About how I could build a new Rome in one day

from Kanye West (Ft. Big Sean & Jay Z) – Clique Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Kanye objects and wants to build his music empire with G.O.O.D. equal to the heights of the Roman Empire at its peak and he wants it done quickly. This plays off the previous line, of how Rome was destroyed in one day. Ye does fancy himself a modern Caesar.

It is worth noting that Roman emperor Julius Caesar was the successor of Pompeii, tying into the previous line. Furthermore, Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” deals with themes of power and arrogance, both of which Kanye can surely relate to, and Caesar himself was assassinated by his political “clique,” his friends who turned out to be conspirators. Et tu, Big Sean?

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