Two horned, staff-bearing figures, loosely resembling interpretations of and , stand on either side of West; each slowly strikes the ground with their staff, in time to the music. Archived from on 25 February 2018. Archived from on 18 August 2016. The track was promoted by a , which was directed by. Their parent album, was ranked the best album of 2010 on the same poll. Then the track carries, but the second time the hook comes, it's me, and me singing it.
Select singles in the Format field. It has been described as surreal, frightening, dark, and strange in nature. Other topics discussed on the song include social commentary on the state of the United States, and his thoughts on race issues. I think when you hear Kanye West do it, or include it in his own song, it's relevant. Despite this fall in the charts, the song did eventually go platinum. In its lyrics, West comments about the United States, his mental health and his critics. It was later revealed that the 103-second video, which invokes cultural references from the Renaissance period to Greek mythology, is a teaser for a longer clip, though the full-length version of the video never surfaced.
For the first time in the show's history, the signature black instrument filled stage gave place to an all-white, backlit canvas. I really put myself in the zone that my life was dependent on the success of this album. Archived from on 15 December 2017. The sentiment is classic Kanye, but he hasn't melted down this brilliantly in a long time. S1 would later state that tons of verses didn't make the final cut, as well as there being 8 or 9 different version of the song itself. It's an honor when something like that happens. Select Platinum in the Certification field.
The video premiered on on August 5, 2010 preceding a new episode of. At last, West has emerged steely-eyed, bold, and out of his mind. It's enabled me to link the past with the present. According to West, he wanted his music to be appealing in an economy facing a recession. He's speaking about that crazy world that we live in. The first thing you hear is the Kanye West.
As the music begins, the camera slowly tracks out in one continuous take to reveal West standing at the end of a hallway of black columns, and surrounded by partially dressed female characters. The various figures within the painting are presented in poses similar to the and of the deck. West performed the song on , at the 2010 , at the 2011 , and his. The remixed version of the song were performed by West and Jay-Z during their Watch the Throne Tour. The song debuted on the at position 22 and thereafter declined.
The ensuing media controversy caused West to exile himself in , Hawaii and record his fifth studio album mostly in a reclusive nature, shying away from collaborating with artists he wasn't personally close to. In promotion of West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, he launched , a weekly free music giveaway. The New York Times previewed a clip of the directed by artist , featuring , and African-American albino fashion model Diandra Forrest. According to Symbolyc One, West was an admirer of the composition, and asked him to fly down to Hawaii, where he discovered that West had already recorded some of his version of the song. The track seemingly culminates with the suicide of its main character, ending with a menacing laugh provided by West.
. But on this last album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, I wrote it. Though the album, and its songs, later won three Grammys at the in 2012. Realization dawns that they aren't swinging at each other, but rather converging on King Kanye. The song was primarily produced by him and was initially intended to be given to rapper , until West listened to the song and expressed interest in using the beat himself. A second one was released featuring a depiction of West with a gaping, demented mouth.
Archived from on 7 March 2018. West explained that the motivation of some of his questionable decisions stemmed from over-work. On 18 September 2010, the single fell 38 places to number 80, marking its third week within the Top 100. The single had two other alternate cover designs, both produced by Condo. The song received acclaim from and was listed among the best tracks of 2010 by several publications, including , , , and. I mean, that record is what — 40, 50 years old? In it, Kanye West ironically builds an unattainable artistic empire fit for a king or , while condemning the role power plays in our lives. The artwork depicts a decapitated bleeding head wearing a crown, pierced with a sword through it.
On June 30, 2010, the single was released on for digital download. After a few close-up shots of the rapper's surroundings, Brambilla's camera pulls back and everyone disappears, leaving only West and the two warriors. The video features a of the camera pulling away from West. The video received positive reviews from critics and received two nominations for. On 4 September 2010, the single also debuted on the and at number 36 and 10 respectively, before falling to number 42 on its second week in the chart. The song features additional vocals by singer and is co-produced by West and.
Following the release of the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the single re-entered the chart at number 57 and as of 23 October 2010 has spent a total of five weeks within the Top 100. It's as true now as it was then. It was nominated for a at the. All of his various guises-- King of the Assholes, drama queen, 'd 12-year-old, Next , strangely relatable Megaman-- are mashed up in this proudly roll call. Critics described it as a return to form for West, praising its intricate production, lyrical merit, and scope.