|The Huffington Post has written a well thought out article detailing the rise Kanye West, how he has become the most "egotistical" man in music, the lyrical messages behind "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" and more. If you've got a spare ten minutes, I highly suggest giving this a read. |
And for as miserable as his wealth has made him by this point (see "Hit the mall, pick up some Gucci/ Now ain't nothing new but your shoes" from 2011's "Murder to Excellence"), he anticipated this back in 2003 in the College Dropout days. Despite being more narratively framed and mildly worded, "All Falls Down" is very thematically similar to "New Slaves" a decade prior: "Shine because they hate us/ Floss cause we the greatest/ We tryna buy back our 40 acres," and yet -- and yet! -- after you succeed in buying back those 40 acres, "Even if you in a Benz you still a ***** in a coupe," "Because they made us hate ourself and love they wealth," "And the white man get paid off of all of that." Sounds pretty familiar -- yes, gasp! in the "good old days" before he "sold out" and "lost touch with himself" Kanye was talking about the same things! Not to mention it acknowledges and does away with accusations of hypocrisy on its own: "I ain't even gon act holier than thou/ Cause fuck it, I went to Jacob with 25 thou..." Like, duh guys, he's painfully aware that he's part of the problem. He hates himself for it. He's still trapped in it. And now he's going to try and find a way out.