But is it cool to rap about gold
If I told the world I copped it from Ghana and Mali? (Mali!)

from Kanye West (Ft. Ludacris) – Breathe In Breathe Out Lyrics on Rap Genius


Kanye suggests that his gauche raps about wealth and precious gems might be made acceptable to Mos/Kweli if he framed it as support for an indigenous African industry. Ghana and Mali are two of Africa’s more stable democracies, and buying precious metals from them can be considered a form of economic support.

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