Kanye West’s “Power” vs. “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” – Vote for the Best Song
When it comes to hip-hop in 2016, Kanye West has been dominating the conversation. Whether it’s a new album, a surprise studio collaboration, teaming up with a major brand or using Twitter as a sounding board, he continuously makes headlines for every move he makes.
Last month, Yeezy dropped his seventh solo LP, The Life of Pablo, after four title changes, edited tracklists and a seemingly endless amount of collaborators. While his road to debuting the project was quite the journey of triumphs and tribulations, the music is what matters most. To get to this point, the Chi-town MC has blessed fans with solid, standout material ranging from mixtape cuts, album singles and Grammy-winning efforts over the years.
With so many songs in this rap powerhouse’s catalog, XXL is highlighting some of the best and pitting them against each other to find out which one reigns supreme according to you, the fans. We started out with 32 tracks, selected from his seven albums, to compete. Round one in the bracket competition has ended and now we're on to round two. Up next are "Power" and "Diamonds From Sierra Leone."
If a rapper ever needed theme music for their career, “Power” would certainly fit the bill. Kanye’s lead single off his 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, finds him as confident as ever, rhyming over an S1-assisted beat. The MC realizes he’s got nothing to lose in a world that he adamantly looks upon as his own.
“Diamonds From Sierra Leone” is one of ‘Ye’s deeper tracks on his Late Registration LP. On first listen, “Diamonds are forever (forever, forever) / Throw your diamonds in the sky if you feel the vibe,” is a nod to the ice hanging around his neck and his home at Roc-A-Fella but on the remix, he gives fans a history lesson by delivering more detail on the situation in Sierra Leone and conflict diamonds: “Good mornin’, this ain’t Vietnam still / People lose hands, legs, arms, for real / Little was known of Sierra Leone / And how it connect to the diamonds we own.” At the 2006 Grammy Awards, ‘Ye walked away with the win for Best Rap Song.
Now it’s time to vote. Think hard and place your vote in the poll below for your favorite song: Kanye’s “Power” or “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.” This round ends on March 18 so make your vote count. You can vote once per hour until the poll closes.
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