanye is in the perfect posistion to get the topics that he feels are important across to the younger generation. Oh, and if Kanye was doing this for financial reasons he wouldnt be putting his popularity in jeapordy by speakin his mind. He would be making simple ass hits like Usher or Katy Perry, songs that just keep people in a state of ignorant bliss. Which apparently is waht you think is the way it should be. But music and comedy is so much more then that, its an art, and kanye is one of the few artists out there who is trying to keep real art alive. Because once art is gone, so are we.

  • me

    i just had to post on this one, i mean honestly this is probably kanyes best verse since flight school, the first one in a while where he's not talkin about gettin his dick sucked, thank God. he was actually spittin real shit ur all critizin, buncha fuckin haters cause ur not in the "power" posistion to speak your mind. Thats why he made htis fuckin song, to show power he's gained but also the responsibility that comes along with it. So why dont all you haters shut the fuck up til you earn the right to speak.

    • to me

      your post makes no sense. I'm not a hater, I'm simply typing on a free blog. You're statement "This is why he made this song" is pure garbage. He made the song to make money and no other reason. The second you think this song had anything else to do with putting money in this dude's pocket is probably the same second you fork over the $12.99.

  • tha realness

    kanye doesn't say the stuff people want to say. NOBODY WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THAT BULLSHIT!!! Nobody wants to race bait and talk ethnic political garbage unless you an asshole trying to stir up controversy. I already told you what its about. Its media vs the people. The racial stuff is just a way to divert people away from the real topic. So ye's not saying anything that people want to say, he's just rehashing media bullshit and trying to draw lines saying this one is a part of this racial group and this one is a part of that racial group. dude is a fraud and every post telemarketing for this phony is fraudalent as well.

    • to C

      millions of people are listening to the product put out by corporations and big time CEOS who have a stranglehold on the media. They are not listening to kanye, they are listening to the machine which controls the majority of the meida. Common and Mos Def's message is positive so don't be talking shit about them.

    • C

      This post was in response to them morons below, not the one above me. Since they both got a hard on, I'm sure they'll find it though.

    • C

      Who are you all to decide which platform is suitable to address social and political issues on, honestly? The dude is an musician; that's what he does. Millions of people are listening to him. If he's using his medium to get the word out, hey, all the more power to him. But I guess nobody but politicians should be the ones speaking out. Backwards-ass thinkers. Let's shut Common, Mos, Killer Mike, all them guys down while we're at it. Tell them to stop bringing social problems to the fore-front as well.

  • Anonymous

    Man FUCK KANYE. I can't stand his satanic ass anymore. He don't speak what the people are thinkin, what a dumb ass comment that is below me. All he speaks is negativity. And it's 2010 people need to get off this race shit already, where all ONE, all human beings and putting us into categories only seperates us and furthers nothing! an oh while i'm on it- FUCK RIHANNA AND JAY-Z TOO

