You know what the Midwest is? Young and restless
Where restless (niggas) might snatch your necklace
And next these (niggas) might jack your Lexus
Kanye — who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago (Oak Lawn, IL) — is commenting on how all too commonplace theft of cars and jewelry are in the Midwest. He may even be likening all the drama that takes place to The Young and the Restless, a classic TV soap opera.
All three of these lines are actually taken from (with slight alterations) a Rhymefest verse in “Bounce” from a few years prior to “Jesus Walks”. Rhymefest accordingly received co-writing credits on this track
The voice replacing Kanye in the middle of each line is Curtis Mayfield, sampled from Mayfield’s “Don’t Worry if There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go” (intereting song to sample in a song called “Jesus Walks”). It is perhaps meant to represent a racist man looking in from the outside, yelling about how these, um, “hoodlums” are ruining society
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