At times the song conveys remorse for his narcissisticbehavior, but before he truly reaches the point of regret, he is recharged, andreturns to bragging, boasting and dismantling haters.
The video, which Kanye refers to as a "moving Painting,"holds a deeper message.
Romanand Renaissance iconography, "Power" is an animated painting. It opens witha menacing image of the artist, wearing black and a massive gold chain,standing in a darkly lit framed entryway.
As the camera shot expands, scantily-clad women are beforehim. A set of staff-wielding twins with devil horns pose as guards. A cherub sitsin front of him, and others hang upside down from atop of the frame.
According to the song, Kanye enjoys being surrounded by suchdecadence, but the moving portrait signifies that the fame comes with a price.Sword Of Damocles.In the story, Syracusan ruler Dionysius II allows one of his servants to changeplaces with him for a day so he could experience being in power. The servant,Damocles, enjoyed the day. But during dinner, a sword hanging from the ceilingby a single horse hair was brought down closer to his neck. The fear of beingkilled by the sword distracted him from all of the luxuries. Damocles wanted toreturn to normalcy.
He can't be ready to quit, though. After he says that no manshould have this much power, he says "the clock's tickin'/I just count thehours." And in one of the closing lines, he adds, "Now this would be abeautiful death," making it clear that fear of death could not deter him fromhis goals.
"The Portrait Of Power" director Marco Brambilla, who doesnot shoot music videos, was glad to work with Kanye. "It was a really great opportunity to show amoment of defiance and a moment of self-awareness," he told NYMag.com."It's that combination that he has as an artist that's very peculiar."
Kanye sought out the DemolitionMan director after seeing his Civilization installation at The StandardHotel in New York.It's also a moving portrait that chronicles the journey from hell to heaven.
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