Believe What I Say by Kanye West

December 23, 2023
David Sunnyside

Kanye West is an introspective individual who often uses his music to convey meaningful messages. The song Believe What I Say is a great example of this. It explores themes of personal growth and self-belief, urging listeners to follow their own path and not be afraid to be different. It's a powerful and inspiring track that will leave you feeling uplifted.

In the song, Kanye mentions his own struggles with mental health, saying that he's been "in jail" (presumably referring to his time in the hospital for psychiatric treatment). He also talks about the pressure of living up to expectations from fans and critics, saying that holding everything inside might have driven him crazy. He then raps about a past relationship, with Jamaican dancehall artist Buju Banton contributing to the bridge and interlude. He explains that the lady in his life couldn't read him right and was easily fooled by others.

Kanye also refers to the Taylor Swift drama, saying that she had him "in a box like a pharaoh". This references his infamous GQ interview where he called Swift a fake and faker than Michael Jackson. On a recent episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian revealed that she and Kanye had spoken about the feud in detail ahead of the release of Donda and that Ye had even called Swift to apologize.

The music video for this track features naked sculptures of a variety of famous people, including Swift, President George W. Bush, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Caitlyn Jenner, and others. The artwork is based on Vincent Desiderio's 2008 painting Sleep, which features nude sculptures of celebrities laying in a bed with a single bed sheet covering them.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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