"Crack raised the murder rate in D.C. and Maryland/We invested in that, it's like we got Merrill Lynched/And we been hanging from the same tree ever since."
Song: "Crack Music" (2005)
Album: Late Registration
Conscious Or Ign'ant?: Conscious
"Crack Music" raised the question that would become central to Kanye's career: Is corporate prosperity its own form of slavery? By drawing a line from Wall Street to the antebellum South and back to the present-day hood, "Crack Music" answers in the affirmative. This is perhaps the finest demonstration of Kanye's favorite lesson: There is no difference between street commerce and corporate commerce if the white-operated power structure is the ultimate benefactor.