[Verse 3 - Kanye West]
Kanye’s verse, rather than being about cementing his place at the top, is about how it feels to be there, and the good and the bad about it (something he was pondering a lot around the time of this song’s release — hence 808s and Heartbreak).
To help paint the medium for his lyrics, he lets the beat switch out for a bit to a more laid-back, melodic soundscape for the first part of his verse.
On a leaked tape:
I’m pushing the envelope! I wrote my fuckin' ‘Run This Town’ verse for a fuckin' month! When I heard Eminem’s verse on the Drake shit, I went back and rewrote my shit for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I fuckin' care!
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