“I'm the one, baby/Since God gave his only begotten son, baby/It's hard preachin' the gospel to the slums lately/So I had to put the church on the drums, baby” -Kanye West
Song: Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Marsha Ambrosius & Cocaine 80s "The One"
On “The One,” Kanye recalls a flow left behind after “Jesus Walks,” one where holy images are transposed against Kanye's wishes for better hoods. Here, West is ready to fight for safe, prosperous Chicago slums, yet again. Like the famous Wu-Tang line from “Triumph,” where the “dumb” to be taught the truth are “mostly intrigued by the drum,” Kanye realizes that many find religion and preaching to be dated and stale. Rather than talking, 'Ye crafts master beats that draw people in, then traps them with a powerful message.