I gotta bring it back to the 'nolia
In Nina Simone’s rendition of “Strange Fruit,” she mentions:
Scent of magnolia
This refers to the magnolia tree, which may have been a type used in lynchings in the South.
Additionally, in the following lines, Kanye takes us back to the days of No Limit Records by referencing the classic song “Down 4 My Niggas” by C-Murder, the No Limit rapper who hails from the highly dangerous, Magnolia projects. These projects were one of the largest in New Orleans, and were notorious for their high crime rates.
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