Middle America packed in
Came to see me in my black skin
Kanye packs arenas and stadiums all over America as he did in the highly profitable Watch The Throne Tour.
This is not only a reference to Middle America, which has a predominantly white population who’ve come to see Kanye perform but a further play on the King Kong reference in the previous line. In the story of King Kong, he was caged and displayed around New York.
Of course, the “Middle Passage” was where slaves from Africa were “packed in” on ships during the voyage to America.
It is also possible that Kanye intends this to be a direct reference to SNL and his 2013 performance on it. After all, he has voiced displeasure with SNL in the past, and SNL is considered to be a cultural touchstone for white, middle-class America. Of course, he debuted this song on this show. Listening to the version he performed on SNL, it really sounds like he’s saying: “came to see him and his black kin.”
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