The first single from Good Ass Job, it feels safe to say, and what a beautiful return for Kanye West: bonkers King Crimson “21st Century Schizoid Man” sample flip, handclaps, drums pulled right off 808s, and the rapper’s signature lyrical mix of goofy hubris (“No one man should have all that power”), irrationally wounded pride (“Fuck SNL and the whole cast”), and best of all, sheer blog post-style craziness (“My childlike creativity, purity and honesty/Is honestly being prodded by these grown thoughts/Reality is catchin’ up with me/Takin’ my inner child, I’m fighting for it, custody/With these responsibilities that they entrusted me/As I look down at my diamond-encrusted piece.”) Fight for your inner child, Ye! What a beautiful child it is. And here, just for laughs, is a video of people actually dancing to “21st Century Schizoid Man” at a wedding. After this song, we’re sure it won’t be the last time this happens.
Kanye West – “Power” [Stereogum]