In an outtake from Ice-T’s ‘The Art Of Rap,’ Kanye West stated that he never wrote down his lyrics until his last solo album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
West admitted that his lyrics went from in his mind then immediately to the booth, but when he began writing them down Yeezy saw a change in quality of his lyrics.
“I didn’t write my raps down for my first four albums – like all, I did it from the head straight to the booth,” he said. “But on this last album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, I wrote it because I really put myself in the zone that my life was dependent on the success of this album. With that being the case, I said, ‘You know what? No matter what anybody says about me, I can write something that can make someone that hates me the most have to really respect or love the song.’ So even a song like ‘Power,’ I spent 5,000 hours writing it, and it’s really the psychology behind the lyrics; it’s not just blatantly, ‘I’ve got all the powers’ – [it’s] ‘No one man should have all that power.’ It’s word[ed] it in a really sensitive way that opens it up for everyone.”
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