Ign'ant Kanye vs. Conscious Kanye

"I treat the cash the way the government treats AIDS/I won't be satisfied til all my niggas get it, get it?"

Song: "Gorgeous" (2010)
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Conscious Or Ign'ant?: Conscious

Like most rappers, Kanye is an unapologetic conspiracy theorist. He accepts as fact that the government created the crack and AIDS epidemics to control the black working class. The twist in "Gorgeous" is what makes it noteworthy. In just a few lines, a multitude of implications: that affluence is a form of disease; that wealth is a form of revenge; that money is a political weapon. The fact that Kanye has been as enthusiastic in his paper chasing as he over the course of his career only serves to strengthen his his image, and self-image, as an unsolvable paradox.

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