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November 5, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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Three Kanye codas

Posted by Andrew Matson


"All of the Lights" is the newest Kanye West song floating around the Internet, and the third in the ramp-up to his upcoming album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" to make notable use of a coda, which is a kind of formal conclusion to a piece of music. Kanye's "Late Registration" (2005) album experimented with extending rap songs into sequential movements, but his use of the coda these days seems connected to a desire to attach a "Pt. 2" to a song, to present it and also its sequel in one fell swoop. The coda sign is above, the coda-featuring songs are below. Listen to them all the way through for the prize at the bottom of the box, the fruit underneath the yogurt, the next episode, etc.

"All of the Lights" by Kanye West (feat. Rihanna, Elton John, Fergie, John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Charlie Wilson, La Roux's Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, and Kid Cudi)

"Christian Dior Denim Flow" by Kanye (feat. Kid Cudi, Pusha T, John Legend Lloyd Banks)

"Power" by Kanye West (feat. Dwele)

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