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"Power" (CD single)

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West uses swearing, violence to lash out at his critics.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

West is bent on crushing his critics in this song, using a lot of strong, explicit language and mature metaphors about his greatness.

Positive role models

With his continual public outbursts (like interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the VMAs), West is hardly a model of good behavior.

Violence

End of the song repeats a line several times about committing suicide by jumping out a window -- and the CD cover shows a severed (cartoon) head. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Tons (and tons) of the f-word, as well as other words like "p---y" and" n---a."

Consumerism

No product names, but mention of "furs and ice [diamonds]".

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One line about drinking and driving.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song is in no way meant for young kids. It includes tons of hardcore swearing, along with some disturbing imagery that Kanye West uses to support his perceived superiority. For example, "At the end of day, Goddamnit, I’m killin’ this s--t / I know damn well y’all feelin’ this s--t / I don’t need yo’ p--sy, bitch, I’m on my own d--k." The end of the song repeats a line several times about committing suicide
by jumping out a window -- and the CD cover shows a severed (cartoon)
head.

What's the story?

POWER is the first new single from hip-hop mogul Kanye West since his 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak. Rumored to be the initial track off his forthcoming fifth record, "Power" finds West launching a hard-hitting attack against all of his critics. The artist pulls no punches in this song: he uses tons of profanity and makes several disturbing allusions to violent, emotionally-complex situations. Overall, the single is way too mature for young kids -- and most teens, for that matter.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

If Kanye West truly is the king of anything, it's the killer hook -- which this song has. Like so many West songs that came before it, "Power" is set against an infectious musical backdrop, this one full of heavy drums and a chorus that repeats the word "hey" in an anthem-like line shout. And because West avoids singing in favor of rapping, fans can spend the tune enjoying his talent for rhyming rather than his mediocre vocals.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether an artist like Kanye West needs to make such extreme statements about his critics in order to appear superior. Does a person need to brag a lot and threaten violence to gain the respect of his or her peers? Why or why not?

  • What are five things that someone can do -- besides bragging and threatening -- to be respected by his or her friends?

Music details

Artist:Kanye West
Release date:July 1, 2010
Label:Roc-A-Fella
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Core Chase March 17, 2013

No one man should have all that Power

Admitting, I love this track. The beat, melody and the verses are all awesome. This isn't a really "postive message" song, but he does have some commenting on living while you can (the clock's ticking). He also chants "The system broken, the school is closed, the prison's open". This comments of how school budgets go first, and prision budget goes last. That means schools close, and lower-class kids become "criminals" and go to jail. He means "keep kids in school." Last, he has some comments of how he still needs to grow up,as reality is catching up. (Not really positive message, but interesting nonetheless. Now, to criticize. This track has plenty of swearing (duh.), including "a-hole" "motherf-er", twice each. In the chorus, West says "Till then, f--k that, the world’s ours", and he says "s--t" plenty. Your usual teen+ language. The Outro is:"Now this will be a beautiful death (I’m jumping out the window, I’m letting everything go)". This is a throwback of how he had earlier commented of how he'd live while he could, this mentions just throwing his troubles back. This is more of a meaningful saying than a violent one.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bywilsonbiggs February 28, 2013

It's fine.

Trust me. At least kids aren't listening to 'My Humps'.
Educator and Parent Written byJared Galczynski May 27, 2014

A good enough rapper, but he's right...

"No One Man Should Have All That Power!"

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