Golly, more of that bullshit ice rap
I got to 'pologize to Mos and Kweli (probably)
Instead of rapping about the world around him, he finds himself rapping about his fame and wealth.
He is apologizing to Mos Def and Talib Kweli because of their reputation as “conscious” political rappers, whose 1998 album Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are: Black Star was critical of the materialistic turn in hip-hop. As of College Dropout, Kanye saw himself as someone with one foot in the underground. Indeed, he collaborated with Mos and Kweli on a variety of tracks and public appearances.
Kanye tried to keep his connection to “conscious” rap alive in 2005, changing his track “Diamonds Are Forever” to the more politically-charged “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”. Today, though, rapping about unimaginable wealth is Kanye’s metier, and this kind of apology is unthinkable.
It’s worth noting though that both Mos and Kweli are still close to Kanye — Mos is signed to GOOD Music and has appeared with him on many songs (Lord Lord Lord, Don’t Look Down, Drunk and Hot Girls); and Ye produced and featured on Talib’s In The Mood, and Kweli returned the favour on the MBDTF B-side Chain Heavy.
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