“Heaven and Hell” is the fourteenth track from Kanye West’s 2021 album “DONDA”. The song has a verse by Kanye West that contrasts his life between the metaphors of Heaven and Hell on Earth. Let’s explore the meaning of the song in detail.
‘Donda’ is Kanye West’s tenth studio album released on August 29, 2021, having been repeatedly teased and delayed. Kanye West hosted two evenings of listening to the album at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta before the album’s release, and the third in Chicago.
The track’s intro interpolates a song from the 20th Century Steel Band’s 1975 song “Heaven and Hell is on Earth.”
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These lyrics from the 20th Century Steel Band are about the supposed “hell” on Earth. We are all rats caught in a mad rush: to study, to work, to have children and to die. The group also contrasts between the straight path and the evil paths that one can choose to live this life; “The men go to work and some steal. “ Ultimately, everyone is doing all of this to survive until we run out of steam.
In the song’s only verse, Kanye appears to compare his life in Heaven on Earth, a contrast to the song’s intro. Kanye West is at the top of the musical game with countless branded deals and has his own brands. Money is no longer a problem for him. He also seems to have found God in his heart, which is evident throughout this album and the previous album “JESUS IS KING”.
At this stage of fame, Kanye doesn’t need a promo to release an album. He barely promoted the ‘DONDA’ album despite the live listening parties he was hosting. Promotion comes automatically at this point. He doesn’t need to do talk shows, do interviews, appear in magazines, or pay advertisers to promote his music. Even the cover of the album ‘DONDA’ was ultimately just a black background. He compares himself to Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. While this might not be a very realistic comparison, we get the idea.
Ye settles in a religious theme towards the last part of the verse. He says the Lord sees everything and everyone. If you have been a sinner, it is not yet too late for you to be saved. This life is yours and you own the script. But write your script with footnote credits to Lord. Keep this in mind at all times.
Ye says that at the standard of living he has achieved now, he cannot fail now, both commercially and with his faith. He seems to be ahead of those two ends. This is the standard of living where the devil begs you.
Kanye also says that every day we live in this world is a blessing from God. So keep praying for fresh breath tomorrow. Keep praying for new opportunities tomorrow. Kanye wants everyone to hear his music and be pressured by them to do the right thing.
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