Kanye West and American “Power”

Photo Credit: Mitch Epstein, Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia 2004

Kanye West has returned and in a way it’s pleasant, even my mama likes him…kind of. West put his best foot forward this week, releasing “Power”, a piece of ear candy the people have been craving on the internets. Complete with easy to sing along chants in the background, the anthem makes impact. Gone is Amber Rose, Louis Vuitton, fancy sneakers and tight pants. All that’s left are the reasons we liked Ye in the first place. When those other things return I might check out though cause it’s still too soon for me for that to come back. Then again it’s still too soon for Eminem to comeback for me…

S1 of Waco, Texas’ Strange Fruit Project co-produced “Power”. It’s the first official leak from Kanye West’s upcoming album Good *ss Job, due later this year. Can’t wait to see what happens then cause with this one song yesterday the internets went nuts in a torrent of fandom Dr. Dre could only wish he would get if he finally gets around to putting out Detox. Or at least the blogs and twitter went nuts. Some said Kanye saved music…again. “No one man should have all that POWER” he rhymed. Word.

“You got the power to let power go?” he asks at the end which got me thinking. Do Americans have the power to let power go?

Kanye West feat. Dwele- “Power”

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Much has been said of American power, the force we exert, the will we force on the globe. But then, quite literally, much has also been said about American power, the energy that “sustains” this country, the power that we crave enough to send rigs deep into the ocean’s floor without seeing to it regulations are made and enforced for the good of the planet.
I came across this website dedicated to American power. The project features the photographs taken by its creator all over the country.

I have tried to convey in these pictures the beauty and terror of early 21st century America, as it clings to past comforts and gropes for a more sensible future.” —Mitch Epstein, New York City, 2009

Find out more about the American power project visit whatisamericanpower.com/about

You can tell the world what American Power means to you now and for the future in 125 words or less at whatisamericanpower.com/answer Here’s what’s been said already. What do you think?

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