Hear This: With “Power,” Kanye West started the decade anew

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, in honor of our upcoming Best Films Of The Decade So Far list, which launches, tomorrow, we’re talking about songs from some of the best records of the decade so far.

Kanye West, “Power” (2010)

People shit on Kanye West a lot, and I get it. He’s a chattering egomaniac who’s married to a contour-happy reality star that a lot of people don’t like or get. He seems generally humorless, mostly ridiculous, and gives himself a lot more credit than he deserves most of the time. On the other hand, he’s really fucking smart, and the music he makes? God, it’s really good. A top-notch producer and rapper, and a boundary-pushing and somewhat talented conceptual artist that at the very least knows how to masterfully curate others …

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