Breathe in, Breathe Out

Kanye West is famous for his political songs — usually attacking George Bush, drug companies and the hip-hop industry for its shallowness. Here, Kanye teams up with a rapper who celebrates shallow, and he self-deprecatingly parodies himself (and his trademark self-righteousness) parodying everyone else. But is it cool to rap about gold, If I told the world I copped it from Ghana and Mali? he asks at the start of the song, before rationalising I’m the first nigga with a Benz and a backpack, Ice chain

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