Kanye West featuring Dwele, "Power"

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Kanye West followed the warm, synth-laden hip-hop of "Graduation" with the introspective, Auto-Tuned R&B of "808s & Heartbreak," making it difficult to predict the direction of upcoming album "Good Ass Job." With its stunning mix of rock-leaning production, memorable rhymes and unadulterated attitude, new single "Power" is a pissed-off shot of adrenaline that plays upon all of the controversial rapper's strengths. Rhyming over a soulful vocal harmony and an abrasive sample of King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man," West dismisses his doubters, takes a shot at "Saturday Night Live" and shrugs off his recent hiatus from hip-hop. "I just needed time alone, with my own thoughts/Got treasures in my mind but couldn't open up my own vaults," he raps. If this explosive single is any indication, "Good Ass Job" will likely find the rapper hungry to return to the top of the charts.-Jason Lipshutz