I just need to clear my mind now
It's been racin' since the summertime
The first verse refers to a time when Kanye was able to have “innocent” relationships free from media limelight. By saying his mind has been racing since the summertime, he could be referring to the time of his life when he was more carefree and happy (“summer”), likely prior to him going major. He might also be referring to his relationship with Alexis Phifer.
Another interpretation is that he’s been fantasizing about a girl that has been keeping his mind occupied all summer.
Some might even say that her feet must be tired:
Also possible reference to Billie Holiday’s “Summertime.” Her version of “Strange Fruit” is the most well known and while Simone’s version is the one used here, it is reasonable that the use of “summertime” is an intentional nod to Holiday.
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