Ign'ant Kanye vs. Conscious Kanye

"I know that people wouldn't usually rap this/But I got the facts to back this/Just last year, Chicago had over 600 caskets/Man, killing's some wack shit."

Song: "Everything I Am" (2007)
Album: Graduation
Conscious Or Ign'ant?: Conscious

Hip-hop has never been big on facts. It's far more fun to boast in rhyme about doming, bodying or murking some nameless foe than it is to face the cold hard statistics as Kanye does in "Everything I Am." If he had only said "killing's some wack shit" the line might have been nothing more than a naïve slogan. It's the image of 600 caskets in Chicago that gives the verse its venom.

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