    • @C

      I'll answer one normal question you asked. "You think that teenagers should be ignoring these issues" Nobody who has any influence in the word should be ignoring those issues. The truth is THAT'S NOT WHY THEY ARE GOING TO SOME SILLY VMA AWARDS SHOW OR SILLY SNL FUNNY SHOW!!!! Like why don't you get the point for once. No they shouldn't be ignoring the issues. THIS ISN'T THE VENUE OR THE PLATFORM TO PROPERLY ADDRESS ANY OF THESE ISSUES!!!! Don't you understand that. Wake up for once. These are venues and platforms for ye to make money for his album and financing, the event serves no other purpose, unless dopey teenagers want to go to the event and convince themselves they are having fun. You don't go on a silly VMA awards show or a silly SNL show and "solve all these political and social issues". That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. The fact that you go on the VMA or SNL show to try and address these hundred and thousand year old issues of society and politics that has plagued human beings since almost the beginning of time, shows that you have some other motive as to why you are there. You are there to trick people that is why you are taking a happy fun event like a VMA or SNL and turning it into WW3 of social and political issues. It is fucking stupid. When will you realize that. I am amazed at how you treat me, a person who is much more like you than a kanye or some other media puppett who is run by the corporations. You probably think ye is the greatest thing in the world, yet it is ME who is responding to you and communicating with you, not kanye. and that dude will most likely never have a real conversation with you ever. At least I have taken the time to be on your level, which is posting on a blog, the same thing you are doing. Yet you will probably back some dude you never met and call me a Ronald Regan Breitbart conservative when I have absoluetely nothing to do with any of those people. Like wow I don't even know where to start. Everything you tried to write about me is 100% false. Wake up for once and realize what the real issues are here. If you actually cared about these social, economic and political problems you wouldn't be on VMA or SNL that is a definite. You would be involved in the issues firsthand in a classroom, or political arena. etc. You would be in the proper venue and arena to address those issues and VMA and SNL isn't it dude. Not in a billion years. If ye really cared about these issues he'd be in a classroom, he'd be in a town hall, he'd be at a political rally, he would be speaking and conversing with teenagers and young people where he could answer their questions and relate to them. He wouldn't be onstage at some silly music event on some runaway bullshit, yelling in people's faces with the stupid lyrics he made up and taking in profits from cd and concert sales that were all set up for him by corporations as he performs like a puppett to target the type of consumer the corporation who put him there wants to target and acting like a rock star with fame at an audience who is not considered famous. That is rock star bullshit, that is not dealing with social and political issues. Figure it out for once and respond properly or keep the bullshit for another blog and another post.

    • @C

      Its not the correct atmosphere for the issues. You want to talk about those issues go be a politician. Its very simple and plain. You try and complicate things instead of looking at how things are. You talk about issues plaguing America or the world or whatever. Guess what dude. ye isn't going to solve those problems in front of a VMA & SNL audience. One of the stupidest fucking things I've ever read. You have it all 100% wrong. Take a step back, reread the posts and stop responding with bullshit.

    • C

      So let me get this straight: By bringing political and social issues that plague America to the fore-front, he is "confusing" teenagers? That's your argument? So what, you think that teenagers should be ignoring these issues? Do you think that teenagers aren't able to understand complex issues? Get a clue, fella.

    • to C

      OMG how stupid and wrong can you possibly be. ye is speaking his opinion? NO HE"S NOT!!! He's a puppet for corporations and the media he is doing what they want him to do. I'm the one speaking my opinion. ye is trying to manipulate people for financial profit. I'm not gaining financially nor media manipulating people, not forcing anybody to read, or trying to put in hidden messages either. All I am doing is typing on a blog dude wow like what the fuck are you on dude. Wow you are so wrong its like crazy. What in the fuck hell are you talking about. yeah no duh the world's problems are much bigger than kanye, and all the dude is doing is making that more complicated by bringing up all these issues in teenagers faces on mainstream media tv channels. know what your doing for once and again stop with the telemarketing bullshit. Stop smoking crack and droppin tabs of acid you'll be on tv talkin bout some runaway bullshit next for all we know.

    • C

      To quote the homie Treach, "You think I'm talkin too fast? I think you listen too slow." America's problems are much bigger than Kanye West. Stop trying to down the man for speaking his opinion.

    • @C

      dude what exactly are you talking about. if that is true, ye obviously isn't helping matters.

    • C

      What fairy tale land is this guy living in. This country is more divided than it's ever been. And as the minority factions keeps growing exponentially, and America keeps heading toward a non-white majority, you think it wont be an issue in the future? Arizona is just the beginning.

    • exactly

      great post homie this is the realness right here.

