The Break Down of “Power”

A great analysis of Kanye West’s music video trailer for “Power” done by my friend, Liana George. Peep her knowledge.

He’s either paranoid or knows that something’s gonna take him out, Don. At least by my interpretation. There’re alot of symbols in the vid. You first see Kanye walking slowly up to the gates of that open place, and then he stops and just continues to look in. The white-skin woman with the horns and the staff on either side of the gates is Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of many things, but in this context, she’s the one who usually welcomed the recently deceased to the afterlife (at the gates).
Sitting between Hathor, the gates and Kanye is, what I suspect, a guardian angel. Above Kanye’s head is the Sword of Damocles. Damocles saw all the king’s riches and thought that he was so fortunate and powerful, so King Dionysius was like, “Ok, you can be king for a day,” and let Damocles have all these awesome things. Later on, Damocles sat down for dinner and was eating, having a good time, and all of a sudden looked up and saw a sharpened sword hanging from the ceiling from a horse’s hair above his head. He immediately gave the king back his riches and power, not wanting it anymore.
The idea was that for those who gain more power, there will always be more dread and foreboding that comes along with it hanging above your head. I figure because even the most powerful can’t escape fate.

So, Kanye’s right at the gates of the afterlife, with the “sword” ready to fall at any time above his head, and the only thing standing between him and the afterlife are his guardian angels.

Cool break down Liana. Liana is one of the coolest people I’ve met and great to build with on subjects pertaining to anthropology.



  1. Shidah-Sdot · August 10, 2010

    Liana is AMAZING

  2. Shidah-Sdot · August 10, 2010

    can you PLEASE find the widget that allows you to tweet a posting and add it to your site…thanks

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