[Verse 3 - Kanye West]

from Jay Z (Ft. Kanye West & Rihanna) – Run This Town Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

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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