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  • Steven Ireland

    Im starting to think the comments on this article are all from the same faggit! What the fuck man chill! You cock suckers are trying make people like Kanye look like the fucking devil when you limp dick faggs are no better. Like realy I get hatein on cats like soulja boy gucci and all them wack niggas but Kanye SMH!! Hes done more for the game then your lame typing ass has!! Oh but becuz im bigging up Ye this is an automated post and im dickriding!! Fuck outa here with your bullshit!!! Its gay ass fucks like (Lryics) that are pissed at Ye cuz they aint doin shit so they try to find someone else to shit on SMH!!! Kanye says what most people want to say but dont have the balls to go through with it. And thats what makes kanye... kanye. also dont respond unless you know who Diggy-MO' is cuz you wont understand where im coming from.

    • @Steve

      HAHAHAHA!!! "no better" How do you know? I'm not working with media am I, not working with corporations am I, not trying to profit off of this am I? But I'm no better??????? Nah son I AM BETTER!! I'm not an asshole like this dude and I'm not typing in fake propaganda nonsense like you either. kanye didn't change any game he simply wastes people's time for his own financial gain. You won't respond son because you are a fake telemarketer!! Diggy-MO has nothing to do with this subject so don't try and make it the focal point. Watch try and respond with more of your bullshit see what happens.

  • lryics

    just take the one line "cause they tryin to control every big decision" Yeah that's what the people in the music industry are doing with you, you stupid asshole. They tryin to promote your bullshit and put you on the front page all the time, kanye you are part of that you hypocritical fuckin loser. what a fuckin phony this dude is

  • think about it

    what if an italian dude or a russian dude went on TV and said "them blacks"? think about it. this dude is a hypocricial hateful asshole, he's running his mouth about politicial, ethnic and racial issues to try and divide people and get people touchy feely about the subject. that shit is garbage. People are supposed to be way past that nobody gives a fuck what race or religion you are that shit is for assholes trying to draw up controversy. This dude is a total asshole, runs his mouth about bullshit topics he is the one hating on all these different groups. man it don't matter who you are or what ethnic group you affiliate with or consider yourself to be a part of, this dude is a part of the media and he is the problem. the media is the problem, the asshole on stage spitting lies and bullshit is the problem. the assholes charging teenagers $9.99 is the problem. its not red yellow black white green blue purple orange indian russian filipino oriental puerto rican iranian isralei irish black mexican german chinese south african polish its none of that shit. Its the MEDIA vs the PEOPLE. Has been and still is. This dude is part of the media, he is part of the problem. Nothing to do with race or ethnicity or where you are from NY LA Chicago none of that shit. This dude is a straight up asshole for changing the subject and failing to address what is really going on. Trying to make it all political and ethnic. Then run for political office if you want to run ya mouth about that shit, get the fuck off the stage put the mic down and stop takin in payments from teenagers to pay your water bill and finance your shitty advertising campaign. its all bullshit this dude is a fraud.

    • to C

      underestimating? underestimating what? How do you know what young listeners want any more than I do. You speak for yourself, you don't speak for a group of people. Dude that soulja boy rosco line is so played out I don't listen to those dudes. How many times are you going to paint me with a broadbrush and tell me I'm part of this group or that group? How many times will you do that? You are wrong EVERYTIME!! You are STEREOTYPING!! You enjoy ye as a fan if that statement is true so go ahead nobody is stopping you bro do whatever the fuck you want. I'm not stupid enough to fall for that bullshit. I see past that and see the negative messages this guy is trying to put out. You see me on Common, Raekwon, KRS, Kool G Rap, Drake, JoJo Pelligrino, Ice Cube, Joe Budden articles? NO. Cause they ain't trying to pull that negative bullshit on people that's why.

    • C

      So what you're saying, is that musicians shouldn't delve into the social situations going on around them. That's cool. You are totally entitled to your opinion. If you are looking for music to escape reality, there are plenty of Soulja Boys and Roscoe Dashes for you to dance your life away to. Stop under-estimating what young people want to hear in the songs, tho. Not everybody wants to hear that bubble-gum rap; I enjoy hearing Kanye ruffle feathers on the beat.

