Y'all throwing contracts at me
You know that niggas can't read
“You know that niggas cant read” — Chris Rock — Bring the Pain (1996)
He references the common racist stereotype that black people can’t read. This serves as another reference to slaves, who either couldn’t read, had to hide the fact that they could or were straight up lied to. This new slavery involves complex lawyer language written up by the corporations in contracts, you’re just another black man signing a contract. These corporations know this and love it.
In the SNL performance, Ye says “don’t read” which instead shifts the assertion from blacks being stereotypically illiterate to stereotypically lazy.
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