For my theme song
Perhaps “Black Skinhead” is supposed to begin where “Power” left off, portraying the after-effects and hangover of a power trip. The metaphor could be extended further however.
Kanye also seems to have an allegorical affinity for the DC superhero Batman, and they do draw many parallels. Being a “dark knight” in both the racial sense, as well as being seen as a vigilante or bad guy, when only trying to do good.
Jay-Z probably said it best when paraphrasing the famous line from the Batman: Dark Knight movie, when he stated on Dark Fantasy’s “So Appalled” (and in this case Kanye and fellow hip-hop artists he affiliates with)
Dark Knight feeling, die and be a hero
Or live long enough to see yourself become a villain
To extend on this metaphor, Kanye has recently been wearing masks and elaborate costumes to his live performances, going on rants about how he “isn’t a celebrity” and is rather an arbiter for culture, not some sort of public figure that gauges the morality of the youth. He is the hero/artist for music and people’s culture in the same way that Batman is a hero for the people of Gotham City. Though the media may purport the view of both “heroes” as something that should inspire hate, they are both
“The hero the city deserves, but not the one it needs right now.”
This metaphor continues the theme presented in the first track, On Sight, where Kanye samples a an old vocal track from kids in a Chicago church choir, that sings “He’ll give us what we need. It may not be what we want” thus making the Kanye/Jesus/Batman allegory come full circle.
Note: On the final version, the one who say this line is Lupe Fiasco, that why he was credited on the album as Wasalu Jaco, his real name. He also helped Kanye to write this song but did NOT work on this song as a producer.
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