    • @C

      not trying to pin division on this dude at all. he's contributing to the nonsense by using media to throw issues in people's faces in the wrong atmosphere. that's for politicians. he's peforming music. people look to music to get away from the political stuff. he's using music to amp up political issues so he can gain financially by creating attention. that's what music did in the 1960's & 1970's hip hop changed that because it dealt with real people and real issues in everyday life. ye isn't talking about that, he is talking about the ethnicities the groups, etc. the corporations etc. he's not relating to the average person. he's just rehashing the same stuff the propaganda news stations are doing. How are normal people going to relate to that? That is why hip hop started and became successful because it talked about what the average people can do. that's not what ye is doing. he isn't relating to the average person. he's complicating things for young people. Remember what he is doing, he is getting paid to do, so finances are the driving force behind what he is doing, it has nothing to do with helping people to be "awake" or knowing what is going on, nothing to do with that at all. he is wasting people's time talking about this shit in a musical mainstream forum. that makes things more difficult for people it doesn't go to help solve the problem. If he really wanted to make a point politically he wouldn't tie himself into it and talk about himself the way he does. He wouldn't make it the "struggle" of a black man, or whatever story he tries to fabricate. He would just go about it by being an individual who is trying to help people. That's not what he is doing, he's trying to show the "struggle" of the black man or whatever that is and make it black vs white vs every other group you can think of. Remember, this dudes audience is young people, teenagers and lots of people under 21. Yet he is talkin to them about issues that middle aged and older voters and stuff are concerned with. Young people want to enjoy themselves and have fun that is what music is supposed to be about, but this dude is making it political, the young people already have enough of the political issues shoved down their throats on a daily basis, and he's just shoving more of it down their throats, all with the illusion that they are "having fun" and at a rock or hip hop concert. Meanwhile instead of brining young people together by talking about issues they can relate to, he makes thing more divisive and complicated by talking about this stuff and he's not saying the right things about it either. The hippies did that shit in the 1960's and 1970's and that shit was considered wack by the 1980's & 1990's genre, so why would he try and hold people back instead of going foward. Go foward, you are a music entertainter reaching mostly a young audience talk to them how they can be the best in their own lives, not rehash to them complicated political issues they aren't going to be old enough to fully understand it anyway. They will just get brainwashed in the process thinking they went to a "concert" to "have fun" and "listend to music". Meanwhile they are at some extremists nuts political rally and the dude is taking jabs at religious and ethnic groups in the process. Give me a break with that shit.

    • C

      Fam I hate to break this to you, but trying to pin the country's division on Kanye West is naive at best. Nothing to do with race and ethnicity, here in AMERICA? Where you grew up at? I'll agree, the media is part of the problem, but it's not THE problem.

  • lyrics

    the lyrics of this dude are garbage, hateful, political and religious nonsense. He runs his mouth about shit he has no business talking about. He talks about religion and ethnicities too much he should shut his mouth he is just trying to take advantage of certain groups and make certain groups look like the truthtellers and the others the liars, that's bullshit. First off, he should shut his mouth about ground zero he wasn't there when it happened and he has done nothing for any of the people involved, he shouldn't be talkin about religion, he shouldn't be talkin about his race either, this dude is a hypocritical asshole who uses political and racial subject matter to try and make himself emerge as the false hero. this dude is a satanic asshole, worthless, only interested in wasting people's time and wanting to take advantage of young people. the music is garbage, the message is trash, the lyrics are negative, the image is hypocritical. another piece of shit who uses the media to waste people's time.

    • @asafo

      I wrote what the fuck I wrote. Stop trying to say are you part of this or part of that. I'm not part of any of that bullshit. I wrote what I wrote and it is what it is. The questions you are asking are manipulative. I'm not blaming anybody, I'm telling you what the fuck is going on. This performance, lyrics, music whatever the fuck you want to call it, it is nonsense. plain and simple. doesn't make me dem rep o'reilly or indp ed show none of that shit. you keep trying to put me in a specific group bro that is stereotyping. What's satanic about the song? Red suit again pulling the white women are tipsy whores bullshit again? Yeah I'll say it might be and that is my opinion. If he went on TV on some Das Efx stuff I sure as hell wouldn't think it is satanic. I say its political brainwashing becuase its not the time or place for that kind of stuff in this media atmosphere. Again you try with that stfu line, I haven't said that once to anyone. You are the hypocrite. This is a free blog. Here comes ye on this bullshit, using media, with teenage audiences, for profit and poltical beef only and you're telling me who is posting on a free blog to stfu. Dude you did it to yourself man you show your true colors. Probabably red with a little skull and cross bones bullshit in there as well. Total hyprocrite you are thinking you can tell me to stfu and win an discussion. Get a life son.

