As the first single released from Mary J. Blige's upcoming album Strength of a Woman, "Love Yourself" makes a strong showing for what's to come. Over a heavy bass drum, Kanye and Blige implore listeners to "love yourself" and "feed yourself before you feed somebody else."
"'Love Yourself' is hardcore hip-hop soul," Blige said. "It's me talking to myself when I was in it. 'Don't give up. Love yourself.' When you hear the words, you'll hear it…I'm a fan of Kanye. I've always loved Kanye. I've always wanted to work with Kanye. I reached out to his manager, got a number on him, began to text him back and forth about how I really wanted him on 'Love Yourself.'"
Kanye speaks directly about the power and responsibility he has to forward his community. "I decided not to use my color as a handicap," he raps, "I cannot be complacent / In my job, be courageous."