‘The Portrait of Power’

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My breakdown of the Power Portrait.

So we all wanted a ‘video’ but that’s clearly not what we got. Instead Ye gave us a moving painting of Power…

This seems to be a Neoclassical painting in the perspective from the “21st Century Schizoid’s” Mind being that of Mr. West himself.

SN:  Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary lifestyle, secretiveness, and emotional coldness. (Wikipedia) < so resourceful lmao

Schizoid is not schizophrenia however they share similar characteristics.

It starts off with chants relating to being his theme music as he sees himself as a Superhero.  As you can see in the video  portrait, he has the two girls symbolizing some guards. Only in Ye’s world would he have guards be women. It then goes to show a woman sitting down in a nobel seat referencing a possible goddess. Ye being the King/God standing over her…

He has the Sword of Damocles over him which epitomizes the imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power. Which now makes sense with all the Greek references…

The portrait is also mainly symmetrical with some of the people being different… On one side there’s a bald headed guy with a sword then in the opposite a guy with a long hair but they’re both coming at him… So maybe this could represent two sides fighting inside of him perhaps…

The portrait video ends with the lyrics “21st Century Schizoid” which means to me that he’s visually displayed what’s been going on his mind from when his mother passed which in some regards could be when he went cold hearted & crazy up until now when he essentially in some ways had his ‘power’ taken from him and saw that maybe he wasn’t as powerful as he thought he was.  But hey that’s just my take…

Judge for yourself & watch the moving portrait below.

Power’s Lyrics
I’m livin’ in the 21st century
Doin’ something mean to it
Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it
Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it
I guess every superhero need his theme music
No one man should have all that power
The clock’s tickin’, I just count the hours
Stop trippin’, I’m trippin’ off the power
(21st century schizoid man)
The system broken, the schools closed, the prisons open
We ain’t got nothin’ to lose, ma’f-cka, we rollin’
Huh? Ma’f-cka, we rollin’
With some light-skinned girls and some Kelly Rowlands
In this white man’s world, we the ones chosen
So goodnight, cruel world, I see you in the mornin’
Huh? I see you in the mornin’
This is way too much, I need a moment
No one man should have all that power
The clock’s tickin’, I just count the hours
Stop trippin’, I’m trippin’ off the power
‘Til then, f-ck that, the World’s ours
And then they (Go)
And then they
And then they (Go)
And then they (21st century schizoid man)
F-ck SNL and the whole cast
Tell ‘em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass
More specifically, they can kiss my asshole
I’m an asshole? You n-ggas got jokes
You short-minded n-ggas’ thoughts is Napoleon
My furs is Mongolian, my ice brought the goalies in
Now I embody every characteristic of the egotistic
He know, he so, f-ckin’ gifted
I just needed time alone, with my own thoughts
Got treasures in my mind but couldn’t open up my own vault
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 dia-mond-encrusted piece
N-gga, no one man should have all that power
The clock’s tickin’, I just count the hours
Stop trippin’, I’m trippin’ off the power
‘Til then, f-ck that, the World’s ours
And then they (Go)
And then they
And then they (Go)
And then they
And then they (Go)
And then they (21st century schizoid man)
Colin Powells, Austin Powers
Lost in translation with a whole f-ckin’ nation
They say I was the obamanation (abomination) of Obama’s nation
Well, that’s a pretty bad way to start the conversation
At the end of day, goddammit, I’m killin’ this sh-t
I know damn well y’all feelin’ this sh-t
I don’t need yo’ p-ssy, bitch, I’m on my own d-ck
I ain’t gotta power trip, who you goin’ home with?
How ‘Ye doin’? I’m survivin’
I was drinkin’ earlier, now I’m drivin’
Where the bad bitches, huh? Where ya hidin’?
I got the power, make yo’ life so excitin’ (So excitin’)
Now this would be a beautiful death
Jumpin’ out the window
Lettin’ everything go
Lettin’ everything go
N-now-now this would be a beautiful death
Jumpin’ out the window
Lettin’ everything go
Lettin’ everything go
Now this would be a beautiful death
Jumpin’ out the window
Lettin’ everything go
Lettin’ everything go
You got the power to let power go
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    • kaithekanyehater
    • August 6th, 2010

    yea… def not gonna watch this.

    -kanye hater

      • julianno247
      • August 6th, 2010

      Hating is 2007 Ebony Chappel! lol

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