    • Asafo

      So should you blame Kanye for making the song, which he made waay before SNL invited him on. Or SNL for inviting him to perform the song? And please explain to me oh wise one whats so satanic about this song? Lol i love to hear shit like this, when stupid people think they're historians. This guy didn't go to SNL and say "pleeease you guys let me perform "Power" on your show, I wanna start a rebellion." TRUST me dude no rebellion is gonna start due to this song. Lol the only reason you say its political brainwashing is because you don't agree with it. Hip Hop is political, its racial, its MOST DEFINENTLY rebellious. If a rapper ain't spittin rebellious rhymes I don't wanna hear that shit. In fact if you think about it EVERY SINGLE great rapper of all time spit some political, rebellious rhymes. From Public Enemy to Jay-Z. If you don't like it, you don't like Hip Hop. Which means you should leave this site and never come back,and you should shut the fuck up on the topic, and go back to Bill O Reilley.

    • @asafo

      talk about non satanical, non religous and non ethical issues on a mainstream TV show. Do you understand it now? If I don't like it shut the fuck up? WTF!! If I don't like it I'm gonna tell you straight up its wack I'm not gonna stfu. WTF are you talking about? You want to be all politicall and all protest and all rebellious then do that in a different setting. It is the wrong place and time for what he does and it just shows you he does it for personal finances and to push his own bullshit personal beliefs. Its not good music its garbage, its fake music with real political brainwashing aspirations and dudes like you either fall for it, or are part of the marketing scheme.

    • Asafo

      Lol so what would you rather kanye talk about? Please let me know. I thought this is what Hip Hop was all about. People being allowed to say whateva the hell they want, if you don't like it shut the fuck up. And what are you doing to fight against the big bad media besides talkin shit on the internet? Dude let Ye do him, ain't nobody begging you to listen to his lyrics, you know you can turn em off anytime you want to right? In my opinion Kanye is dropping dope music, with dope insight. Whether you agree with it or not. I don't agree with Eminem talkin about killin his mom or his baby's mom, but that don't mean his insight about the subject isn't dope. Whether I agree with it or not ain't the point, is it good music or is it not? Thats the only questions that should be answered. Kanye is droppin dope beats, with dope metaphors and extra dope features, you can't hate on that. You seem to be the one gettin all touchy feely with race, and religion. Lol what kinda stupid shit is that to say that he can't talk about race or religion in his lyrics. What you want him to talk about then? Money, cars, clothes, hoes. If this was Mos Def, Immortal Technique or some other so called "conscious rapper" talkin about religion yo ass wouldn't have shit to say, but because its Ye you don't like it right. Dude you FAIL.

  • Hip Hop Connoisseur

    new verse was better, he should use that one from now on

  • JUMPIN OUT THE WINDOW

    FFS hiphopdx.. You a hip-hop site and don't even know how to type out the correct lyrics.. It's: And them Italians sure know how to make what the Moolies want (Moolie is a derogatory word for black people in Italian)/ And they really can't take what Dude be on. Wow, the fact that a white kid from Sweden (me) has to correct the lyrics of a american hip-hop site is quite embarassing.. Get your fucking hip-hop game up, HHDX..

  • J.M.

    Normally I might complain about an artist changing their lyrics to appeal to a corporate entity, but the truth is, the new lyrics are better. Not only better, but way more political, meaning and insightful. Well done, Mr. West.

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