Posts tagged Kanye West.
Jasmine Mans - You Gone Get The Work Nigga
I know niggas in Timb boots that’ll stomp your face through a fucking floor
Prisons that got bars that are better than yours
Y’know I would say I’m sonning you bastards
But if it was left up to me, you woulda been gone by the morning after
If Assata Shakur broke out of prison,
Why would I respect a nigga doing a bitch sentence for no snitching?
You got ya niggas out here dying deaths bloodier than Christ’s, yet not even worth half the sacrifice
If Malcolm killed for freedom, why would I respect you niggas out here killing for bragging rights?
You females are emcee, yeah, but you half the light
All you do is rap about your pussy, so your walls and your rhymes are half as tight
You the baddest bitch, yeah, all the bark but half the bite
Never needed Martin to tell me that a million men weren’t made to march to Maybach Music
There is no secondary to revolutionary so I’ll put Calvary in my vocabulary
And if I’m my father’s child then fuck it, my resurrection is hereditary
All you niggas talk about is pussy, clothes and gunplay
But God so loved the world that He sent me to spit you a Easter Sunday
Your reign is over nigga, it’s His Son’s day
Don’t make it rain if you can’t make shit grow
Don’t say you love your hood but can’t spit a 16 about hope
Don’t say you believe in God if you’re the same nigga that gained the whole world for the price of your soul
Don’t say that numbers don’t lie if they made you believe that you could put a price on your soul
And all you’ve got to show for yourself is a body full of tattoos and nice clothes
Answer me this: is a fly nigga really a fly nigga if no one’s around to see him when the curtains closed?
Or do niggas who say they get bitches really get bitches if all he fucks is hoes?
And if niggas who say they get bitches really get bitches like they say they get bitches
Then chances are that nigga probably got fleas and he may be mistaking for being sick with HIV
But these niggas are immune to the system and blood-tested in the street
He’d rather beat his blues over the street, he’s positive Eazy-E
But before the results came out, he died in his Chuck’s and his Dickie’s
Congrats nigga, your dick may be long but that’s the only thing about you that’s deep
The most harmful thing in the world is a nigga with a microphone whose mind is weak
If it takes a village to raise a child, it’s funny how you make millions and niggas back at home are still dying right on your street
Because niggas like you have never been “Man in the Mirror” enough to watch what you speak
You ain’t drop out of school because you needed to hustle
You dropped out of school because you couldn’t read
You was sick of niggas clowning you in Block C
Now you a rich fella who makes fun of regular niggas with college degrees
But the difference between the man you are and the men they are is that they can read their children bedtime stories
Ignorant is the man who thinks he’s winning but can’t pronounce the credits on his own CD or the tags on his own clothes
I get it, you niggas should stick to pony, it’s only two syllables
You know I always pictured Kanye with one of Carol’s Daughters, never a fucking Kardashian
But shit, nowadays even Carol’s Daughters don’t even look African
If God forgives and you don’t, that makes you half the man, yet all the sin
But I guess there’s no point in believing in God if you can’t see Him
And if He’s small enough to wear around your neck, I see why you niggas think that you could be Him
You niggas mistake heaven for being rich, real weight for being a clip, honesty for being a snitch
Soon, you won’t even be able to tell the difference between your daughter and ya bitch
You should only believe about 90 percent of what I say. As a matter of fact, don’t even believe anything that I’m saying at all. I could be completely fucking with you, and the world, the entire time.
You know how they say, “Jack of all trades, master of none”? I want to be master of all. And not even to be a jack but a king. In fact, not even a king. An ace.
Notable quotes from Behind Kanye’s Mask by Jon Caramanica
On receiving recognition for one’s work: “Anytime I’ve had a big thing that’s ever pierced and cut across the Internet, it was a fight for justice. Justice. And when you say justice, it doesn’t have to be war. Justice could just be clearing a path for people to dream properly. It could be clearing a path to make it fair within the arena that I play. You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, ‘This is wrong.’”
On the 2007 Grammy Awards: “I remember when both Gnarls Barkley and Justin [Timberlake] lost for Album of the Year, and I looked at Justin, and I was like: ‘Do you want me to go onstage for you? You know, do you want me to fight…’”
On his attitude that has led to infamous outbursts: “It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.”
On his relationship with the public: “I don’t have some type of romantic relationship with the public. I’m like, the anti-celebrity, and my music comes from a place of being anti.”
On the connection between art and pain: “Creative output, you know, is just pain. I’m going to be cliché for a minute and say that great art comes from pain. But also I’d say a bigger statement than that is: Great art comes from great artists. There’s a bunch of people that are hurt that still couldn’t have made the album that was super-polarizing and redefined the sound of radio.”
On the duplication of his sound: “There are people who have figured out the exact, you know, Kanye West formula, the mix between Graduation and 808s, and were able to become more successful at it.”
On the evolution of his sound: “I used to have tracks that sounded like Timbaland; I had tracks that sounded like [DJ Premier]. But Jay-Z was an amazing communicator that made the soul sound extremely popular. And because I could make the soul sound in my sleep, it finally gave me a platform to put the message that my parents put inside of me and that dead prez helped to get out of me and Mos Def and [Talib] Kweli, they helped to get out of me: I was able to put it, sloppily rap it, on top of the platform that Jay-Z had created for me.”
On how his upbringing as influenced his sound: “…I am my father’s son. I’m my mother’s child. That’s how I was raised. I am in the lineage of Gil Scott-Heron, great activist-type artists. But I’m also in the lineage of a Miles Davis — you know, that liked nice things also.”
On relationship with Kim Kardashian: “Any woman that you’re in love with or that loves you is going to command a certain amount of, you know, energy. It’s actually easier to focus, in some ways… I’m the type of rock star that likes to have a girlfriend, you know? I’m the type of soul that likes to be in love and likes to be able to focus. And that inspires me.”
On upcoming fatherhood: "Well, I just don’t want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn’t America’s baby."
On his confidence in music and fashion: “The longer your ‘gevity is, the more confidence you build. The idea of Kanye and vanity are like, synonymous. But I’ve put myself in a lot of places where a vain person wouldn’t put themselves in.”
On his dedication to fashion: “The passion is for people. The passion is for the 18-year-old version of myself. The passion is for the kids at my shows. I need to do more. I need to be able to give people more of what they want that currently is behind a glass. I don’t believe that it’s luxury to go into a store and not be able to afford something. I believe luxury is to be able to go into a store and be able to afford something.”
On meeting resistance in the fashion industry: “I’ve had meetings where a guy actually told me, ‘What we’re trying to figure out is how we can control you.’ In the meeting, to me! Why do you want to control me? Like, I want the world to be better! All I want is positive! All I want is dopeness! Why would you want to control that?”
On comparing himself to Steve Jobs: “I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.”
On being a cultural linchpin: “I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people: ‘This is the level that things could be at.’ So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.”
Leave it to nature or karma to settle the score.